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French Navy ship docks in Cap-Haitien, Haiti

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CAP-HAITIEN, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - A French Navy warship, "The Ventôse", arrived Monday in the port of Cap-Haitien, where no French ship had been for 30 years and where it will stay for 48 hours.

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UNESCO Irina Bokova visits Haiti's biosphere reserves

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SEGUIN, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - The Director General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Irina Bokova, while on a 3 day trip to Haiti, visited this week, along with President Michel Martelly and the UNESCO Special Envoy for Haiti Michaelle Jean, La Visite National Park, a UNESCO-supported World Biosphere Reserve.

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Ongoings of the 11th PetroCaribe Council of Ministers in Haiti

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PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) Members of the Petrocaribe alliance were welcomed to Haiti on Friday morning and will stay until Saturday for the 11th Council of Ministers of Petrocaribe being held at the Royal Oasis Hotel in Petion-Ville.

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Taiwan denies dollar diplomacy in Haiti

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TAIPEI, Taiwan (sentinel.ht) - The Chinese (Taiwanese) Ministry of Foreign Affairs rejected a report that painted a $15.8 million [US] donation to Haiti for the Supreme Court building presumably already funded by $260 million [US] as unnecessary spending and a case of dollar diplomacy.

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

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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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Caribbean Community aims at Europe for Slavery Reparation

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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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United Nations Haiti Cholera Aloral to U.S. Congress

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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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OAS to send long-term mission to oversee Haiti's overdue elections

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PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - The Washington D.C.-based Organization of American States (OAS), which held a heavy hand in Haiti's last elections which saw unprecedented levels of fraud said Sunday that it was preparing to send another long-term mission to oversee the preparation and implementation of Haiti's next elections, which are hoped for.

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Canada urges a "climate of greater political stability" in Haiti

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PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - The Canadian Minister of International Development, who recently visited Haiti, called on officials to establish a "climate of greater political stability," without which development aid could be compromised. This information comes a week after leaked documents from the Canadian Foreign Affairs Department, budgeting a 56% reduction in aid to Haiti were published in the press.

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Significant reduction in Canadian assistance to Haiti

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OTTAWA, Canada (sentinel.ht) - Canada wants to reduce its financial assistance to Haiti from more than $205 million per year to a budget of $90 million per year according to internal documents circulating the newly formed Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development.

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U.S. issues new Travel Advisory for Haiti

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (sentinel.ht) - Washington issued a new Travel Warning for Haiti on Tuesday using much less dramatic language than its previous warning issued December 2012. None the less, the August 13 advisory urged U.S. citizens to exercise caution while visiting Haiti and noted violent crimes and lack of emergency response infrastructure as considerations.

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

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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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Woman placed at head of UN Peacekeeping Mission in Haiti

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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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UN Peacekeeper critically shot in southern Haiti

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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.


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 {japopup type="iframe" content="http://www.hpnhaiti.com/site/index.php/provinces/9824-haiti-minustahun-policier-de-lonu-blesse-mais-pas-mort"}Haiti Press Network{/japopup}, 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, {japopup type="iframe" content="http://english.peopledaily.com.cn/90786/8305397.html"}People Daily{/japopup} 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.

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Haiti: Dinner to Honor Irina Bokova, UNESCO

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PORT -AU- PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - The Haitian Government held a dinner at the Royal Oasis in honor of the Director General of the United Nations Educations, Scientific and Cultural Organization, Irina Bokova. The reception, hosted by Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe, was attended by several members of the Administration, the Apostolic Nuncio and several ambassadors accredited in Haiti.

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In Haiti, Multiple Resolutions Reached at 11th PetroCaribe Ministers Meeting

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PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - A number of resolutions were achieved after 21 nations met for two days at the Royal Oasis Hotel in Petion-ville Haiti. Notable, was a bilateral agreement between Haiti and Venezuela to create a direct air link.

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Haiti to host 21 nations for 11th PetroCaribe Ministerial Council

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PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (sentinel.ht) - Haiti will host 21 nations in the 11th Council of Ministers of PetroCaribe on September 6 and 7 in Petion-Ville.

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Haiti to receive President of Republic of China

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PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (defend.ht) - Haiti will receive the President of the Republic of China (Taiwan) on Tuesday during his visit through the Caribbean and Latin America.

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Canada opens investigation in death of Haitian Judge

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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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Dominicans rejecting trade proposals by Haitian officials

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

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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.