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Violence erupts in Haiti over national budget

Port-au-prince - Protesters brought parts of the Haitian capital Port-au-Prince to a standstill Tuesday, setting vehicles alight and damaging local businesses in violent demonstrations against the government's budget plans.

Irma: One dead and another missing in Haiti

Port-au-prince - A man has died and another is missing in Haiti following flooding caused by Hurricane Irma, authorities said Monday.An elderly man who tried to cross a river in the town of Mirebalais, central Haiti, Saturday was swept away by floodwaters.

Floods, injuries as Hurricane Irma lashes Haiti

Cap-ha - Torrential rain pounded Haiti on Thursday as monster Hurricane Irma roared past the country's northern coast, triggering flooding and injuries, local officials said.

Haiti's failing school system: 'like in a country at war'

Port-au-prince - Schools with classes of 80 students, parents unable to afford even modest fees, thousands of unqualified teachers -- as students in Haiti return to school, the country's badly underfunded education system seems headed for a failing grade.

Canada struggles with refugee surge from US

Montr - Soldiers busily assemble tents with wooden floors, lighting and heating in Canada's Quebec province near the US border to temporarily house a surge in asylum seekers from the United States.

Haiti thanks Canada for accepting refugees from US

Montr - Haiti's foreign minister is set to meet Quebec's top immigration official on Wednesday to discuss the flow of refugees from his country arriving in Canada from the United States.

Canada scrambles to find lodging for Haitians fleeing the US

Montr - Officials in Canada scrambled Thursday to find enough cots and empty beds to accommodate hundreds of mostly Haitian asylum seekers from the United States, even putting Montreal's famed Olympic stadium to use as a makeshift dormitory and welcome center....

Montreal houses asylum seekers in stadium as cases surge

Montr - A recent surge in the number of asylum seekers arriving in Canada, most of them Haitians, forced authorities to scramble for emergency accommodations Wednesday, including housing people at the Olympic Stadium in Montreal."This is a major crisis...

Haiti's army reborn 20 years after it was demobilized

L - Lined up in two long columns in the courtyard of a military base, hundreds of young men and a few women await interviews to join Haiti's national army.

UN asks countries to shift $40 mln to Haiti cholera fund

New York - The United Nations said it will ask countries to voluntarily hand over $40.5 million remaining from the budget of the soon-to-close mission in Haiti to help victims of cholera there.

Haiti revives army, raising fears of political crackdown

Port-au-prince - After two decades with no army, Haiti has announced plans to rebuild its military to handle disasters and smuggling, though some fear the force could return to misdeeds, and be a tool of oppression.

UN calls on Haiti government to step up

Port-au-prince - The UN Security Council on Saturday urged Haiti's government to take on a more active role in the country's development, as international peacekeepers prepare to pull out after a 13-year mission.

UN Security Council visits Haiti ahead of peacekeeper departure

Port-au-prince - The United Nations Security Council began a visit to Haiti on Thursday to assess the poorest country in the Americas three months before ending its 13-year peacekeeping mission there.

Ex-Haitian coup leader Guy Philippe gets nine years in US prison

Miami - A former Haitian coup leader and elected senator was sentenced to nine years in a US federal prison Wednesday after pleading guilty to conspiring to launder drug money.

From luxury hotels to slums, Haiti puts used soap to good use

Port-au-prince - A Haitian program to recycle used soap bars from luxury hotels has proven a win-win-win proposition, reducing waste, helping fight water-borne disease and giving employees like Magoiana Fremond the chance to send her kids to school and let them "eat ev...

UN seeks funds urgently for Haiti's cholera

New York - The United Nations on Wednesday launched another urgent appeal to member countries to finance its nearly empty relief fund for battling cholera in Haiti.It was expected to raise $400 million over two years but only about 2.

UN wants to shift $40 mln to Haiti cholera fund

New York - The United Nations is proposing that $40.5 million from the unspent budget of the UN mission in Haiti be poured into a special fund to help its cholera victims, according to a report released Tuesday.

Seven dead, 19 missing in Haiti storms

Port-au-prince - Seven people have died and 19 fishermen are reported lost at sea after two days of heavy rain lashed Haiti, the interior ministry said Friday.

Haiti announces fuel price increases to help public finances

Port-au-prince - Haiti's government announced on Sunday fuel price increases of up to 20 percent in an effort to shore up the country's disastrous public finances.

Former Haiti coup leader admits drug-money laundering charge

Miami - A former Haitian coup leader who was elected to be a senator pleaded guilty in the US on Monday to conspiring to launder drug money, American officials said.

UN keeping eye on Haiti, envoy says

Port-au-prince - Sandra Honore -- a diplomat from Trinidad who has headed the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Haiti, MINUSTAH since July 2013 -- says the UN will keep tabs on progress in the country even after the mission shuts down.

Minus UN peacekeepers, Haiti police face security challenge

Port-au-prince - The withdrawal of UN peacekeepers from Haiti over the next six months marks a milestone in the country's progress toward political stability but challenges remain for security and the independence of police.

UN agrees to shut down Haiti peacekeeping mission

New York - The United Nations Security Council on Thursday agreed to shut down the peacekeeping mission in Haiti after 13 years and replace it with a smaller police-only force.

US says ending UN mission in Haiti is a 'strong example'

New York - The United States on Tuesday backed plans to shut down the UN peacekeeping mission in Haiti, saying this was a 'strong example' of how missions should change to take account of the country's political situation.

Six months post-hurricane, hunger gnaws at southern Haiti

Jeremie - Crouching beside the makeshift shelter shared with his parents and five siblings, Fanfan Edouard slowly sharpens his machete. But there's no rush to cut firewood, because there is no food to cook.

Haiti ex-president Aristide's convoy comes under fire

Port-au-prince - The motorcade of ex-Haitian president Jean-Bertrand Aristide came under fire in the capital Monday after he appeared as a witness in a money laundering case, his lawyer said.

UN proposes shutting down Haiti peacekeeping mission

New York - UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is proposing to shut down the UN peacekeeping mission in Haiti by October and replace it with a much smaller UN presence, according to a report obtained by AFP on Monday.

UN Haiti cholera fund still falls short despite British aid

New York - A new appeal by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres for funding to help Haiti's cholera victims has fallen short, with only Britain responding to the call, UN officials said Friday.

Bus in Haiti flees accident, kills 38: officials

Gona - A bus speeding away from a hit-and-run accident plowed into dozens of street musicians in northern Haiti on Sunday, killing 38 people, officials said.

Haiti pays last respects to Rene Preval, champion of rural poor

Port-au-prince - Former Haitian President Rene Preval was buried Saturday after a state funeral in Port-au-Prince, a final tribute to a beloved champion of the rural poor.Preval, who served two terms as president, died on March 3 at age 74.
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October 21 the Italian Red Cross water treatment plant was put into action with the Colombian Red Cr...
October 21,the Italian Red Cross water treatment plant was put into action with the Colombian Red Cross helping with packing and loading. Teams worked through the night to fill one truck with 1/2 litres sachets of treated water. On Wednesday 20 October, the Haitian Red Cross sent a truck loaded with medical supplies to the main hospital in Saint Marc. Already these supplies, including IV fluids, antibiotics and first aid kits, are being used to treat patients. On Friday 22 October, a convoy of t
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Screen grab from the WWLP-22 News video on YouTube showing the powerful waves and surge ahead of Hurricane Matthew.
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Shown are the remains of a cathedral in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, left unrecognizable by the violent earthquake that devastated the city on 12 January.
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The 2010 Haiti earthquake was a catastrophic magnitude 7.0 earthquake, with an epicentre near the town of Léogâne, approximately 25 km west of Port-au-Prince, Haiti's capital.
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Protesters burn tires during an anti-government protest in Port-au-Prince on May 14  2014
Protesters burn tires during an anti-government protest in Port-au-Prince on May 14, 2014
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October 21 the Italian Red Cross water treatment plant was put into action with the Colombian Red Cr...
October 21,the Italian Red Cross water treatment plant was put into action with the Colombian Red Cross helping with packing and loading. Teams worked through the night to fill one truck with 1/2 litres sachets of treated water. On Wednesday 20 October, the Haitian Red Cross sent a truck loaded with medical supplies to the main hospital in Saint Marc. Already these supplies, including IV fluids, antibiotics and first aid kits, are being used to treat patients. On Friday 22 October, a convoy of t
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Haiti is being hit especially hard by Category 4 Hurricane Matthew today.
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The USS Bataan off the coast of Haiti  where it is deployed to render humanitarian assistance.
The USS Bataan off the coast of Haiti, where it is deployed to render humanitarian assistance.
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