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Haiti: President says elections by year's end, according to U.S. Senator

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) — If true, it would mark the first time that a time frame for elections has been stated by the Administration, when a U.S. senator visiting Haiti said Tuesday that the President of the Republic told him that legislative and local elections, 1 year, 8 months and 17 days past due, would be held before year's end.

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Haiti: U.S. "optimistic" overdue elections can be held in 2013

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - The United States is optimistic of Haiti's capacity to hold elections, overdue since November 2011, before the end of 2013.

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Canada opens investigation in death of Haitian Judge

MONTREAL, Canada (defend.ht) - In Canada, the Quebec Coroner's office performed an autopsy on the body of Judge Jean Serge Joseph and subsequently opened an investigation into the death of the magistrate, a Haitian-born Canadian citizen who died under "unclear circumstance" on July 13.

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Caribbean Community aims at Europe for Slavery Reparation

KINGSTOWN, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines (defend.ht) - Caricom, which had its leadership passed from Haiti to Trinidad on July 7, 2013 is now seeking reparations from European countries for slavery in the Caribbean.

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Woman placed at head of UN Peacekeeping Mission in Haiti

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - Well worn of its welcome in Haiti, the United Nations Stabilization Mission (MINUSTAH) on Monday, placed its first woman, Sandra Honoré, from Trinidad and Tobago, at the head of the peacekeeping institution in Haiti since 2004.

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Dominicans rejecting trade proposals by Haitian officials

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (defend.ht) - The Dominicans rejected a trade proposal from Haitian authorities that included the reduction of the days of the binational border market from twice per week to once per week. Rather, Dominicans wish to increase trade liberally, expressing a desire to enter into a free trade contract, without restrictions, with Haiti.

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United Nations Haiti Cholera Aloral to U.S. Congress

WASHINGTON, D.C. (defend.ht) - The United Nations Secretary-General told members of the U.S. Congress Friday that the United Nations is committed to helping Haiti overcome a cholera epidemic, even though the world organization has denied responsibility for the outbreak, is refusing to pay compensation to victims, and has not allocated any funds to a $2 billion [US] cholera-eradication program it developed two years ago.

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UN Peacekeeper critically shot in southern Haiti

ACUL, Haiti (defend.ht) - A United Nations peacekeeper was critically wounded in protests in the town of Acul, near the increasingly volatile town of Petit-Goave.


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ACUL, Haiti (defend.ht) - A United Nations peacekeeper was critically wounded in protests in the town of Acul, near the increasingly volatile town of Petit-Goave.

The member of the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (Minustah), was wounded onFriday in the community of Acul, near the town of Petit-Goave.

It said that as protesters were demanding electricity service for their area they clashed with the UN troops. Sophie Bouteau of the United Nations denies intervention by UN troops.

According to the Haiti Press Network , local authorities said the peacekeeper, who was critically injured, was either shot in the arm or in the abdomen and that he belonged to the UN Police (Unpol) force. The nationality of the foreign security official was not none.

In the same clash, People Daily reports that the executive director of Haiti's Employment Injury, Sickness and Maternity Insurance Office (OFATMA), Max Rudolph Saint-Albin, was attacked by protesters, as were members of his security detail.

Saint-Albin was returning from an official trip to the area, when shots fired from the direction of the protests hit his vehicle, according to the People Daily.

During the protests, National Highway 2, linking the capital with the south of the country, was blocked for several hours and many drivers trapped at the site were also injured, media reports said, citing local officials.

Local police officers were deployed to quell the protests.

Minustah was established on June 1, 2004 by the UN Security Council to restore order in Haiti following the coup d'etat of President Jean Bertrand Aristide.

The UN troops have become the subject of growing criticism for their unneeded presence and ineffectiveness.

Venezuela's Maduro: "An economy is social support"

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (defend.ht) - The PetroCaribe Economic Zone will "encourage greater flow of food and services among nations" in PetroCaribe said Venezuelan President, Nicolas Maduro, upon his arrival to Managua, Nicaragua, the site of the Eighth Summit of Heads of State and Government of the member countries of Petrocaribe.

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President Obama Nominates Patrick Gaspard For South Africa Ambassador

DAKAR, Senegal (defend.ht) - President Obama on Thursday confirmed his long-expected plan to nominate Democratic National Committee's Executive Director, Haitian American Patrick Gaspard, for South Africa Ambassador.

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Dominican Meats seek deal in Petrocaribe Economic Zone

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (defend.ht) - Sources in the Dominican National Palace are suggesting that the nation's president has already taken flight for Managua, Nicaragua for the Petrocaribe Economic Zone and VIII Heads of States and Governments summit beginning on Friday.

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Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro to arrive in Haiti

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro will visit Haiti on Tuesday marking the first time, that a Venezuelan Head of State has visited the country since the late Commander Hugo Chavez in 2007.

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IDB makes US$35.5 million grant to Haiti for water in Port-au-Prince

WASHINGTON, D.C. (defend.ht/IDB) - The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) announced the approval of a US$35.5 million grant for a program to expand and improve drinking water services in Port-au-Prince, the capital of Haiti.

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2013 Failed State Index: No. 8 Haiti

WASHINGTON, D.C. (defend.ht) - Although Haiti improved its ranking by one spot in the past year, it was still ranked in the top 10 of failed states in the world by the Washington, D.C.-based Foreign Policy Magazine and Washington, D.C.-based think tank, The Fund for Peace.

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Dominicans say one-day strike a "success"

DAJABON, Dominican Republic (defend.ht) - The Local Retailers Association of Dajabon, the Dominican Republic's biggest and most active border town market, lifted the strike in effect for only one day allowing traffic to again cross over the border. New information received by The Sentinel would suggest that the D.R. would have made a political miscalculation, "scandalous permitting" which has fueled the egg production crisis in eastern Quisqueya.

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Joe Biden, U.S. encourage Haiti elections in 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. (defend.ht) - The United States expressed its encouragement for the Haitian government to hold senatorial and local elections in 2013.

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Canada to send 34 troops to Haiti

OTTAWA, Canada (defend.ht) - Canada is sending 34 troops to Haiti to be a part of the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti. This comes at a time when South American countries are looking to decrease their military presences in Haiti.

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D.R. President: Haiti has no valid argument to prohibit imports

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (defend.ht) - The Dominican President said on Tuesday that Haiti had no valid arguments to ban import and sale of the Dominican products in the nation.

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Dominicans propose closing already closed border with Haiti

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (defend.ht) - The leader of the National Progressive Force (FNP) political party in the Dominican Republic suggested to Dominican President Danilo Medina that he should close the border with Haiti and increase immigration control.

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Violent eviction of alleged Haitians occupying public spaces in D.R.

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (defend.ht) - The Dominican police and the Dominican national army held an operation of "violent" evictions of dozens of allegedly Haitian nationals who were occupying the public space of the Villas Agricolas, Distrito Nacional in the capital city of Santo Domingo.

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Book reviews

Haiti Noir

Book Review

The anthology edited by Edwidge Danticat puts a uniquely Haitian spin on the crime genre

"Danticat has succeeded in assembling a group portrait of Haitian culture and resilience that is cause for celebration." - Publishers Weekly