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Wyclef Fights Haiti's Electoral Council With ... Song!

Calls René Préval 'Lucifer'

(Newser) - As West Side Story clearly taught us, there's no better way to fight than using the power of ... song! And Wyclef Jean is putting that knowledge to good use with a newly penned tune that he posted to Twitter on Wednesday, along with the message, "We want equal rights... More »

Bush, Clinton Tour Port-au-Prince

Ten weeks after Haiti earthquake, ex-presidents visit capital

(Newser) - Bill Clinton and George W. Bush toured Port-au-Prince today, meeting survivors of the Jan. 12 earthquake at a huge homeless camp in the Haitian capital. The former presidents, who were making their first joint visit, spearheaded the American relief fundraising effort, which has drawn $37 million so far. "Our... More »

Haiti President to Meet Obama on US Aid

Rene Preval looking for long-term recovery help

(Newser) - As Haiti struggles with the aftermath of the January 12 earthquake, Haitian President Rene Preval is meeting with President Obama at the White House today to talk about how the US can aid the impoverished island nation's economic recovery. Preval's visit to Washington comes as US lawmakers look into trade... More »

Haiti Observes Day of Mourning

Tens of thousands honor quake victims

(Newser) - Tens of thousands of Haitians united today to mourn the victims of the earthquake that devastated the nation 1 month ago. At Champs de Mars, a tent city outside the collapsed National Palace, a 3-day memorial service began. "Haiti has just experienced the biggest tragedy of our history,''... More »

Haitians: 'We Didn't Feel Like We Had a Gov't'

Shy President Préval has been largely MIA since quake

(Newser) - Since Haiti was devastated by last Tuesday's earthquake, the country's president has been so invisible that many Haitians are wondering whether they have a government at all. Haitian officials say the government of President René Préval is too incapacitated to take any public role, but longtime politician Préval... More »

Obama Reiterates Haiti Support

5,000 troops to arrive in nation over the weekend

(Newser) - President Obama reaffirmed his commitment to relief in Haiti, telling the survivors of the massive earthquake "that we will do what it takes to save lives and help people get back on their feet." Obama spoke this afternoon—his third public statement in as many days—following a... More »

Haitian Senate Sacks Prime Minister

Food riots spark ouster of president's close ally

(Newser) - Amid skyrocketing food prices and deadly riots in Haiti, the country's senate has voted to oust Prime Minister Jacques-Edouard Alexis. President Rene Preval, who appointed his ally Alexis in 2006 to lead the country's coalition government, must now choose a new cabinet. The vote came in spite of a recently... More »

Haitians Protest as Food Prices Soar

Capital shuts down as mob tries to storm presidential palace

(Newser) - Hungry Haitians attacked the presidential palace yesterday, demanding the resignation of President Rene Preval over soaring food prices, Reuters reports. UN peacekeepers fired rubber bullets and tear gas to control the angry mob; a week of protests has killed five people and paralyzed the impoverished capital. “If we are... More »

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