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Clashes mar Haiti anniversary

Haiti’s president has pledged to hold parliamentary elections this year, during a speech marking 200 years of independence from France. Jean Bertrand Aristide gave no date for the poll, but promised a wide-ranging programme to help the poor. Haiti became the world’s first black republic and the first country in the western hemisphere to abolish slavery. But anniversary celebrations have been marred by clashes between supporters and opponents of President Aristide. Full Story

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