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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.

Jean-François Lescinel: 'Everyone should say a prayer for Haiti'

Jean-François Lescinel, Swindon Town's Haiti international, is still waiting to hear whether his 11-year-old sister has survived the earthquake. He tells James Corrigan how it feels to watch the disaster from a distance

Help pours in, but still Haiti victims wait

Troops, doctors and aid workers flowed into Haiti today but hundreds of thousands of quake victims still struggled to find water or food.

Dignity: the scarcest commodity in Haiti

Business is brisk in the capital’s main cemetery

'We are not giving up. We will dig for as long as it takes'

Halfway up a mountain of rubble, on the site of what was once a three-storey apartment block in the Canape Vert neighbourhood, you started to hear the screams. A woman was buried underneath the concrete, apparently with her entire family. She had been there five days, and now that a search-and-rescue crew had finally arrived, she was in hysterics.

Isabel Hilton: Don't blame the Haitians for doubting US promises

Will the fate of this quake-ravaged nation once again be decided by outsiders?

Leading article: America must fulfil its responsibilities to Haiti

The US can help set the Caribbean nation on a more prosperous road

Sir Peter Burt

In last week's article, 'New bank investors snub Sir Peter Burt' (10 January 2010) we incorrectly stated that Sir Peter had 'been forced to sever his ties with the new banking venture being launched by Sandy Chen'. In fact, Sir Peter decided several months ago not to participate in the venture despite being twice invited to do so. We apologise to Sir Peter for this error and, at his request, have made a donation to the Haiti disater appeal.

Earthquake in Haiti: Gone in 30 seconds

It was just another Tuesday in Port-au-Prince. Then, as the clocks nudged 4.53pm, the earth shook. Haiti will never be the same

Haiti police fear violence and arrest troublemakers

Haitian authorities are rounding up troublemakers to prevent sporadic looting from turning into wider violence in the aftermath of the Caribbean nation's devastating earthquake, a senior security official said.

Haitian doctor takes 100 patients into his home

For years, Claude Surena has treated the sick at his two-story hillside home near the center of the Haitian capital. But a magnitude-7.0 earthquake has brought the 59-year-old pediatrician's involvement to a whole new level.

Discovered by Columbus, built by France – and wrecked by dictators

He ended years of brutal regime. Now an exiled ex-president wants to be the saviour again.

Patrick Cockburn: The US is failing Haiti – again

There is nobody to co-ordinate the most rudimentary relief and rescue efforts

A beacon amid the rubble, Greene's hotel survives

Amid Haiti's death and devastation, one small but significant piece of good news has emerged. The staff and guests at the country's most historic hotel survived, the building apparently not having suffered extensive damage.

Families in turmoil: 'I phone and phone, but it never rings...'

John Lichfield joins desperate expats in Paris waiting for news of the loved ones they fear are lost for ever

'You will not be forsaken', Obama promises Haiti

Washington to send 2,200 Marines, 3,500 troops and $100m in aid as Obama vows swift response; Rescue teams and aid workers face apocalyptic scenes and huge logistical problems in ruined city
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