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Haitians protest U.N. over cholera claim

PORT-AU-PRINCE | Protesters who hold Nepalese U.N. peacekeepers responsible for a deadly outbreak of cholera that has killed 1,000 in three weeks threw stones and threatened to set fire to a base in the country’s second-largest city Monday, Haitian radio and eyewitnesses reported.

The protesters also blame the unit for the death of a Haitian youth at the base in August.

The demonstrations began in Cap-Haitien about 6 a.m. and have paralyzed much of the northern port city, national television reporter Johnny Joseph told the Associated Press by phone.

Demonstrators also are targeting other U.N. bases, and Haitian national police stations in the city, he said. U.N. police spokesman Andre Leclerc said the demonstrators blocked traffic in the area.

Radio Kiskeya and Radio Caraibes reported that U.N. soldiers and Haitian police fired tear gas and projectiles to disperse at least 1,000 protesters at the Nepalese base. Mr. Joseph said at least three people were injured by Haitian police.


Opposition blasts Afghan war extension

OTTAWA | Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s extension of a military mission in Afghanistan beyond a parliamentary-mandated 2011 exit drew fire from opposition parties on Monday.

Ottawa last week announced it would deploy hundreds of military trainers until 2014 to help Afghan security forces take over security in the war-torn nation.

The training mission is supported by Canada’s main opposition Liberals.

But New Democratic Party leader Jack Layton on Monday accused Mr. Harper of “breaking a promise that was made to Canadians [to] bring our troops home in 2011” and seek parliamentary approval to extend the mission.

Canada currently has 2,800 combat troops as part of NATO’s International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan. They are mandated by Parliament to return home next year.


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