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Haitian leader calls for foreign help as rebels take another town

Haiti’s contested President Jean Bertrand Aristide has appealed for international help to contain a 12-day-old uprising on the Caribbean island state after armed rebels seeking his ouster took control of another town and killed the district police chief. The attack in the central town of Hinche on Monday pushed the death toll to more than 55 since February 5, when armed opponents seized Gonaives in the north. That town of some 200,000 remains in rebel hands. “I have already asked and I will continue to ask the international community and prime ministers of the region to move faster on this issue,” Aristide told reporters late Monday at the presidential palace. France, which ruled what is now Haiti in the 18th century, quickly said it was considering sending an international peacekeeping force to Haiti. In Paris, Foreign Minister Dominique de Villepin said that France, with overseas territories in the Caribbean and South America, was in a position to rapidly deploy resources to Haiti, and several other countries were also ready to act. Full Story

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