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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.

Erin Norman: An irate tirade for Haiti

The disaster is natural but the circumstances of the Haitian people are manmade.

Andrew Buncombe: A country so poor the people buy mud to eat

The timelines that show the slew of natural disasters to have befallen Haiti in two centuries since it secured independence from France give an indication of the vulnerability of the Caribbean nation to the forces of extreme weather.

Leading article: An unfortunate land

Haiti's miserable status as one of the world's most benighted countries was only confirmed by the earthquake that struck on Tuesday – the fiercest and most destructive for two centuries. More than 100,000 people are dead. The capital, Port-au-Prince, has lost most of its few architectural monuments, including the presidential palace and the cathedral. The head of the UN mission in Haiti, his deputy, and an as yet unknown number of staff also lost their lives.

Carel Pedré: 'How are we going to even bury our loved ones?'

I was in my car driving to work on Tuesday evening and got stuck in traffic. That's when I felt the car shaking. I thought another car had driven into me. I looked up and saw the earth shaking and the buildings trembling. When it was over, I saw that buildings had collapsed.

World mobilises to provide Haiti aid

Around three million people need emergency help in the wake of Haiti's devastating earthquake, the Red Cross said today.

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Haitian senators dismiss PM

Prime Minister Michele Pierre-Louis was removed from office by the Haitian Senate last night in a move that could imperil efforts to attract foreign investment to the impoverished country.

A taste of the tropical: The Dominican Republic revealed

New flights are about to make the Dominican Republic more accessible – and visitors will be dazzled by the diversity of this Caribbean gem

Clinton to be special UN envoy to Haiti

The UN is turning to Bill Clinton as its emissary to chronically unstable Haiti, where the former president is popular but not the peacekeepers who have provided the nation's only real security for years.

Migrants die as boat sinks off Florida

A boat overloaded with around 30 people, possibly Haitians being smuggled to the US from their desperately poor country, sank off the Florida coast. At least nine people died.

Collapsed Haiti school owner arrested

Haitian police on Sunday were holding the owner of a school that collapsed, killing at least 88 people and setting off a desperate search for survivors trapped in tons of rubble.

Haiti takes stock after storms leave a million homeless

As rolling coverage of Hurricane Ike's arrival in Texas dominated news networks yesterday, its devastating impact on the desperately impoverished Caribbean nation of Haiti was still emerging.

Haiti: Sun, sand, sea – and poverty

Riots, revolution and years of grinding deprivation – Haiti is the West's poorest country. But the tourists may soon return to this Caribbean 'Paradise Island', says Tony Wheeler

Ex-soldiers end standoff in Haiti

Former soldiers who had seized a building in northern Haiti changed out of their uniforms and peacefully filed out yesterday, ending a tense standoff of nearly 24 hours after negotiations with government officials.

Show me the money: 'bonds' let film stars collect future earnings

The joke about Hollywood marriages is that A-listers get hitched early in the morning. That way, if it doesn't work out, they haven't wasted the whole day.

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Tony Jordan: 'I turned down the chance to research Charles Dickens for a TV series nine times ... then I found a kindred spirit'

A tale of two writers

Offered the chance to research Charles Dickens for a TV series, Tony Jordan turned it down. Nine times. The man behind EastEnders and Life on Mars didn’t feel right for the job. Finally, he gave in - and found an unexpected kindred spirit
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Should pupils get a lie in?

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SJ Watson: 'I still can't quite believe that Before I Go to Sleep started in my head'

A dream come true for SJ Watson

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Paul Scholes: Three at the back isn’t working yet but given time I’m hopeful Louis van Gaal can rebuild Manchester United

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The science of herding is cracked

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Tyrant: Is the world ready for a Middle Eastern 'Dallas'?

This tyrant doesn’t rule

It’s billed as a Middle Eastern ‘Dallas’, so why does Fox’s new drama have a white British star?