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Britain urges nationals to leave Haiti as rebel leaders prepare to take the capital

The British government urged all of its nationals in Haiti to leave the country yesterday before armed rebels who have taken over more than half the country launch a final offensive on the capital, Port-au-Prince. With the opposition rejecting a political settlement that offered the last hope to persuade the rebels to halt their advance, the Foreign Office warned that the situation throughout the country had become “highly volatile”. It added: “We advise against all travel to Haiti and all British nationals are advised to leave the country if they can do so safely.” The number of British expatriates is modest ­ about 70, the Foreign Office estimates ­ and they were apparently heeding the warning. The local representative for Christian Aid, Helen Spraos, a Briton, was said by her staff to be on a plane for London. Full Story

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