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Thousands of Haitians gathered yester-
day to say an emotional final farewell to
former President Rene Preval, 74, the
country's first democratically elected
leader to peacefully transfer power to
In two hours of religious and civil cer-
emonies, bishops and family members
remembered the soft-spoken former
agronomist as a man of simplicity who
held the country's farmers in high re-
"Many people have said that my fa-
ther did not like to speak too much. In
effect, that is true," said Patricia Preval,
his diminutive daughter.
Rene Preval, who died last Friday, had
an understated style, a marked con-
trast to the fiery oration of his one-time
friend, former President Jean-Bertrand
Aristide, or the showmanship of his fi-
nal successor, Michel Martelly.
Preval will be best remembered in-
ternationally for leading Haiti in the
immediate aftermath of a 7.0-mag-
nitude earthquake that killed at least
His daughter also said that, despite
serving as a prime minister and later
a popular two-time president, politics
did not even interest him.
"Politics was a means to develop-
ment, (that) was what he loved," she
said during a speech in which her voice
occasionally cracked with emotion.
Yet local politics were not complete-
ly absent from the funeral, in which
Preval's casket stood in the center of a
stage draped in Haiti's blue and red flag.
Current President Jovenel Moise's
speech at the end of the service was
met with jeers, as some said it resem-
bled more a campaign speech than a
Preval's body will be buried on Sat-
urday afternoon in his hometown,
Marmelade, in the north of the country.
"He wasn't a bad president... he
wasn't a liar," Anna Lamartiniere, 64,
said in the stands before the service.
"He did good work for the country, he
Intruder arrested after scaling White House fence
An intruder carrying a back-
pack was arrested after scaling
a fence around the White House
and entering the grounds, the US
Secret Service said yesterday,
in the latest breach of security
at the president's official resi-
President Donald Trump was
inside the White House when the
male suspect climbed over the fence
on the complex's South Grounds at
11:38 pm on Friday, and uniformed
officers arrested him.
The intruder, who authorities
did not immediately identify, was
quoted by CNN as telling the agents
that he was a friend of the president
and had an appointment with him.
Trump thanked the service on
yesterday afternoon, and com-
mended the agents for apprehending
"Secret Service did a fantastic
job," Trump told reporters at the
start of a working lunch with several
Cabinet members at his golf course
outside Washington. "It was a trou-
The incident unfolded despite a
series of recommendations to tight-
en security after a 2014 intrusion
that led to the resignation of Secret
Service director Julia Pierson.
In 2015, a row of sharp spikes was
bolted to the top of the black iron
fence around the 18-acre property,
making it more difficult to scale.
In the latest incident, the suspect
was apprehended near the south
portico entrance, where presidents
often address the public, CNN said.
The entrance is near the part of the
White House where the president
The backpack carried by the in-
truder was screened and searched
as a precaution, and no hazardous
material was found, according
the statement. The Secret Ser-
vice searched the north and south
grounds but nothing of concern
The suspect had no arrest record
or history with the agency charged
with protecting the president, his
family and other elected officials,
the service said in a statement.
Neither the Secret Service nor the
White House responded immedi-
ately to a request for further details.
In the September 2014 White
House intrusion, the most serious
of the recent security incidents,
an Army veteran carrying a knife
climbed the fence and pushed his
way inside the building before he
Another man wearing an Amer-
ican flag jumped the fence in No-
vember 2015. In April 2016, an in-
truder threw a backpack over the
outer fence and then scaled it before
Earlier this year, a plan proposed
by the Secret Service and National
Park Service to build a taller, strong-
er fence with added features to de-
tect and deter climbers won final
Construction of the new 11-foot-
7-inch fence, compared with the
current 7-foot barrier, is due to
begin by next year, the Secret Ser-
vice said in January. That timetable
is about two years behind estimates
made in 2015.
The breaches have further eroded
the credibility of the service, whose
reputation was already damaged
when it was revealed in 2012 that
members had hired prostitutes while
in Colombia in advance of a trip by
then-President Barack Obama.
Joseph Clancy, who had replaced
Pierson during Obama's adminis-
tration, said in February that he
planned to step down in March,
allowing Trump to name his own
security chief. —REUTERS
Mosul IS battle: Mass grave found
at Badoush prison, Iraqi forces say
A mass grave containing the
remains of about 500 people
has been found at Badoush
prison near Mosul, Iraqi forces
The Shia-led Hashd al-Shaa-
bi forces said the victims were
"civilian prisoners" murdered by
militants from so-called Islamic
IS is alleged to have killed up to
600 inmates, most of them Shia
Muslims, when it seized Mosul in
Badoush prison was recaptured
earlier this week.
The Hashd al-Shaabi paramil-
itary forces said yesterday that
the "large mass grave" contained
the remains of about 500 civilian
prisoners who were "executed by
(IS) gangs after they controlled the
prison during their occupation of
However, an army source de-
ployed with Hashd forces was
unable to confirm the discovery.
Although yesterday's report
could not be immediately verified,
a 2014 report by Human Rights
Watch (HRW) said that hundreds
of male inmates were murdered by
IS gunmen at the time.
After Badoush prison was seized
in June 2014, some 1,500 inmates
were rounded up and transported
by lorry to an isolated stretch of
desert about 2km (1.2 miles) away,
survivors told the rights group.
According to the HRW report,
IS gunmen separated the Shia in-
mates from the Sunnis and Chris-
tians and then marched them to a
ravine, where they were forced to
kneel along its edge.
The Shia inmates were shot in
the head or back with assault rifles
and automatic weapons, according
to the survivors, who escaped by
pretending to be dead or because
they were shielded by the bodies
of victims who fell on top of them.
The Iraqi army's 9th Armoured
Division and allied militiamen re-
captured Badoush prison, north-
west of Mosul, on Wednesday.
A statement released by the
Iraqi forces did not say whether
they found anyone who was being
detained by IS.
Iraq's government launched an
operation to retake Mosul in Octo-
ber, and announced that the city's
eastern side had been liberated in
Troops are now pushing into
the more densely-populated west.
Badoush prison was
this week as Iraqi
forces continue their
battle to retake
Mosul from IS.
Former Haiti president Rene Preval
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