- - Monday, July 16, 2012

PORT-AU-PRINCE — About a thousand people in Haiti turned out Sunday to celebrate the 59th birthday of former President Jean-Bertrand Aristide.

The two-time president did not show up at a public event at the foundation named for him but his wife, Mildred, spoke briefly on his behalf.

The former first lady presented a new book of poetry written by Mr. Aristide in Haitian Creole that includes Swahili proverbs. The book is called, “Haiti — Haiti? Philosophical Poetry for Mental Decolonization.”

Mr. Aristide has remained in his compound on the northeastern edge of the capital since he returned last year following a seven-year exile.

The one-time Roman Catholic priest served two separate presidential terms and was ousted both times. He lived in South Africa after a rebellion toppled him in 2004.


Body recovered after landslide hits town

JOHNSONS LANDING, British Columbia — Emergency crews found the body of one of four people missing after a massive landslide crushed several homes in a tiny western town.

British Columbia’s chief coroner Lisa Lapointe said Sunday that a man’s body was recovered near a home swept away by the landslide in the small hamlet of Johnsons Landing.

She said crews will try to recover the three remaining bodies.

At least three homes were crushed when a wall of rock, mud and trees cascaded down the side of a mountain last week.

Two sisters, ages 17 and 22, and their father have been missing since the slide struck on Thursday.

Crews also were searching for a female German tourist who was believed to have been caught in the debris.

Turkey vulture suspect in crashthat grounds prime minister’s jet

OTTAWA — A jet used to ferry Canada’s prime minister and top government officials, as well as the British royal family on visits, was grounded after a mid-air collision possibly with a turkey vulture.

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