Sex, death and slaves: Welcome to Haiti's horror carnival

Blood and black magic flow through Haiti's history – as photographer Leah Gordon discovered when she went to Mardi Gras in the port town of Jacmel...

British architect to rebuild Haiti's social housing

A british architect has been enlisted to oversee the development of cheap and durable housing in Haiti, which was devastated by an earthquake in January.

White is For Witching by Helen Oyeyemi

Helen Oyeyemi was just 21 when her first novel, The Icarus Girl, established her as one of the most distinctive voices of the year.

UN says 1.5 million people still homeless in Haiti

The UN's humanitarian chief acknowledged frustration yesterday with the slow progress in providing shelter to the 1.5 million Haitians still homeless because of the 12 January earthquake, and said a large amount of work needs to be done as the hurricane season bears down.

UN to investigate shootings at prison after Haiti quake

The United Nations has launched an investigation into what it calls "major human-rights violations" at an overcrowded jail in Haiti, after claims that police shot dozens of prisoners during the chaotic days after the country's earthquake in January.

Republican blow for Democrats in Haiti

Republicans scored a mid-term election victory by winning a Democratic-held congressional seat in Hawaii, in the district where President Barack Obama grew up, the latest triumph for the Republican Party as it looks to take back control of Congress.

American freed after Haiti orphan saga

The last of 10 Americans detained while trying to take 33 children out of Haiti after the January earthquake has been freed after a judge convicted her but sentenced her to time already served in jail.

Letters: The left and the election

Victory for the left is a fantasy

Haiti turns against leader who stayed on too long

Police were keeping watch over the Haitian capital yesterday as an uneasy calm descended on streets still littered with debris following protests by opposition groups calling for the resignation of the country's President, René Préval.

Art from the heart of Haiti

Scrap metal, second-hand shoes and skulls. These are the materials a trio of Haitian artists, showing together for the first time in London , use for their powerful work. Lherrison, who trained as an artist in a Port-au-Prince atelier under a voodoo priest, sticks coloured buttons on to circuit boards to create his modern collage versions of the flags used in voodoo rituals to summon spirits. His sculptures – horned monsters and chained, beaten-up dolls – undergo their own rituals before making it to the gallery. Having been buried underground, rolled in ash and doused in rum they are, finally, set alight.

US troops will leave Haiti by 1 June

The US military mobilisation in support of Haitian earthquake relief and recovery efforts is winding down and will be concluded for the most part by 1 June, the American army said yesterday. The deputy chief of US Southern Command, Lieutenant- General Ken Keen, says there are about 2,200 American troops still there, compared to 22,000 at the peak of the US effort. And he says that, by June, only about 500 National Guard and Reserve personnel will be stationed in Haiti to help aid workers. The 12 January earthquake was estimated to have killed as many as 250,000 people.

New and improved: Rebuilding a disaster zone

The rebuilding of Port-au-Prince won't start for years, yet there's already hope it will herald a brighter future for the Caribbean capital. What, asks Rob Sharp, can we learn from the architectural reinvention of other ruined cities?

High fives for the children of Haiti

The people of Haiti took time out from preparing for the imminent hurricane season yesterday to welcome an impromptu visitor, as Michelle Obama began her first solo foreign trip with a tour of the country's badly damaged capital.

Explain U-turn on aid budget, No 10 told

Downing Street attempt to quell Whitehall row over Haiti quake charity single

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