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Mud torrent kills at least 40 islanders in Portugal

Troops and rescuers dug through mud-filled houses and streets on the Portuguese tourist island of Madeira on Sunday after flash floods unleashed brown torrents which killed at least 40 people. Portugal rushed medical teams, rescuers, divers and relief supplies to the Atlantic island. But morgue pathologists were also sent in…

Maher: Media treated Haiti as ‘disaster porn’

‘We don’t have a progressive party in this country,” Maher says Comedian and HBO talk show host Bill Maher had some harsh words for the news media on CNN’s Larry King Tuesday night. The host of Real Time with Bill Maher said the US media turned coverage of the Jan.…

In a first, Obama tweets for Haiti

US President Barack Obama ‘tweeted’ his very first message on Monday, joining the millions who have used the Twitter micro-blogging site as a vital information vehicle for the Haiti disaster. The president and First Lady Michelle Obama visited an unadorned office in the American Red Cross headquarters serving as a…

US general: 200,000 dead Haitians just a ‘start point’

Haitians sought comfort in their faith Sunday, flocking to pray in church ruins as rescue teams raced against time to pull out any final survivors five days after a devastating earthquake. UN chief Ban Ki-moon flew in to assess what he called the “most serious humanitarian disaster in decades,” while…

As Haitians flee capital, Obama, Bush and Clinton unite for aid

Fearful Haitians fled their putrid quake-hit capital in droves on Saturday as a vast international aid drive struggled to relieve tensions threatening to boil over into riots. President Barack Obama, speaking alongside former presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton at the White House, said the United States was doing…

Pat Robertson blames Haiti’s ‘pact with the devil’ for quake

He’s done it again. Pat Robertson, the televangelist who anchors the 700 Club, has found a way to blame a massive disaster on its many victims. Speaking Wednesday about the earthquake in Haiti that the country’s president estimates has taken the lives of “hundreds of thousands,” Robertson implied that the…

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