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UNESCO declares wreck found near Haiti is not Columbus’s Santa Maria

theguardian.com reported….Haiti shipwreck is not Columbus’s Santa Maria, says Unesco
UN researchers find proof that wreck initially believed to have been explorer’s flagship is actually from later period. Claims that a wreck found off Haiti was Christopher Columbus’s flagship from his first voyage to the Americas have been scuttled after experts determined it was that of a ship from a later period. The marine archaeologist Barry Clifford announced in May that he believed he had identified the wreck of the Santa Maria, one of three ships Columbus led on his first crossing of the Atlantic, which sank in 1492 off the northern coast of Haiti. Read Article

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Haiti: Chikungunya has been merciless

npr.org reported this latest scourge in Haiti is chikungunya. It’s a rarely fatal but intensely painful mosquito-borne virus that has spread rapidly through the Caribbean and parts of Latin America after local transmission first started in tiny French St. Martin late last year, likely brought in by an infected air traveler. Haiti is proving to […]

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Haiti: Cholera Epidemic poses major threat to Caribbean and Latin America

theguardian.com reported…Cholera epidemic in Haiti ‘poses major threat to Latin America and Caribbean’ UN assistant secretary general says deadly outbreak, which has been blamed on UN troops, demands decisive action. Haiti needs a “Marshall plan” for water and sanitation to quell a cholera epidemic which poses a major threat to the Caribbean and Latin America, […]

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U.N. facing lawsuit in Cholera deaths in Haiti

Haitians launch new lawsuit against UN over thousands of cholera deaths Plaintiffs hold UN responsible for outbreak of disease, which they say was carried into Haiti by peacekeepers from Nepal. The United Nations is facing a huge new lawsuit over the outbreak of cholera in Haiti that has widely been blamed on its peacekeepers, after […]

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Haitian immigrants may not find Brazil to be a Paradise

vice.com reported that… Many Haitians dream of finding economic prosperity in Brazil, with the majority wanting to settle in São Paulo, a sprawling industrial center that’s been absorbing migrants since the late 19th century. But for most of the newcomers, the journey there is rife with difficulties. Just like hundreds of thousands of migrants before […]

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Haiti: Class Action Lawsuit filed against U.N. regarding cholera deaths

theguardian.com reported that Haitian families to sue UN for compensation over cholera deaths Class action filed in US will test UN’s traditional immunity after outbreak that killed 8,000 people was traced to UN base. Human rights lawyers have filed a lawsuit against the United Nations seeking compensation for the families of thousands of Haitians who […]

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Dominican Republic: National Army Increases Border Security Along Haitian Border

On May 22, 2013 7dias.com.do reported that the Dominican army is planning to increase its border security along the Dominican-Haitian border by 1,500 soldiers. According to the Dominican Army, the goal of the increased border security is to prevent, in addition to other crimes, the trafficking of undocumented persons and the smuggling of goods and […]

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Brazil and Haiti Partnership to Reduce Human Trafficking Activity

On May 21, 2013, Terra reported that there is a collaborative effort between the Prime Minister of Haiti, Laurent Lamothe, and Brazilian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Antonio Patriota, to combat human trafficking activity in Haiti. The Brazilian Embassy in Haiti will help make aware and combat human trafficking efforts by “coyote” networks that transport Haitians […]

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Task Force in Acre, Brazil, To Address Situation of Haitian Refugees

On April 15, 2013, Agência Brasil reported that a task force has been launched in the Brazilian state of Acre to help 1,400 displaced Haitians. They entered the country after the 2010 Haitian earthquakes. According to the federal Minister of Justice Paulo Abrão, the task force is divided into three teams. The first will address […]

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Survey Says: Haiti, Bolivia, Ecuador among most corrupt countries in Latin America

According to proceso.com.do in a study conducted by Elizabeth J. Zechmaeister, a Vanderbilt professor in charge of the survey that is conducted every two years, told me that the percentage of victims of corruption in the region rose in 2012, but that trend is not uniform across countries. “The countries that made up the regional […]

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U.S. Department of State, travel warning for Haiti

The Department of State has issued this Travel Warning to inform U.S. citizens traveling to or living in Haiti about the current security situation. This replaces the Travel Warning dated June 18, 2012, updating information regarding the level of crime, the presence of cholera, lack of adequate infrastructure – particularly in medical facilities – seasonal […]

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HAITI: Policeman Led Kidnapping Ring from Police Station, assassinated

Heavily armed assailants gunned down Police Division Inspector Yves Michel Bellefleur in a hail of bullets on the morning of Fri., Nov. 9 near the Gérald Bataille circle in Tabarre. A police spokesman and some media have presented the killing as a response from criminals to the Oct. 22 arrest of prominent Haitian businessman Clifford […]

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Haiti: Protest over university student’s death leaves another dead

One person was killed on Friday during protests that have taken place in the streets of Haiti’s capital, Port au Prince. Frantz Lerebours, a police spokesman said the victim was a young man in his 20s who was in the streets of the capital where students have staged protests in recent days by the shooting […]

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Haiti: Hurricanes devastate farmlands, food crisis looming

Relief groups have launched fresh appeals for funds to feed over a million Haitians after hurricane Sandy devastated farmland, compounding agricultural damage from tropical storm Isaac which destroyed 40% of the harvest in August….. food security situation is threatened… Read Article

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Haiti: Climate Risk and Adaptation Country Profile

Haiti is a small impoverished country occupying the western half of the Island of Hispaniola, which it shares with the Dominican Republic. Haiti’s terrain is dominated by rugged mountains interspersed with river valleys and coastal flat lands. With its coastline spanning 1,771 km and a population of over 8 million, much of this densely populated […]

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UN declares cholera has killed 7000 in Haiti since 2010 earthquake

Two years after the devastating earthquake that struck Haiti in January 2010, scientists confirmed that new surveys from a database SFOR UN (Minustah) originated the cholera outbreak that has killed some 7,000 people, so announced on the BBC website. Read Article

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60 Mexican narco-traffickers operate between Dominican Republic and Haiti, DEA says

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has provided the Dominican government the names of 60 suspected Mexican narco-traffickers operating between the Dominican Republic and Haiti. These traffickers are thought to be working along a route that transports drugs from Latin America into Puerto Rico or Europe, specifically Spain, Italy, and Germany, Acento reports. The suspects […]

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Haitians, Cubans returned after intercepts at sea by U.S. Coast Guard

The group of 37 Haitians was sighted on Monday and yesterday repatriated to Cape Haitien, Haiti. The Coast Guard said the Cubans were intercepted in five separate cases since last Saturday and sent to Bahia de Cabañas, Cuba, on Thursday. The group of 37 Haitians was sighted on Monday and yesterday repatriated to Cape Haitien, […]

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President of Haiti has pulmonary embolism

The Haitian President Michel Martelly , was diagnosed with pulmonary embolism and is in stable condition after returning to America to continue his treatment, his office said. As indicated in a statement advising the Haitian presidency, Martelly “underwent further examination with respect to pulmonary embolism (sudden obstruction of a blood vessel).” Read Article

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Haiti: Women face violent past

After the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, stories of the disaster dominated international news media. Journalists rushed to report on the wreckage. Photographers scrambled for shots of the rubble. Aid agencies struggled to overcome obstacles to sending humanitarian aid. As an international women’s human rights organization that works in partnership with local women, we at MADRE […]

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Young girls working as prostitutes in Haiti for lack of water and food

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Haitians shipwrecked off of Cuba of Haitians, at least 38 dead

According to Cuban state television, the wreck occurred on the east coast. They managed to rescue 87 people. According to a note released by the National Headquarters of Civil Defense of Cuba, border guards on the island found the wreckage on Saturday about 100 meters east of Punta Maisi, at the end of the eastern […]

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Descendants of Haitians to demand Dominican nationality

Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic .- Hundreds of people of Haitian descent living in the country and ensure born in the country reported today that the Dominican authorities denied citizenship to apply retroactively, an immigration measure against him. In a massive concentration in the vicinity of the Supreme Court of Justice (SCJ) in the Dominican capital, […]

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Uruguay, Five Navy Personnel in Prison for Sexual Assault while serving in Haiti

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Haiti, police free kidnapped American citizen

A U.S. citizen who was kidnapped last week from his home in Haiti’s capital was freed Tuesday after police surrounded his captors’ hideout, a Haitian police official said. Read Article

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Two Petit-Goâve radio journalists arbitrarily detained

Reporters Without Borders calls for the immediate and unconditional release of Ernst Joseph and Wolf “Duralph” François, hosts of the programme “They said it” on Radio Prévention in the southwestern town of Petit-Goâve, who have been detained ever since their arrest during an appearance at the public prosecutor’s office on 22 June. Read Article

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UN panel: Haiti cholera strain probably S.Asian

A cholera epidemic that has killed over 4,850 people in Haiti bears striking similarities to a South Asian strain but a UN investigation said that Nepalese peacekeepers were not at fault. A panel of international health experts on Wednesday said the source of the epidemic was “debatable” but that the United Nations “worldwide” must change […]

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AMARC Communication prepares Caribbean Conference

The Conference will be in Port au Prince, Haiti, from 4 to 6 May. Community radios reach, allied organizations and radio movement. Analyze the role of community media in the climate crisis and disaster management. Read Article

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Michel Martelly wins Haiti election

Michel Martelly won a landslide victory in Haiti’s presidential election, tapping into a desire for change in the earthquake-battered country. Read Article

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Ecuador, Authorities rescued 31 Haitians from the hands of suspected traffickers

The Protection of Rights of the Ministry of Interior and National Police rescued 31 Haitians, alleged victims of crimes of smuggling of migrants, reported the ministry. After several days of investigations, in an operation called “Dawn”, officers went to a house in the north of the capital where they located the citizens “who have entered […]

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Cuban Doctors Cholera Lethality Rate Lower in Haiti

radiorebelde.icrt.cu. HAVANA, CUBA.- Cuban doctors working in Haiti have been able to bring cholera lethality down to 0.37 with no deaths from the disease reported in more than two months. HAVANA, CUBA .- Cuban doctors working in Haiti Have Been Able to bring cholera Lethality down to 0.37 with no Reported Deaths from the disease […]

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Haiti’s Provisional Electoral Council announced fraud in second round

The Provisional Electoral Council (CEP) of Haiti said Wednesday that there was fraud in the second round of the presidential election held on day 20, which faced the former first lady Mirlande Manigat and singer Michel Martelly. Read Article

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Presidential runoff vote nears in Haiti

Haiti’s 4.7 million voters prepare to go to presidential polls in a runoff election in which they will have to choose between a popular singer and a former first lady. Haitians vote in a presidential runoff on Sunday to pick between 70-year-old academic Mirlande Manigat and 50-year-old singer Michel Martelly, AFP reported. Read Article

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Cholera Deaths in Haiti Rise to 4,452

The number of people who have died in Haiti from cholera has risen to 4,452 since the epidemic was detected in mid-October. The total of deaths was revealed by the Ministry of Public Health, according to a report on figures as of February 3. Read Article

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Haitian Ruling Party Accepts Election Results

The Haitian ruling party INITE accepted the final results of the first presidential round, though its candidate, Jude Celestin, will not be able to compete in the upcoming runoff vote to be held on March 20. Read Article

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Haiti, Businesses close early awaiting results of election

Banks and stores closed early and people rushed to get home in the capital Wednesday as Haitians feared unrest with the expected announcement of final results from the disputed presidential election.Read Article

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Former Haiti leader free to return

The Haitian government says it is ready to issue a passport for the exiled former president, Jean-Bertrand Aristide, paving the way for his possible return to the country. Haiti’s information ministry said in a statement on Monday that the government would swiftly grant a passport to the former leader, as soon as he asks for […]

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Haiti, 4000 deaths due to cholera

The death toll from the cholera epidemic in Haiti has topped the 4,000 mark, with health officials citing over 200,000 cases as of January 24. The new figures show that Haitians are still dying from cholera, more than three months after it first appeared in the country. Read Article

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Haiti, Rape cases have tripled since the quake

When the Jan. 12 earthquake sent a shockwave through his office, Mario Joseph thought it was a bomb attack. After all, Haiti’s most prominent human rights lawyer is used to coming under fire. “Someone was shot in my office,” he said. “I receive a lot of threats.” It was only when he ventured outside that […]

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Haiti, THE SEX WORKER: ‘God didn’t give me a body to sell’

We “picked up” Evelyne outside a bar in downtown Port-au-Prince, where she was milling around with five or six other girls, propositioning passers-by. Peter, our Haitian cameraman, explained to her about our documentary, then walked her to the hotel around the corner for the interview. He didn’t want her to be seen driving off with […]

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How an Irish telecoms tycoon became Haiti’s only hope of salvation

On Tuesday, exactly one year after an earthquake levelled Port-au-Prince and more than 200,000 people were buried alive, the iconic Iron Market will reopen. But this isn’t the work of the Haitian elite – it’s all down to Denis O’Brien, CEO of a mobile-phone company. Read Article

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Twelve people killed as witches accused of spreading cholera in Haiti

The rapid-spreading, life threatening gastrointestinal disease cholera has been spreading through Haiti even entering the capital city of Port-au-Prince where nearly 2,000 people have died and tens of thousands have become infected is being blamed on “black magic’ by some in the Caribbean country. Read Article

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Envoys and Poll Officials Try to Defuse Tensions

After almost a week of violent protests over preliminary elections results that left at least five dead, Haiti awoke to an eerie and tense calm Monday after a well-coordinated trial balloon was launched late Sunday night. Read Article

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