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As Haitians woke up to learn their President had been killed, an unidentified man called into a radio station and unleashed a strange monologue live on air

He was the translator for a group tasked with providing security for Haitian President Jovenel Moise, he said — but during an encounter at his private residence, “something terrible happened.”
“There’s loss of life but we didn’t do it,” he said.
The killing of Moise has sparked a sprawling investigation across multiple countries, supported by both the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation and Colombian intelligence services. No public statements have been released by at least two dozen people who have been detained in relation to the case. However, new audio and video recordings from the day of the killing obtained by CNN may offer a glimpse into the mindset of those now implicated in the assassination.

Overheard in Route de Kenscoff

While the unidentified caller was on Radio Mega, a local reporter happened to overhear him in person.
A reporter and his cameraman for Radio Television Caraibes, one of Haiti’s biggest radio stations, were driving up the hilly Route de Kenscoff on a motorbike toward the President’s private residence, on a mission to see what they could find out about the assassination.
Footage they filmed shows an apparently unsecured roadblock of two trucks, which they easily bypassed — the beginning of an extraordinary five minutes in the company of people who would soon be the most wanted men in Haiti.
Just up the hill, two men in balaclavas rose out of a ditch holding long guns and shouted. Malhaiko Senechal, the reporter, was unfazed. “I’m used to seeing men with guns in my work, when I’m driving around the city,” he said. “I thought they were helping the police who were responding to the murder.”
After 15 years of digging up news in Port-au-Prince, Senechal’s instinct was to stop and find out more. He saw more men standing under the shade of bushes and flowers overhanging a nearby wall. They looked watchful and a little restless, but not obviously hostile or upset, he told CNN. Three held guns and apparent protective vests, and a fourth was sitting down, speaking rapidly into his cellphone in Haitian Creole.
According to Senechal, the speaker described himself as a translator and insisted on the phone that he and his group had attempted to serve an arrest warrant to the President.
Meanwhile, Radio Mega listeners were hearing this live from the unidentified caller:
“This group is from the President’s own hand; it is a group that he let into the country to provide security for him. It turns out that the same group has been given a warrant to arrest the President.”
The same caller described the purported warrant in detail, and added, “Something terrible happened, although we were not expecting that to happen. I was only translating for them, though. When we tried to enter the gate to serve the warrant, the President’s entourage opened fire. Consequently, these agents opened fire in return to protect their lives.”
Standing a few feet away, Senechal called his boss, who confirmed his own growing suspicion — he was likely standing in the midst of those involved in the attack at the President’s house.
“When I heard the interpreter who was doing the interview with Radio Mega, I immediately knew that I was in danger, in danger because these were men that came and assassinated the President. If they can assassinate my President and I am just a simple citizen — well I was scared for my life,” Senechal said.
The Haitian flag flies at half-mast at the Presidential Palace in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, on July 10, three days after President Jovenel Moise was assassinated in his home.

An arrest plan

That anyone would claim they were both hired to protect the President and instructed to arrest him appears at best contradictory. Yet it bears close resemblance to explanations already given by Haitian and Colombian authorities in the week since the President’s killing.
At least 39 people have been implicated in the killing of President Moise, and 26 of the suspects are Colombian, many of them ex-military. Citing Haitian authorities, Colombian police said Thursday that some of the Colombians were hired and brought to Haiti on the understanding their job was to detain the leader and hand him over to United States law enforcement.
The initial plan was to “arrest the president and put him on display for the (US Drug Enforcement Agency),” Colombian police chief General Jorge Vargas said at a press conference in Bogota on Thursday. Haitian police have also said the suspects allegedly carried a document purporting to be an arrest warrant. CNN has no evidence of the document’s authenticity.
Several suspects did have US ties — some had been informants for the DEA and FBI, while others had participated in US military training and education programs while serving in the Colombian military. However, there is no indication of the DEA’s direct involvement in the operation that killed President Moise, according to Vargas, and the agency has said that none of the attackers were operating on its behalf.
A number of suspected killers were likely deceived by their compatriots, Colombian President Ivan Duque told a local radio station on Thursday. Preliminary investigation suggests the Colombians were working in two groups, he said: A smaller group who knew of a “criminal” objective and were aware the bigger operation was a cover-up, and a larger group that had been kept in the dark.
“An important group was taken there to work on a supposed private security mission, for protection. But there was a smaller group who apparently had detailed knowledge that the outcome of the mission was to be a criminal one,” Duque said, without offering further evidence.
Whether that outcome was meant to be a presidential assassination is not clear, he added.
A man is reflected on a cellphone at a memorial outside the Presidential Palace in memory of slain President Jovenel Moise, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Wednesday, July 14, 2021.
Two former Colombian military officers, Dubernay Capador and German Rivera, have been accused of leading the operation. The pair previously met with Christian Emmanuel Sanon, the Florida-based pastor whom Haitian authorities allege coordinated the military operation in hopes of seizing power for himself, according to Vargas, the Colombian police chief. Sanon has denied all knowledge of the operation and insisted on his innocence, according to a source close to the investigation who cannot be named because they are not authorized to discuss the affair.
A Colombian security guard for an oil company in Bogota, Matias Gutierrez, also said that Capador attempted to recruit him to travel to Haiti in early May, describing a job “as private security in Haiti. Security for the President of Haiti, who was believed to be under death threat.”
Three more of the known suspects are Haitian-Americans, of which two are believed to have been hired as translators for the group. Based on photos released after their arrest, Senechal believes that the man he spoke to — and who called into Radio Mega — was one of them.
Haitian Chief of National Police Leon Charles has declined to comment on whether any of the suspects have been formally charged or have legal representation, citing the ongoing investigation.
Capador and least two other Colombians were killed by Haitian authorities responding to the assassination.
Security forces conduct an investigation as a soldier stands guard at the entrance to the residence of Haitian President Jovenel Moise, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Wednesday, July 7, 2021.

Search turns up more questions

Arrests continue in Haiti amid the search for a local mastermind — or several — capable of bringing in, arming, and moving around dozens of foreign mercenaries. Several police officers and heads of security units have been put under “precautionary measures,” which are typically intended to limit movements, according to Haitian police. Four have been put in isolation, including the head of national palace security Dimitri Herard.
“I also believe this has been a much bigger plot and that the authorities will have to clarify many aspects. Who pushed for changing the outcome of the operation? Why all the people involved end up in the same place and not in two places? Who was in charge of protecting the President? These are all things we need to answer and we’re working with Haitian authorities so that they lead to the instigators of this assassination,” Duque, the Colombian President, said on Thursday.
But much of the investigation remains opaque, leaving plenty of fertile ground for conspiracy theory, speculation and rumor. Several key pieces of information remain undisclosed, including CCTV footage from inside the President’s residence, and the account of Haiti’s most prominent potential witness, First Lady Martine Moise, who was injured during last week’s attack. Her official Twitter account has released multiple statements reflecting on her husband’s death and thanking medical staff in Miami, where she is hospitalized, but has not commented on what happened.
Without the testimony of the suspects themselves, yet to be explained is why they apparently allowed Senechal and his cameraman to get so close and also to depart, asking only whether the pair had seen army or police troops at the bottom of the hill. The two journalists had not noticed any security forces on their way up the hill, Senechal says, though around 20 armed security officers could be seen coming from the nearby Place Saint Pierre as he left, about five minutes later.
Which raises one more question: Why Haitian authorities might have left a key roadblock unattended in front of the suspected assassins, even briefly. A spokeswoman for the Haitian police did not respond to CNN’s request for comment.

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Sea of Thieves: A Pirate’s Life Gameplay Images Unleashed As Two Pirate Worlds Collide

Summary

  • Enjoy the first glimpse of Sea of Thieves: A Pirate’s Life in action with a set of in-game screenshots.
  • Rare will premiere a new Gameplay Trailer highlighting Sea of Thieves: A Pirate’s Life during the Xbox Games Showcase: Extended broadcast on Thursday, June 17 at 10am PT.
  • Sea of Thieves Season Three launches June 22 and is available free for all players with Xbox Game Pass and across Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Windows 10 and Steam.

As part of a momentous collaboration between Xbox, Rare and Disney, we recently announced that Sea of Thieves’ upcoming Season Three update will be headlined by Sea of Thieves: A Pirate’s Life – an all-new set of narrative-driven Tall Tales that bring Captain Jack Sparrow and his infamous crew from beyond the horizon to spark an incredible new adventure.

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We’ve already debuted a cinematic trailer to give players a taste of what to expect from the story, but we know that fans are eager to see more of the exciting gameplay, enthralling new enemies and unforgettable locations they’ll encounter and explore as they work to foil the schemes of the notorious Davy Jones.

So today, we’re thrilled to premiere a fresh selection of images from Sea of Thieves: A Pirate’s Life. They offer a closer look at Jack Sparrow, some of the memorable places that players will travel to in his company and just a few of the traps and threats that lie in wait.

We’re also delighted to announce that we will premiere the Sea of Thieves: A Pirate’s Life Gameplay Trailer during the Xbox Games Showcase: Extended broadcast on Thursday, June 17. Learn more about Sea of Thieves: A Pirate’s Life by tuning in at 10am PT on the day – and stay tuned for more details ahead of the update’s launch!

Find Out More

The Season Three update including Sea of Thieves: A Pirate’s Life will be available for free to all Sea of Thieves players who have bought the game on Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Windows 10 PC or via Steam, or players who have access to it with Xbox Game Pass. For more information on Season Three when it arrives on June 22, visit the Sea of Thieves website.

New to Sea of Thieves? Join the fun with our Maiden Voyage, a narrative-driven tutorial experience. New players will begin their travels within this scenario – and more tips can be picked up from our online Pirate Academy, which provides invaluable information on topics ranging from sailing to swordplay. Learn more about Sea of Thieves at www.xbox.com/seaofthieves, or join the ongoing adventure at www.seaofthieves.com where you can embark on an epic journey with one of gaming’s most welcoming communities!

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Author: Joe Neate, Executive Producer at Rare
This post originally appeared on Xbox Wire

The Elder Scrolls Online: Blackwood is Unleashed and Optimized for Xbox Series X|S

Summary

  • The Elder Scrolls Online is now Optimized for Xbox Series X|S, bringing a host of graphical and performance improvements free for all players.
  • Explore the wild swamplands and rolling hills of Blackwood.
  • The Prince of Destruction makes his move on Tamriel 800 years before The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion.

The forces of Mehunres Dagon emerge from the shadows, and the Prince of Destruction makes his move on Tamriel 800 years before The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion in Blackwood, the new Chapter now available and Optimized for Xbox Series X|S with Smart Delivery support.

Explore the wild swamplands and rolling hills of a new zone, confront the schemes and ambitions of mortals and Daedra alike, and recruit combat allies with the new Companion system, ensuring you’ll never have to adventure alone again.

Part of the epic Gates of Oblivion year-long storyline, Blackwood continues the story that began with the Flames of Ambition DLC in March, while remaining a compelling standalone adventure. You can acquire The Elder Scrolls Online: Blackwood on the Xbox Store right now, with both the Upgrade (including the new Chapter) and Collection (featuring the base game, previous Chapters, and the Blackwood Chapter) versions available in regular and Collector’s Editions!

Optimized for Xbox Series X|S

The Elder Scrolls Online is now Optimized for Xbox Series X|S, bringing a host of graphical and performance improvements free for all ESO players on next-gen consoles.

This free upgrade unlocks the native power of Xbox Series X|S and allows you to choose between two unique modes: Performance Mode, which emphasizes frame rate by enabling 60FPS at 1440p resolution, and Fidelity Mode, which focuses on visuals by enabling 4k resolution at 30FPS.

All you need is an Xbox Series X|S and a copy of the game to receive the Optimized version. If you have instant-on power mode and auto-update games enabled, Smart Delivery will upgrade you to the Xbox Series X|S Optimized version in the background automatically. Otherwise, a prompt will appear when playing or launching the game to initiate the update.

Tamriel Awaits

Whether you’re an ESO veteran or brand-new player looking to start your adventures in Tamriel, the Blackwood chapter and Xbox Series X|S Optimized update will ensure you get the most out of your Elder Scrolls journey.

You can pick up The Elder Scrolls Online: Blackwood on the Xbox Store today — we’ll see you in Tamriel!

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The Elder Scrolls Online Collection: Blackwood is the ultimate Elder Scrolls experience and includes the Base Game and all Chapters: • Blackwood (New for 2021) • Greymoor • Elsweyr • Summerset • Morrowind ESO COMES TO Xbox Series X|S – Experience the award-winning RPG like never before with game-changing features/enhancements such as 60-fps performance mode, advanced lighting and shadows, improved reflections, shorter loading times and more! ULTIMATE FREEDOM—Create your ultimate RPG character, play solo or adventure with friends, and determine your fate in an ever-expanding world. With no level restrictions, go anywhere, at any time in a truly open world. In The Elder Scrolls Online, the choice is yours. CHOOSE YOUR ADVENTURE—With a new tutorial, begin your adventure where you like: emerge from Coldharbour in the base game, battle Dragons in the Elsweyr Chapter, or get ready to face the Prince of Destruction Mehrunes Dagon in Blackwood, the latest Chapter. All content is accessible for new players, and you can switch adventures whenever you like. INCLUDES LATEST CHAPTER: BLACKWOOD—As part of the Gates of Oblivion adventure, a deal made with the Prince of Destruction comes due in Blackwood. Explore Imperial cities and murky bogs, uncover Mehrunes Dagon’s sinister plot, and never adventure alone with the new Companions system.

Author: Dominic Davies, Content Manager, The Elder Scrolls Online
This post originally appeared on Xbox Wire

Bless Unleashed New Content Secrets and Scions is Here

Bless Unleashed‘s latest update, Secrets and Scions, launches today on Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S! Secrets and Scions continues the story of Bless Unleashed, brings in some UI/UX improvements, and new updates to our Reputation and Prestige systems! All of that plus a brand new Invasion quest! And best of all, this update is free for all players!

New Story Updates

The story of Bless Unleashed continues as players travel through Beoran on their way to Eidolon Forest. On the way, they will encounter a new mysterious plot from the sinister group, the Faceless, which they must unravel before continuing on their journey if they are to restore order to the region! A brand new Invasion quest will also be introduced to the area, and players must face off against undead and prana infused golems to stave off an invading chaos god attempting to gain a foothold in the region!


UI/UX Improvements

We’re addressing some long standing player feedback in this update, and making some often requested changes to our user interface for this update as well. Two of our favorite changes are a reworked targeting reticle for ranged classes to make it easier to see when you are in range to attack an enemy, and a new sell all and extract all function to help get you out of the menus and back into the field for adventure faster!


Updates to Reputation and Prestige Quests

Currently in Bless Unleashed, once you complete your weekly Prestige quests for a faction you’re stalled out on your reputation gains until the next week. This update will resolve this by introducing new daily Prestige quests which can be completed after you finish your weekly quest in a region. That’s not all though! Players can now continue to earn rewards beyond reaching Exalted status with a region! Once you reach Exalted, additional reputation gains can now continue to be accrued. Earn enough reputation and you’ll earn a special chest filled with items to help on your adventures!

Get ready Pyreborn! The challenges of Secrets and Scions await in the latest update for Bless Unleashed!

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Bless Unleashed is the premier next-generation action MMORPG, coming first to Xbox One. Journey across a vibrant persistent world to take on — and survive — vicious, lethal monsters that inhabit this untamed landscape. Choose between one of five classic classes, each with its own combo-driven combat experience, handcrafted for online play. Gather your party to explore and survive a richly detailed world of dangerous beasts and divine secrets. KEY FEATURES: • Stunning, Expansive – Explore a richly detailed open world, built in Unreal Engine 4. Party up with friends to explore, discover, and battle massive monsters. • Combo Driven Combat – Customize your own combos for an even more rewarding combat experience, where proper positioning can be the difference between success or death. • Pretty Dangerous – Defend yourself from massive dragons, giants, and other fantastical creatures even as danger from other players is always a threat. FEATURES: • Mature Minded – Bless Unleashed is a violent world with a rich, complicated backstory and an intricate plot. • Friend & Foe – The open persistent world challenges players to survive a menagerie of mythical beasts… and each other. Integrated PVP provides danger at every turn. • Classic Fantasy With a Twist – Choose between five classic fantasy classes like the arcane wielding Mage or the bloodthirsty Berserker in a world full of magic. Travel the world in search of the truth about the gods with your companions for your own brush with divinity.

Author: Shaun Brodie, Community Manager, Bandai Namco Entertainment America
This post originally appeared on Xbox Wire

Video: Milestone Unveils New Hot Wheels Unleashed Environment

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This post originally appeared on Nintendo Life | Latest News

Hot Wheels

If you’ve got the need for speed, one game you might want to be on the lookout for is Hot Wheels Unleashed. It’s arriving this September and is being developed by the racing experts at Milestone – known for series such as Ride, MotoGP and Monster Energy Supercross.

In a new update today, Mattel and Milestone have unveiled the game’s second stunning gameplay environment known as the Skyscraper. This new environment follows on from the dark and rusty Garage map.

“Set in a construction site, Skyscraper will include tracks set on three different floors of the building under construction, with areas that will definitely test players’ fear of heights.”

In addition to this, the video also shows off six new vehicles out of 60+ plus available at launch. They include the Bump Around, Mountain Mauler, Sandivore, Boom Car, Buns of Steel, Fast Gassin and Motosaurus.

Hot Wheels Unleashed will arrive on Nintendo Switch on 30th September. Pre-orders are available now and there are four different versions to choose from. Find out more in our previous post. What do you think of the new track? Comment below.

The Bless Unleashed Spring Update is Here

The Spring Update for Bless Unleashed launches today on Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S! Our update has some great new features to improve your time playing the game and some really exciting new ways to improve your character.

New Episode Quests

We’re really excited to be adding new episode quests to the game in this update. These quest chains are designed to fill out more of the backstory in Lumios, with a focus on some important NPCs and revealing more about their background. We’re starting off by adding new quest chains to help players learn more about Professor Orfina and her role at the Order University, Krista and Mokoro, the intrepid Ippin traders, and Delilah, a desert elf outcast players may remember from our last update, The Spear of Salvation.

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We’ll be adding more episode quests as time goes on to further explore these character’s backstory, and other important individuals in the world of Lumios.

Fishing Competitions

Players can now take their fishing skills to the next level in newly added fishing competitions comes to Lumios this update. We just added fishing to the game in our last update, and we’re adding competitions to help players who take up their rod and reel to earn more exciting prizes. Taking part in a fishing competition is easy. All you have to do is catch a fish which qualifies for entry into one of the current competitions and you are automatically entered. The larger the specimen you capture the higher you’ll place, and the more valuable your prize will be at the end of the competition. Prizes include crafting supplies, and of course, new and improved fishing gear.

Introducing the Guild Depot

Guild depots are something we’re really excited about. Guilds can now complete guild trials to earn the ability to stock items in their depot for their members to be able to use, ensuring that your guild is always ready for the next dungeon run. Once you have earned an item to keep stocked in the depot, your guild leaders can place it there and help to keep it stocked by spending Guild Gold. You can help to keep items shelved using Guild Contribution Points. Guild leadership also can set limits to how much people can purchase from the store depending on guild rank to help prevent possible abuse by other members.

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Ancient Weapons

Ancient weapons are the first S class weapons to come to Bless Unleashed! In order to find an ancient weapon, players will need to undertake a special quest to find and discover its location but will also need to enlist the aid of an ancient guardian to unlock its true potential through crafting. To be able to harness the full power of one of these weapons, players will need to show true dedication.

Dungeon Additions

We’re introducing a new Abyssal Dungeon in this update to Bless Unleashed as well. Players have already conquered the normal version of Rutus Mines, Depths of Corruption, but now the Abyssal version of this challenging dungeon offers even greater challenges!

This is not the only new dungeon feature this update however, we’re also introducing new Target Dungeons! Target Dungeons are set specifically and change twice per week. Each Target Dungeon can be completed once, and players will receive increased rewards for completing each Target Dungeon.

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There will be one Target Dungeon, and one Target Lair Challenge for players to challenge themselves against! There are also two tiers of Target Dungeons for mid and high end players. A target dungeon may be any Dungeon or Lair Challenge in the game, and may not even be a dungeon that has been unlocked normally for a player!

The dungeon experiences are tailored for their audience, and can have increased or decreased difficulty depending on the tier of the Target Dungeon. Regardless of which tier you are in, completing a Target Dungeon will yield increased rewards from your normal dungeon experience! You can find out which Dungeons are targeted each week in the Dungeons Menu!

Bless Pass – Glorious Legacy

Our new Bless Pass Season starts tomorrow! The Bless Pass – Glorious Legacy offers players rewards for completing daily missions while playing Bless Unleashed. In the Glorious Legacy season, players who enhance their Bless Pass can earn the ferocious Centurion Lion mount and lovely Radiant Finery costumes! Both of these cosmetic items invoke images of Classic Hollywood to me, and I’m really looking forward to seeing you all sporting these new items!

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Whether you’re looking forward to upping your fishing game, overcoming new dangerous challenges, or increasing your guild’s offering to its members, the Spring Update brings new challenges and exciting new features to Lumios for you to enjoy. Will you be the first to harness the power of an ancient weapon? Will you prove yourself to be the best angler in Lumios? Are you ready to lead your guild to greatness? The only way to know is to face the challenges Bless Unleashed has to offer.

Celebrating One Year on Xbox

This update coincidentally coincides with our one year anniversary on Xbox! To celebrate, we’re handing out some nice gifts. Be sure to login March 12 to March 14 to receive the following rewards one time:

  • Sealed Chest Key  x3
  • Abyssal Chest Key  x2
  • Bag Piece x20
  • Ember of Paetion (Legendary) x10
  • Ember of Paetion (Mythic) x10
  • Precise Repair Tools x5

We’re also celebrating with double experience buffs from March 12 to March 14 along with double Star Seed Exchange Rates.

We want to thank everyone who has played and help us grow over the last year, and we look forward to another great year spent on Xbox with all of you!

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Bless Unleashed

BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America Inc.

119
Xbox One X Enhanced
Bless Unleashed is the premier next-generation action MMORPG, coming first to Xbox One. Journey across a vibrant persistent world to take on — and survive — vicious, lethal monsters that inhabit this untamed landscape. Choose between one of five classic classes, each with its own combo-driven combat experience, handcrafted for online play. Gather your party to explore and survive a richly detailed world of dangerous beasts and divine secrets. KEY FEATURES: • Stunning, Expansive – Explore a richly detailed open world, built in Unreal Engine 4. Party up with friends to explore, discover, and battle massive monsters. • Combo Driven Combat – Customize your own combos for an even more rewarding combat experience, where proper positioning can be the difference between success or death. • Pretty Dangerous – Defend yourself from massive dragons, giants, and other fantastical creatures even as danger from other players is always a threat. FEATURES: • Mature Minded – Bless Unleashed is a violent world with a rich, complicated backstory and an intricate plot. • Friend & Foe – The open persistent world challenges players to survive a menagerie of mythical beasts… and each other. Integrated PVP provides danger at every turn. • Classic Fantasy With a Twist – Choose between five classic fantasy classes like the arcane wielding Mage or the bloodthirsty Berserker in a world full of magic. Travel the world in search of the truth about the gods with your companions for your own brush with divinity.

Shaun Brodie, Community Manager, Bandai Namco Entertainment America