Government suspects cholera has entered Haitian capital

haiti

capital is being tested for cholera

Health officials said Monday they are examining at least 120 suspected cases of cholera in Haiti's capital, the most significant warning sign yet that the epidemic has spread from outlying areas to threaten as many as 3 million people. Samples from patients in Port-au-Prince are being tested in a laboratory to confirm the presence of vibrio cholera bacteria, which has already killed at least 544 people, Gabriel Timothee, Health Ministry executive director, told the Associated Press. If confirmed, the bacteria could imperil an estimated 2.5 million to 3 million inhabitants, nearly half of whom have been living in tents or under tarps in easily flooded encampments since their houses were destroyed in the Jan. 12 earthquake.

afghanistan

NATO says 900 trainers are needed

Canada's government has agreed to keep 750 military trainers in Afghanistan until 2014, a pledge that may help plug a critical shortage of trainers for NATO's year-old mission to bolster Afghan security forces. President Hamid Karzai wants his nation's police and army to take the lead in protecting and defending their homeland by 2014 — a deadline that will be reached only if the stepped-up training effort continues with support from foreign capitals weary of the war. U.S. Lt. Gen. William Caldwell, commander of NATO's training mission, said Monday that the NATO mission faced a shortage of 900 trainers.

iraq

Leaders meet; bombs go off in holy cities

Leaders of the major political blocs met for the first time since the March elections in a bid to break an eight-month deadlock that has left Iraqis with no new government. Bombings, meanwhile, in the normally calm holy cities of Najaf and Karbala killed at least 22 and wounded dozens more.

connecticut

Man gets death for fatal home invasion

A man was sentenced to death for a night of terror inside a suburban home where a woman was strangled and her two daughters were tied to their beds and left to die in a gasoline-fueled fire. Jurors in New Haven Superior Court voted unanimously to send Steven Hayes, 47, to death row after deliberating over four days.

washington

Al-Awlaki fights for son in court

Attorneys for Nasser al-Awlaki of Yemen, the father of a cleric trying to inspire Muslims to kill Americans, argued in court to keep his son from being targeted for death by President Barack Obama. U.S. District Judge John Bates heard three hours of arguments in the case of Anwar al-Awlaki on the same day the American cleric made a renewed call for jihad against U.S. citizens in a video on extremist websites.

Elsewhere

Connecticut: Republican Tom Foley conceded the governor's race to Dan Malloy.

Chile: A mine accident killed two workers in the same northern region where 33 miners were rescued last month after 69 days underground.

Peru: American activist Lori Berenson walked free from prison for the second time after serving three-quarters of a 20-year sentence for collaborating with leftist rebels.

WASHINGTON: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who is raising his national political profile as a government cost-cutter, engaged in a pattern of abuse when he was U.S. attorney by billing taxpayers to stay at luxury hotels, the Justice Department's inspector general said.

Times wires

Government suspects cholera has entered Haitian capital 11/08/10 [Last modified: Monday, November 8, 2010 10:33pm]

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