November 3rd, 2010
05:58 PM ET

Tomas regains strength as it heads toward Haiti

Tomas returned to tropical storm strength late Wednesday afternoon as it ground through the southern Caribbean en route to earthquake-devastated Haiti.

The storm had fallen to tropical depression status just hours earlier, but forecasters anticipated the strengthening and said it might regain hurricane strength.

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October 29th, 2010
11:31 PM ET

One cholera carrier's story

The tragic story of 22-year-old Saint Helene and her 15-month old daughter Cherie shows how quickly cholera spreads from rural to urban areas, with deadly results.

About two weeks ago, Saint Helene visited friends in Artibonite, a city about an hour north of Port Au Prince. When Saint Helene and Cherie headed back to Port-au-Prince a few days later, they felt perfectly fine. What Saint Helene or Cherie could not have known at that time is they were likely carrying the cholera bacteria back to the nation’s capital.

Withing a few days, Saint Helene became suddenly ill. Within a couple hours, she was terribly dehydrated from diarrhea, and began to vomit. A good Samaritan brought mother and her young child to the closest hospital, where Saint Helene began treatment for cholera. She had an IV placed, and was given salts to replace the lost electrolytes. All of this happened within a few hours, relatively speedy, especially given the logistical challenges of Haiti.

And, with that, Saint Helene and Cherie illustrated several important lessons about cholera. Cherie, who was not sick, reminded us the vast majority of patients with the cholera bacteria actually don’t have any illness at all. Also, it was only several days after an exposure before Saint Helene began to feel ill. She was now getting simple, yet effective treatment.


October 28th, 2010
03:24 PM ET

U.N. investigates allegations of cholera source in Haiti

Preliminary tests on a suspected source of the cholera outbreak in Haiti were negative, U.N. peacekeepers said Thursday.

The U.N. mission in Haiti is testing waste and sewage water at the back of a Nepalese military base that is part of the U.N. operations. The first tests showed no signs of cholera, officials said.

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October 25th, 2010
01:29 PM ET

Monday's intriguing people


The ousted commander of U.S. troops in Afghanistan appeared before an audience at the Daily Beast's Innovation Summit on Friday in New Orleans.

The former Army general addressed a range of issues ranging from Wikileaks and civilian deaths in war to Afghanistan and the U.S. relationship with Afghan President Hamid Karzai.

‚ÄúI think it's sad,‚ÄĚ McChrystal said regarding Wikileaks, calling the website's release of classified documents illegal and a "threat to comrades."

“I think that a level of responsibility towards our people needs to be balanced with any argument for a need or right to know. “

McChrystal also spoke about the Afghan people's perception of the U.S. - saying that despite technological strength, the U.S. appeared  "cavalier" in the way it carried out operations that led to civilians being killed.

‚ÄúIt wasn't something that we could simply say, 'War's difficult, people get killed, and you have to accept that ,' ‚ÄĚ he said.¬† "... I don't think we were being cavalier, but their perception was that way.‚ÄĚ


With no team to call home stateside, hoopster Allen Iverson is taking his services overseas, according to published reports.

Sources have told Yahoo! Sports that the onetime all-star signed a two-year, $4 million contract with Besiktas in the Turkish basketball league. He could join the team, one of Turkey's best, before its November 6 game against Bornova, Yahoo! reported.

Seref Yalcin, an executive board member for the team, told the Turkish daily Hurriyet that he planned to have a final face-to-face meeting with Iverson on Friday and that he expected the 35-year-old point guard to arrive in Istanbul in 10 days.

Iverson, also known as "A.I." or "The Answer," spent 14 years in the NBA and racked up an impressive resume. In addition to being named an all-star 10 times, Iverson averaged 27.1 points a game, one of the top averages in NBA history. He also was co-captain and leading scorer for the 2004 U.S. Olympic team.

Iverson's career has been riddled with controversial moments and observers have long said his inability to find work in the NBA may have as much to do with his personality as it does with his age or performance on the court.

October 25th, 2010
12:23 PM ET

Missionaries work to help contain cholera outbreak in Haiti

Missionaries from Tennessee are doing their part to help contain an outbreak of cholera that already has killed more than 250 people in Haiti.

"People are aware now; fears are there, but they don't know enough to understand the dangers," Andrea Brewer said Monday.

Brewer and her husband Mike, missionaries with Reach Haiti, an organization from Tennessee, are holding clinics in Croix des Bouquet, a northern suburb of Port-au-Prince, to try to teach people how to avoid the disease.


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October 25th, 2010
09:55 AM ET

On the Radar: Haiti's cholera outbreak, Chandra Levy

Haiti's cholera outbreak - It should be possible to keep an outbreak of cholera out of Haiti's capital, but the deadly disease remains a major risk, an international aid worker told CNN on Monday.

The fast-moving outbreak of the disease, which can kill a person in hours, has claimed at least 253 lives on the impoverished island nation, which has yet to recover from January's massive earthquake. Another 3,015 cases have been reported, according to Haiti's Health Ministry.

Swimmer dies during race - U.S. Swimming Federation authorities expect to receive the body of Fran Crippen Monday. The star open-water swimmer died Saturday during the last leg of the Marathon Swimming World Cup in the United Arab Emirates.


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October 25th, 2010
07:41 AM ET

Cholera kills more than 250 Haitians

Cholera has killed hundreds and sickened thousands more.

CNN's John Roberts spoke to Jason Erb from the relief group, International Medical Corps, in Saint Marc, Haiti, where a fast-moving outbreak has spread. Many Haitians are still living in sprawling tent cities after January's devastating 7.0-magnitude earthquake.

UN: Cholera cases in Haiti's capital are a 'worrying development'

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October 24th, 2010
06:09 PM ET

UN: Cholera cases in Haiti's capital are a 'worrying development'

The confirmation of five cholera cases in Haiti's capital is a "very worrying development," a U.N. spokeswoman told CNN.

Public health officials are working to keep the country's cholera outbreak from spreading in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, where tens of thousands of people are still living in sprawling tent cities after January's devastating 7.0-magnitude earthquake.

The fast-moving outbreak has claimed at least 253 lives on the impoverished island nation, and another 3,015 cases have been reported, according to Haiti's health ministry.


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October 23rd, 2010
11:23 AM ET

Death toll rises from Haitian cholera outbreak

A fast-moving cholera outbreak in Haiti has claimed at least 194 lives, according to a U.N. spokeswoman.

The country's health ministry is reporting another 2,364 cases from the recent outbreak, said Imogen Wall, spokeswoman for the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

This comes after recent heavy rains caused the banks of the Artibonite River to overflow and flood the area. Dammed in 1956 to create Lac de Peligre, the Artibonite River is Haiti's dominant drainage system.

On Friday, officials with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and the U.S. Agency for International Development discussed the outbreak and efforts to work out a containment strategy.


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October 22nd, 2010
09:46 AM ET

On the Radar: Typhoon Megi, Haiti's Cholera outbreak

Typhoon hits Taiwan - Typhoon Megi advanced Friday in Asia, triggering rock slides that trapped more than 400 people in automobiles in Taiwan, officials said.

A tour bus was stuck on a cliff, with the driver and a passenger suspected still trapped inside, according to the Coast Guard Administration of Taiwan. It was not immediately clear whether they were injured or dead. Another tour bus, with 19 people aboard, was missing.

Soldiers were deployed to rescue those trapped, including about 200 visitors from China, said Cai Min, a spokesman for Taiwan's National Disaster Prevention and Protection Commission. More than two dozen travelers had been rescued by Friday afternoon, officials said.

Megi, which killed at least 11 people in the Philippines, is expected to reach southern China early Saturday, according to the Hong Kong Observatory.

Cholera outbreak in Haiti - A fast-moving cholera outbreak north of the Haitian capital has killed at least 138 people, a U.N. official said Friday.


October 22nd, 2010
09:11 AM ET

Haiti cholera outbreak kills 138, UN says

A fast-moving cholera outbreak north of the Haitian capital has killed at least 138 people, a U.N. official said Friday.

Another 1,526 cases are also part of the outbreak, said Imogen Wall, the U.N. humanitarian spokeswoman in Haiti. All the cases have been reported in the Lower Artibonite region, north of Port-au-Prince, she said.

"This is a situation that's developed very quickly. It's only been 48 hours and we've already got 138 deaths confirmed," Wall told CNN.

She called the situation "a serious development, partially because cholera is a very dangerous disease, and it spreads very fast, but also because it's unusual to Haiti," she said. "There hasn't been an outbreak here in decades."


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August 20th, 2010
09:36 AM ET

On the Radar: Boys' funeral, Wyclef Jean, clairvoyant croc

Ja'Van, left, and Devean Duley will be laid to rest Friday.
Ja'Van, left, and Devean Duley will be laid to rest Friday.

Toddlers to be laid to rest - A funeral will be held for Ja'Van, above, left, and Devean Duley, the 1- and 2-year-olds found dead in the Edisto River near Orangeburg, South Carolina. The boys' mother, Shaquan Duley, 29, is accused of smothering them, putting them into car seats and sinking the car into the river.

"This Just In" editor Mallory Simon and associate producer Sean O'Key are on the ground in Orangeburg. The pair went to the Trumps Inn and took a look at Room 31, where the boys were allegedly killed. Motel manager Renu Patel, a mother herself, told Simon the room hasn't been cleaned since police searched it. Patel and her staff can't bear to go inside, she said.

'Clef for prez? - Hip-hopper Wyclef Jean will learn Friday if he eligible to run for president of Haiti. Jean said even if he is not permitted to run, he will continue to rally Haiti's youth for education reform. On Thursday, President Rene Preval met with Jean to discuss threats made against the entertainer since he declared his candidacy.

Aussies to cast ballots - Pollsters are predicting a dead heat in Saturday's elections to determine the next Australian leader. Prime Minister Julia Gillard of the left-of-center Labor Party told a local television station there is "a very, very real risk" her conservative opponent, Tony Abbott, could win.

Meanwhile, a clairvoyant saltwater crocodile named Harry, who picked Spain to win the World Cup, indicates Gillard will keep her seat.

Mideast peace talks could resume - U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is expected to announce that the Palestinian Authority is prepared to return to the table with Israel. Sources said President Obama could invite both parties to Washington next month. The peace talks have been deadlocked since December 2008 after Israel launched a military offensive against Hamas in Gaza.

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August 18th, 2010
12:28 AM ET

Wyclef Jean's Haiti presidential candidacy in limbo

A decision on who will be eligible to run for president in Haiti has been postponed until Friday, leaving hip hop artist Wyclef Jean and the other presidential hopefuls in limbo, said Berto Dorce, Jean's lawyer.


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August 5th, 2010
07:17 PM ET

Wyclef Jean seeks Haitian presidency

[Update 9:12] Wyclef Jean announced his candidacy for Haiti's presidency Thursday on CNN's "Larry King Live."

[Original post] Hip-hop star Wyclef Jean has resigned as chairman of Yele Haiti, the foundation he started to raise awareness of his homeland, said a statement from the foundation Thursday.

Jean, who was one of the first celebrities to offer aid after the devastating January 12 earthquake, said he will announce his candidacy for Haiti's presidency Thursday on CNN's "Larry King Live."

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August 3rd, 2010
08:35 PM ET

Wyclef Jean to announce run for Haitian presidency

Wyclef Jean will announce exclusively on CNN's "Larry King Live" Thursday night that he intends to run for president of Haiti, a source close to the Haitian recording artist said Tuesday.

Jean has been an outspoken proponent of Haiti through his Yele Foundation and was one of the first celebrities to offer aid after the devastating earthquake there in January. He told CNN late last month that he has filled out the necessary paperwork to make a run at the country's highest office.

Jean, who was born in Haiti, shot to fame in the mid-1990s as a member of The Fugees, a U.S.-based hip-hop and reggae group. He performs now as a solo artist.

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August 3rd, 2010
07:04 PM ET

Source: Wyclef Jean intends to run for president of Haiti

CNN has confirmed that a source close to Wyclef Jean says Jean will announce exclusively on "Larry King Live" Thursday night that he intends to run for president of Haiti.

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July 21st, 2010
05:58 PM ET

IMF cancels Haiti's $268 million debt

The executive board of the International Monetary Fund approved Wednesday the cancellation of Haiti's $268 million debt to the fund.

The board also approved a three-year request by authorities to support Haiti's reconstruction and growth program.

The decisions are part of an effort to support Haiti's longer-term reconstruction plans after the January 12 earthquake, which killed more than 200,000 people and destroyed much of the country's infrastructure.

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May 18th, 2010
03:58 PM ET

American missionary returns from Haiti

Laura Silsby, the American missionary accused of trying to take nearly three dozen children out of Haiti after the devastating January 12 earthquake, returned home to Boise, Idaho, on Tuesday afternoon after being held for nearly four months in a Haitian jail.

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May 18th, 2010
09:42 AM ET

On the Radar: Big primaries, oil spill, Afghan blast

Pennsylvania voters will decide Sen. Arlen Specter's fate in Tuesday's Democratic primary.

Primaries put incumbents on the line - Kentucky, Arkansas and Pennsylvania hold primary elections Tuesday - contests that will put the nation's anti-Washington mood to the test. The races come in the wake of some tough blows to sitting lawmakers: Sen. Bob Bennett, a three-term senator, failed to advance at the Utah GOP convention, and Rep. Alan Mollohan didn't win over fellow Democrats in last week's West Virginia primary. Leaders of both parties agree - it's a tough year for experienced politicians.

CNN's¬†political team will break down the big questions: Has the Tea Party arrived? Is the ‚Äúturn them out‚ÄĚ sentiment for real? Did Sen. Arlen Specter‚Äôs switch to the Democratic Party work? We'll break down the top races and tell you why they matter and keep you updated on what seats will be open for big races come November as part of our coverage of the midterm elections.


May 17th, 2010
04:38 PM ET

American missionary held in Haiti is free, lawyer says

Laura Silsby, the American missionary accused of trying to take nearly three dozen children out of Haiti after the devastating January 12 earthquake, has been freed from jail by a Haitian court, her defense attorney said Monday.

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