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Fearful foreigners leave Haitian capital braced for assault

Armed US government agents escorted dozens of nervous foreigners to Port-au-Prince airport to fly out of troubled Haiti while the capital braced for an attack by rebels. Some flaming barricades remained on the edge of the city, but the number of gun-toting loyalists of President Jean Bertrand Aristide had come down enough for the United Nations to get non-essential staff and the families of workers staying behind out of the country. Statements by rebel leader Guy Philippe, whose forces control the northern half of Haiti, that he would soon attack Port-au-Prince heightened fears in the capital. But the diplomatic focus of the Haiti crisis moved to Paris where the French government hoped to hold talks with representatives of the embattled president and the political opposition. France has called for Aristide, a former priest in the shanties of the capital, to leave office. Full Story

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