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Haiti earthquakePrayer, mourning mark anniversary

A boy walks through the rubble of a Port-au-Prince cathedral before services outside on Wednesday, the one-year anniversary of the quake that killed over 300,000 people.

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A boy walks through the rubble of a Port-au-Prince cathedral before services outside on Wednesday, the one-year anniversary of the quake that killed over 300,000 people.

Capital goes quiet

The normally traffic-clogged streets of Port-au-Prince, the Haitian capital, turned quiet Wednesday as businesses closed and people walked in solemn processions to prayer services marking the anniversary of the worst natural disaster in the nation's history. Many people wore white, a color associated with mourning in Haiti.

Officials at ceremony

Former President Bill Clinton and Haitian President Rene Preval attended a ceremony to lay the cornerstone for a new National Tax Office, where many workers were killed in one of the blows to the public sector that paralyzed the government following the earthquake. Dignitaries from around the world also came to Haiti to mark the anniversary.

Toll raised to 316,000

The nation held a minute of silence at 4:53 p.m., the moment when the earthquake ripped the ground open exactly one year earlier. The government raised its death toll estimate Wednesday to more than 316,000, but it did not explain how it arrived at that number.

Little Haiti remembers

A colorful new mural unveiled in Miami's Little Haiti neighborhood shows the presidential palace and hillside homes of Haiti's capital standing firm and uncracked, but the images are from the past. The mural's artists, however, painted tears running down the faces of Haiti's revolutionary heroes.

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