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Christopher Columbus Sets Foot on Island of Hispaniola in 1492

Today in Latin American history, Christopher Columbus became the first European to set foot on the island of Hispaniola, now Haiti and the Dominican Republic in 1492. continue reading »

58 Haitian Immigrants Try to Enter U.S. Illegally via Puerto Rico

The U.S. Coast Guard and Puerto Rican police detained 58 undocumented Haitians on Tuesday as they tried to enter U.S. territory illegally on the west coast of Puerto Rico. continue reading »

More than 1,700 Haitian Refugees Arrive in Brazil

Some 1,700 Haitians have entered the Brazilian state of Acre over the past two weeks and are being sheltered in a sports facility, the state government said. continue reading »

Coast Guard Detains 71 Haitians Off of Coast of Puerto Rico

Border Patrol officers and U.S. Coast Guard personnel detained 71 Haitian migrants who arrived on several islands off the coast of western Puerto Rico, officials said. continue reading »

Reforestation Plan May Be Key to New Jobs in Haiti

Haitian President Michel Martelly announced Saturday, three years after the devastating earthquake on Jan. 12, 2010 left 300,000 people dead, a master plan for reforestation and land management capable of creating 30,000 jobs. continue reading »

U.N. Secretary-General Met With Argentine President Cristina Fernández to Discuss Global Issues

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon held a meeting this week with Argentina’s President Cristina Fernández, in which they discussed a range of issues on the global agenda. The issues discussed included the Falkland Islands (Malvinas). The Governments of Argentina and the United Kingdom have been engaged in a dispute concerning the sovereignty of the islands, located in the south Atlantic Ocean. continue reading »

A Wedding in Haiti

U.S. Bishops Urge Homeland Security to Stop the Resumption of Haitian Deportations

In a joint letter to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano February 7, Archbishop José H. Gomez, Coadjutor Archbishop of Los Angeles and chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) Committee on Migration, and Bishop Gerald Kicanas of Tucson, continue reading »

Two Haitian Nationals Accused of Killing Four-Yr Old of “Extreme Alcohol Poisoning”

Formal charges are pending against the Haitian father and aunt of a four-year old girl who died from “extreme alcohol poisoning” this past Saturday. continue reading »

Secretary Clinton Traveling to Haiti on Sunday

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will travel to Haiti on January 30 to consult with members of civil society, political actors, Haiti’s president and international partners on the ongoing electoral situation as well as reconstruction efforts. continue reading »

Number of Cholera Cases in Haiti Starting to Trend Downwards

The number of people dying from cholera in Haiti has been on a downward trend or has stabilized in all ten of the country’s departments affected by the outbreak, the United Nations humanitarian office reported today, adding that the number of hospitalized people has also been decreasing. continue reading »

BREAKING NEWS:  Jean-Claude, Baby Doc, Duvalier Arrested in Haiti (VIDEO)

As everyone is trying to figure how and why former Haitian dictator Jean-Claude “Baby Doc” Duvalier returned to his homeland, officials are visiting him in his post hotel room. continue reading »

UN Marks One-Year Anniversary of Haiti Earthquake

On the one-year anniversary of the earthquake which devastated Haiti, the United Nations is today remembering the disaster’s victims in memorial events in Port-au-Prince, New York and elsewhere around the world. continue reading »

One Year Commemoration of Haiti’s Earthquake

The following is the official statement regarding the one year anniversary of Haiti's earthquake from the U.S. Government via the State Department, delivered by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton: continue reading »

US Catholics Invited to Pray Novena for Haiti on Anniversary of Earthquake

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops is asking Catholics in the United States to pray a novena to Our Lady of Guadalupe for Haiti. The novena begins on January 12-- the anniversary of the 2010 Haiti earthquake-- continue reading »

Dominican Republic Resumes Deportation of Haitians

The Dominican Republic is now closing the open door policy it had to its Haitian neighborhoods, in place since the devastating earthquake of January 12 2010. continue reading »

UN Launches $200 MIllion Sustainable Development Project in Haiti

The United Nations and its partners this week launched a 20-year, $200 million environmental recovery program in south-west Haiti that aims to benefit more than 200,000 people and show that sustainable rural development, from fisheries to tourism, is indeed practical. continue reading »

Fear of Cholera-Causing Bacteria Keeps Haitian Farmers from Harvesting Rice

Farmers in north-western Haiti are likely to lose a significant portion of their rice harvest due to reluctance to work in paddy fields they fear are contaminated by the cholera-causing bacteria, continue reading »

Supreme Voodoo Leader Urges Lynching of Haitian Voodoo Priests to Stop

The supreme leader of Haitian voodoo, Max Beauvoir, in an interview with Reuters urged those lynching voodoo priests to stop and reassured the island nation's residents that the priests were not to blame for the cholera outbreak. continue reading »

Spain Donates $20 Million to Help Haiti Combat Cholera

The Inter-American Development and the government of Spain will provide $20 million in emergency grants to help Haiti fight cholera, which has claimed more than 2,300 lives since late October. continue reading »