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It is the Western hemisphere's poorest nation, hobbled by generations of corruption and social turmoil which have resulted in two-thirds unemployment and an economy entirely reliant on overseas aid. That was Haiti, even before the disaster that struck at around 5pm on Tuesday, 12 January.
Protesters question legitimacy of president's chosen candidate.
The aftermath of Haiti's election continued on its chaotic course yesterday with international monitors validating the polls even as candidates produced further evidence of widespread fraud.
Can election heal a nation ravaged by disaster and disease?
Fears are growing that disease could spread to the thousands still having to endure squalid temporary camps in Haiti's capital
Fears that disease could spread to rice fields relied on by hundreds of thousands
At least 135 people have died in a suspected cholera outbreak, and aid groups are rushing in medicine and other supplies today to combat Haiti's deadliest problem since its devastating earthquake.
Hip-hop singer Wyclef Jean has been admitted to hospital because of stress and fatigue following his unsuccessful attempt to stand for president in Haiti.
Billions were promised after the January earthquake. Six months on, little has changed, reports Guy Adams
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.
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.
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?
Idaho church group accused of kidnap could be sent home for trial
In the aftermath of one of the world's worst earthquakes, priests and missionaries are competing for the souls of a traumatised population. Kim Sengupta reports from Port-au-Prince
World Food Programme measure designed to ensure vital supplies get through to everyone
Carol Ann Duffy organises charity event for earthquake victims