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  • Opinion Five tasks for Haiti's new pop-singer president

    Michel “Sweet Mickey” Martelly has officially – and finally – been proclaimed president-elect of Haiti, and he is savoring his success – in the United States. His victory tour began Tuesday in Washington, where he is meeting with Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, along with officials from the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund. Mr. Martelly was finally declared the official winner of the election late last night, more than two weeks after officials from Haiti's Provisional Electoral Council (CEP) announced he had edged out former first lady Mirlande Manigat in a runoff with over 67 percent of the vote. The wait has been long for Haitians, who first went to the polls last November to elect a president, along with a parliament, carrying high expectations that a new leader could end the long nightmare they have endured since the Jan. 12, 2010 earthquake that ravaged their country – and even before. The battered country’s future is now in the hands of the 50-year-old Martelly, a popular singer with little political experience, but who led an impressive campaign. Martlelly will now have the following five immediate tasks to address:
    04/21/2011 09:33 am

  • Are we entering an age of major earthquakes?

    A study of more than a century of global seismic records has prompted some scientists to say that major earthquakes have tended to occur in clusters. Others disagree.
    04/20/2011 12:50 pm

  • New Chicago schools chief has record of reform, but irked teachers

    Chicago Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel taps Jean-Claude Brizard, superintendent in Rochester, N.Y., to head city schools. Brizard is a long-time educator, unlike new leaders of other big-city districts.
    04/18/2011 05:22 pm

  • In Pictures Haiti presidential election
  • The peacebuilders: Making conflict resolution permanent

    Out of the UN comes a new idea for ending war. Peacebuilders: An intensive process that gives permission for foreign 'interference' in conflict resolution.
    04/02/2011 04:58 pm

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  • From pop star to president? Haiti looks set to elect 'Sweet Micky.'

    Heading into today's Haiti election, polls show pop music star Michel 'Sweet Micky' Martelly with a lead over former First Lady Mirlande Manigat.
    03/20/2011 01:00 pm

  • How to help Japan

    There are several international relief agencies providing aid to survivors of the Japanese earthquake and tsunami. Here's how you can help.
    03/19/2011 11:16 am

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