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Foreigners Flee Haiti as Capital Awaits Rebels

Foreigners streamed out of Haiti on Wednesday as the capital braced for a rebel advance and diplomats tried to rekindle talks on a power-sharing deal to defuse the Caribbean country’s bloody conflict. With insurgents in control of Haiti’s second-largest city, Cap Haitien, and a series of towns across the north, President Jean-Bertrand Aristide said thousands could die if the rebels, led by a former death squad commander and a former police chief, are allowed to reach teeming Port-au-Prince. But Aristide’s political opponents — who have distanced themselves from the armed revolt but share its aim of getting the president out — on Tuesday rejected a U.S.-backed deal brokered by diplomats. Under the proposal, Aristide would give up some of his powers and form a new government. Full Story

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