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At least 17 migrants from Haiti died on Wednesday when their overloaded sailboat capsized as it was being towed to shore in the Turks and Caicos Islands, officials in the British territory said.

A handout picture made available by the US Coast Guard and taken from a Coast Guard helicopter shows some 100 Haitians sitting on the hull and mast of a sail freighter after it grounded and capsized off the coast of the Bahamas

Up to 30 feared dead as migrants' sailing boat capsizes in Bahamas

Vessel from Haiti was 'overloaded and unseaworthy' says US Coast Guard

Yelena Isinbayeva claims victory in the pole vault final

World Championships 2013: Yelena Isinbayeva finally gives Russian crowd a reason to be cheerful in Moscow

Pole-vaulter rolls back the years to take gold as controversial LaShawn Merritt is surprise winner of 400m

In July members of the largely evangelical protestant church took to Port-au-Prince's streets in opposition to discussions around the subject of gay marriage.

Gay British man attacked in Haiti at his engagement celebration

The gay and lesbian community is often too afraid to report rights violations

Haiti 2 Italy 2 match report: Caribbean side's late double embarrasses Italians

Italy were embarrassed by Haiti in Rio last night as the unheralded Caribbean side scored two goals in the last five minutes to secure a 2-2 draw in a friendly despite falling behind after 19 seconds.

The Enigma of the Return, By Dany Laferrière, trans. David Homel

A magnificent meditation on loss and political exile as a great Haitian writer returns home

Senator Robert Menendez in spotlight over campaign funds

Prostitute recants sex claims against Senator Robert Menendez

Call-girl withdraws allegations after admitting she was paid to make it all up claims New Jersey Democrat in clear over sex orgy scandal but is still under investigation

Nepalese peacekeepers who arrived in 2010 are widely believed to have brought the disease to Haiti

Haitians rage as UN rejects payout for cholera victims

Survivors of epidemic, which has killed 8,000 people, condemn ‘immoral’ decision to claim immunity

Why UN peacekeepers in Haiti are beyond the reach of justice

When the United States and European countries began trading with Japan in the late 1850s, they forced the Japanese authorities to grant their nationals immunity from prosecution in the Japanese courts.

Catch of the day: Bright kayaks and fishing boats line the beach

Where to go in 2013: Dominican Republic

Why go in 2013? To get there before everyone else does

There's little to show for $15m – just broken promises

Wyclef Jean spoke passionately about the failures of established aid agencies

Haiti death toll jumps to 19 after Tropical Storm Isaac

Haiti's death toll from Tropical Storm Isaac has jumped to 19, while five people have died in the neighboring Dominican Republic, government officials said.

People help each other across a flooded section of a road in Port-au-Prince

Tropical Storm Isaac clears Haiti and heads for Cuba and Florida

Tropical Storm Isaac swept across Haiti's southern peninsula early today, dousing a capital city prone to flooding and areas of the poor nation still trying to recover from the terrible 2010 earthquake.

'That’s no way to perform if you’re world champion. I should do better' said Dai Greene

Greene needs rapid improvement after scraping into final

GB captain was disgusted with his hurdles semi-final, he tells Simon Turnbull

Picture preview: Leah Gordon portraits of Caste

Photographer and artist Leah Gordon explores the practice in Haiti of grading skin colour from black to white, referred to as Caste, in a series of new photographs.

Silver, By Andrew Motion

The best books are written with an ear to somebody. Treasure Island was written in 1883 for Robert Louis Stevenson's 15-year-old stepson, Lloyd Osbourne. It was intended to be a boy's book in the mould of RM Ballantyne's Coral Island, Captain Marryat's Masterman Ready, and Fennimore Cooper's The Last of the Mohicans, ripping yarns all. It succeeded beyond Stevenson's wildest dreams, becoming a cornerstone of childhood literary memory, indirectly inspiring masterpieces as different as Peter Pan, Swallows and Amazons and High Wind in Jamaica, and directly spawning a dozen forgotten prequels and sequels.

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