10 Kazakhstan - 295 - This is the highest number of adoptions from Kazakhstan in the past five years. In 2008, there were just 78 children adopted by Americans. An orphanage in Pavlodar, Kazakhstan is seen in this 2002 photo. Over the past five years, international adoptions by Americans have declined from a high of nearly 23,000 to less than 13,000 per year. Scandals have produced a chillier global adoption climate, with stricter government controls – and many orphans around the world. Read more about the current international adoption climate below:
Tuesday's unannounced visit to Haiti by Michelle Obama and Jill Biden highlights progress by Haiti relief workers in the three months since the earthquake, and how much rebuilding lies ahead.
First lady Michelle Obama made a surprise visit to Haiti Tuesday as the country prepares for the rainy season, which begins next month. The US military plans to leave by June 1.
US First Lady Michelle Obama visits a center for displaced children in Port-au-Prince on April 13. Mrs. Obama made a surprise visit to the devastated Haitian capital before continuing to Mexico.
Michelle Obama and Jill Biden arrived in Haiti today on a surprise visit. Mrs. Obama toured the area near Port-au-Prince by helicopter and was scheduled to visit schools under reconstruction, before heading for Mexico.
Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (c.) visits a cholera treatment center run by the Rev. Franklin Graham's relief organization, Samaritan's Purse, in Cabaret, Haiti, on Dec. 11. Ms. Palin arrived in Haiti as part of a brief humanitarian mission in the impoverished nation struggling to overcome postelection violence and a cholera epidemic.
The magnitude 7.2 Mexico earthquake on Sunday, centered in northern Baja California, did not inflict nearly the damage that the 7.0 earthquake did in Haiti. Credit quake-resistant building standards and, perhaps, the distance of population centers from the epicenters.
Sunday's 7.2-magnitude Mexicali earthquake killed only two, despite being stronger than the Jan. 12 Haiti quake that killed more than 200,000 and made 1 million homeless. Why?
The UN's Haiti donor conference resulted in $15 billion in pledges over the short and long term. It is seen as a test of whether such massive rebuilding programs can work.
James Nathanael Boisrand, from Port-au-Prince, Haiti, feeds his friend Salvant Kesner, who is one of the earthquake victims treated on the USNS Comfort after January 12's devastating earthquake. The USNS Comfort, a 1,000-bed floating hospital ship that arrived at Port-au-Prince a little more than a week after the earthquake, allows family members and friends to accompany the patients to assist them during their treatment. Salvant was buried in the rubble of a collapsed building for four days.