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Four killed by police after Haiti assassination

Four people suspected of being involved in the assassination of President Jovenel Moïse of Haiti were shot dead by the police and two others were arrested, Haiti’s police chief said late last night.

A group of assailants had stormed Moïse’s residence on the outskirts of the capital, Port-au-Prince, early on Wednesday, killing him and wounding his wife, Martine Moïse, in what officials called a well-planned operation that included “foreigners” who spoke Spanish.

During his time in office, Moïse, a former banana exporter, was widely seen as behaving like a strongman who tried to consolidate power. He was also accused of using powerful, violent gangs to suppress political opposition.

Context: In recent months, as poverty and hunger rose, protesters had called for Moïse to step down. Armed gangs had taken greater control of the streets, terrorizing poor neighborhoods and sending thousands fleeing.

Global Times

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Ricki Lake Opens Up About ‘Debilitating’ Hair Loss a Year After Shaving Her Head

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From Good Housekeeping

After 30 years of suffering, Ricki Lake is embracing her head of sparse, silver hair.

The 52-year-old actress shaved her head last year due to “debilitating hair loss.”

“Almost no one in my life knew the level of deep pain and trauma I was experiencing,” she said in a new interview.

After 30 years of silent suffering, Ricki Lake has fully embodied self-love and is embracing her head of sparse, silver hair. But she hasn’t always felt this way. “Debilitating hair loss ,” as she described it to Good Morning America , put her in defense-mode for most of her life, trying everything from vitamins to wigs to hair extensions. Finally, she grew tired of the fight and made the bold decision to shave her head.

“It was such a right of passage last year taking the leap of faith to shave my head, and my hair, thankfully, has grown back,” the actress, 52, explained on a Jan. 27 segment. “And I learned so much through the process of really letting go of something that had been really bothering me.”

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Once she’d finally done the deed, a new anxiety overcame her. “I was afraid of coming out,” she recently told People . “Because no woman as far as I knew had ever gone public about female baldness.” Last year, she ended up telling the world in an emotional Instagram post that now has more than 73,000 likes.

“I have been struggling with hair loss for most of my adult life,” she wrote at the time. “It has been debilitating, embarrassing, painful, scary, depressing, lonely, all the things. There have been a few times where I have even felt suicidal over it. Almost no one in my life knew the level of deep pain and trauma I was experiencing. Not even my therapist/s over the years knew my truth.”

She attributed her hair loss to constant dying, styling and teasing over her years in show business (particularly during her 1988 role as Tracy Turnblad in Hairspray), “yo-yo dieting,” hormonal changes, stress, pregnancy and genetics, among other things. And she tried every possible solution to make it stop.

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“I’ve been to many doctors, gotten steroid shots in my head, taking all the supplements and then some. My hair would recover and then shed again. It was maddening,” she wrote. A year after the big shave, she’s rocking a salt-and-pepper pixie style with the help of a Scandanavian hair company called Harklinikken , founded by Lars Skjoeth. “His topical extract has been a game-changer for me,” Lake wrote on Instagram, showing off her progress. According to People, Skjoeth diagnosed her with a hereditary condition called androgenetic alopecia.

“My hope is that I am able to help others struggling, as I did for far too long,” Lake continued. “This journey has been such a gift for me, I finally truly love my hair, and more importantly love myself unconditionally from the inside out.”

If you are in crisis or know someone in crisis, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or contact the Crisis Text Line by texting HOME to 741741.

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