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PORT-AU-PRINCE | Haitian officials said more than 2,000 people have died of cholera since late October.

According to the official count, more than 91,700 people have been sickened by the disease.

Cholera had never been seen in Haiti before the outbreak began along the rural Artibonite River. Due to dire sanitation and systemic health care shortages, it has spread to every region of the country.

Aid workers have tried to bring the epidemic under control, but it continues to rage, especially in rural areas.

The United Nations said last week that the death and infection tolls could be twice as high as officially reported.

Haiti also is recovering from a devastating earthquake on Jan. 12 that killed as many as 250,000 people.


World powers press Iran on nukes

GENEVA | Six world powers held their first talks with Iran in more than a year on Monday, pressing Tehran to focus on the need to defuse fears that its nuclear activities could be harnessed to make weapons.

Delegates from Iran, the U.S., Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany met at a conference center in Geneva, with talks beginning after European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton escorted Saeed Jalili, Iran’s chief negotiator, into the session.

Tehran says it does not want atomic arms and insists its nuclear program is designed only to provide more power for its growing population. Yet as Iran builds up its capacity to make such weapons, neither Israel nor the U.S. has ruled out military action if Tehran fails to heed U.N. Security Council demands that it freeze key nuclear programs.


Nations may pledge carbon limits at talks

CANCUN | More countries are expected this week to pledge specific actions to limit carbon emissions over the next decade, in what would be very good news for arduous negotiations on a climate-change agreement, host country Mexico said.

Newly arrived government ministers began applying political weight Monday to talks being held in Cancun, as the 193-nation U.N. climate conference moves into its decisive final week.

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