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Spirit And Strength Will Pull Haiti's People Through

As the tremors and the NGOs recede, Haitians continue the fight against colonialism that their ancestors began 220 years ago by Reed Lindsay (The Observer)

Nearly two weeks have passed since the earthquake, and journalists are beginning to leave. The obvious stories have been done and, for some, things are becoming monotonous.

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Italy Disaster Expert Slams U.S. Response To Haiti

January 25, 2010 - ROME (Reuters) : Italy's top disaster expert has slammed the U.S. response to the Haiti earthquake, criticizing its lack of organization and the reliance on soldiers with no training in humanitarian operations. Guido Bertolaso, head of Italy's civil protection service who received international acclaim for his handling of an Italian earthquake last April, described "a pathetic situation which could have been much better organized."

Bertolaso, who arrived in Haiti on Friday, told RAI state television that Washington had made "a show of force," but military officers coordinating the emergency had no links with the humanitarian groups in the Caribbean island state.

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Ethiopian Plane Crashes Off Beirut

Jan 25,2010 - BEIRUT (Reuters) - An Ethiopian Airlines plane with 90 people on board crashed into the sea minutes after taking off from Beirut in stormy weather early on Monday and the airline's chief executive said there was no word of survivors.

Flight ET409, a Boeing 737-800, heading for Addis Ababa, disappeared off the radar some five minutes after taking off at 2:37 a.m. (7:37 a.m. EST) during a thunderstorm and rough seas. Lebanese President Michel Suleiman said he did not think the plane had been brought down deliberately.

"As of now, a sabotage act is unlikely. The investigation will uncover the cause," Suleiman told a news conference.

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Aftershock rattles Haiti's capital; violence fears ease

January 20, 2010 - PORT-AU-PRINCE (Reuters) - A new earthquake shook the devastated Haitian capital on Wednesday morning, creating panic among survivors of last week's devastating quake camped out in the streets but apparently causing no new destruction.

The powerful 6.1 magnitude aftershock at daybreak sent shrieking Haitians running away from buildings and walls in the shattered city fearing a repeat of the magnitude 7 earthquake that killed tens of thousands of people eight days ago.

"It felt really strong. Each aftershock is frightening. We feel it right here (pointing at his stomach) because after last Tuesday you never know how strong it is going to be," said Lenis Batiste, camped out on some grass with two children.

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Aid for Haiti : More Than $500K Raised by Full Tilt Poker

From Thursday, January 14th through Sunday, January 17th, the online poker site Full Tilt Poker organized Aid for Haiti tournaments.

During these 4 days, 22,640 players registered to these special tournaments for a total of $264,912.01 in tournament fees and this amount was then matched by Full Tilt Poker to reach a grand total of $529,824.02 that will be donated to the Red Cross, Doctors Without Borders and UNICEF.

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Haiti earthquake adds to woes of a benighted country

January 13, 2010 - Poorest country in the western hemisphere is ill equipped to deal with natural disasters.

The earthquake that has hit Haiti, raising fears that thousands have been killed, is the latest in a long line of natural disasters to befall a country ill equipped to deal with such events.

Hurricanes and flooding are perennial concerns for the poorest country in the western hemisphere, which has time and again been dependent on foreign aid in emergencies.

In 1963 hurricane Flora, the sixth deadliest Atlantic hurricane in history, devastated the island. The US weather bureau estimated the death toll at 5,000 and the cost of damage to property and crops at between $125m and $180m.

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Haiti devastated by massive earthquake

January 13, 2010 - A massive 7.0-magnitude earthquake has struck the Caribbean nation of Haiti.

The extent of the devastation is still unclear but there are fears thousands of people may have died.

Haiti's worst quake in two centuries hit south of the capital Port-au-Prince on Tuesday, wrecking the presidential palace, UN HQ and other buildings.

A "large number" of UN personnel were reported missing by the organisation. Many people have spent the night outside amid fears of more aftershocks.

Describing the earthquake as a "catastrophe", Haiti's envoy to the US said the cost of the damage could run into billions.

A number of nations, including the US, UK and Venezuela, are gearing up to send aid.

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Togo's footballers head home, shaken

January 12, 2010 - Togo's shaken footballers prepare to go home after machine-gun ambush. Team withdraw from Africa Cup of Nations, but organisers insist that the tournament will still go ahead.

Togo's traumatised footballers have pulled out of the Africa Cup of Nations after the death toll from a machine-gun ambush on their team bus rose to three.

But organisers in Angola dismissed calls for the tournament to be abandoned because of security concerns and said the opening ceremony and first match would go ahead tomorrow as planned.

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Bomb Blast Kills Physics Professor in Tehran

January 12, 2010 - A remote-controlled bomb attached to a motorcycle killed an Iranian physics professor outside his home in northern Tehran on Tuesday, state media reported, blaming the United States and Israel for the attack.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility. One state broadcaster, IRIB, quoted a Foreign Ministry spokesman as saying that “in the initial investigation, signs of the triangle of wickedness by the Zionist regime, America and their hired agents are visible in the terrorist act” against the scientist, Massoud Ali Mohammadi.

There was some dispute about his field of scientific specialization.

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US: Redouble Efforts to Close Guantanamo

January 12, 2010 The Obama administration should commemorate Guantanamo's eighth anniversary tomorrow by renewing its pledge to close the prison quickly and responsibly, Human Rights Watch said today. Prisoners implicated in crimes should be charged and brought to trial before federal courts, and the remainder should be sent home or resettled in other countries.

The United States brought the first 20 detainees, hooded and shackled, to the Guantanamo Bay Naval Station in Cuba, on January 11, 2002. Despite President Barack Obama's stated commitment to close the prison by January 2010, nearly 200 men remain, most of whom have never been charged with any crime.

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