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French Troops Move to Rebel-Held North in Haiti

International forces in Haiti said on Thursday they are deploying troops in the rebel-held north as security improves in the capital after a monthlong revolt that helped oust President Jean-Bertrand Aristide. The United Nations made an urgent appeal for humanitarian aid to arrive in the impoverished Caribbean nation, where a third of the population suffers from chronic malnutrition. Some 150 French troops from a 2,700-strong U.N.-sanctioned force sent to Haiti after Aristide was ousted on Feb. 29 arrived on Tuesday in the northern city of Cap Haitien, Haiti’s second-largest city, and have secured the airport, said Lt. Col. Louis Acacio. Acacio said the French troops are now patrolling Cap Haitien’s streets, where armed rebels are still in control and there is no Haitian police presence. Full Story

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