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Haitians begin voting in presidential run-off

PORT-AU-PRINCE – Haitians went to the polls on Sunday to choose between a popular singer and a former first lady as the quake-ravaged country’s next leader in an environment dominated by the return of ex-president Jean-Bertrand Aristide. Voting began throughout the country at 6:00 am (1000 GMT), as scheduled, an…

US resumes deportations to quake-ravaged Haiti

MIAMI — The United States resumed the deportation of Haitians on Thursday for the first time since the devastating earthquake that struck the poor Caribbean nation last year. Barbara Gonzalez, a spokeswoman for Immigration and Customs Enforcement, said 27 Haitian nationals with criminal records in the United States had been…

Obama calls on world to honor Haiti pledges

WASHINGTON — US President Barack Obama urged the world on Tuesday to honor its pledges to help Haiti emerge from the nightmare of a devastating earthquake one year ago that killed a quarter of a million people. The US leader, who presided over a major US humanitarian mission for the…

US Christian group arrested in Haiti on child trafficking charges

PORT-AU-PRINCE – Haitian police detained 10 members of a US Christian group after they allegedly tried to leave the country with more than 30 children who survived the country’s devastating earthquake. News of the charges came as the UN’s food agency prepared to launch a massive food effort targeted at…

Haiti PM begs for help as looting grips devastated Port-au-Prince

Haiti’s premier begged foreign donors Monday to back the reconstruction of his quake-hit country as fresh looting and chaotic food hand-outs underscored the grim conditions facing survivors. Nearly two weeks after the disaster, which killed around 150,000 people and left a million homeless, international powers meeting in Montreal heard that…

Scahill on mercenaries: Haitians don’t need ‘more unaccountable people with guns’

Private security firms are already eying earthquake-stricken Haiti as a potential source of lucrative contracts. Author Jeremy Scahill believes, however, that “the last thing Haitians need [is] yet more unaccountable people with guns in their country.” Scahill, the author of Blackwater: The Rise of the World’s Most Powerful Mercenary Army,…

‘Tasteless’ Hannity compares Mass. race to earthquake

Less than a week has passed since hundreds of thousands of Haitians fell victim to the worst earthquake in their history and Sean Hannity has already co-opted the term to score political points. MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann awarded the Fox News host “Worst Person in the World” Monday night for repeatedly…

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…

Bush warns: Watch out for ‘shysters’

President George W. Bush is warning Americans not to fall for scams trying to raise money off the disaster in Haiti. “I need to put a pitch in for the clintonbushhaitifund.org,” Bush told NBC’s David Gregory. “One of my concerns around any crisis is that shysters show up and take…

Secretary of State Clinton arrives in quake-hit Haiti

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrived Saturday in Haiti to work on an urgent bid to clear logistics hurdles and find creative ways to deliver aid to quake-hit Haitians. Clinton, who arrived in the devastated capital Port-au-Prince shortly before 2000 GMT, is the highest-ranking US official to visit Haiti…

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