Anti-U.N. rioting fueled by cholera fears scaled down in northern Haiti on Wednesday following official calls for calm, but several hundred demonstrators took to the streets of the capital to denounce the government.
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Dominican health officials say they have found the first confirmed case of cholera in the country, which neighbors Haiti.
An outbreak of cholera has killed more than 1,000 people, the Haitian government said Tuesday as it sent top officials to the country's north in hopes of quelling violent protests against U.N. peacekeepers accused of spreading the disease.
Anti-U.N. riots spread to several Haitian cities and towns, as protesters blaming a contingent of Nepalese peacekeepers for an outbreak of cholera that has killed more than 1,000 people exchanged gunfire with U.N. soldiers. Protesters continued to barricade some roads on Tuesday.
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.
Britain announced Thursday the most radical overhaul in decades to its once-generous welfare system, pledging harsh penalties for those who refuse jobs and community work service for the unemployed in return for benefit checks.
Doctors and aid groups were rushing to set up cholera treatment centers across Haiti's capital as officials warn that the disease's spread into the overcrowded city will bring a surge in cases.
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