May, 2008

Charity claims aid workers, peacekeepers abuse Haitian children

An independent children’s charity has charged that children in Haiti are among those in conflict-affected countries who are being sexually abused by United Nations (UN) aid workers and peacekeepers. And it says more cases than reported may exist because many victims are too scared to report the exploitation.

Haiti President chooses new PM candidate

Haiti’s President Rene Preval has nominated his long-time adviser and confidante, Robert Manuel, to take up the position of prime minister, two weeks after his first choice for the post was rejected.

Obama vows to reverse key sanctions against Cuba if elected

In a major policy address on U.S.-Latin American relations, the leading Democratic presidential candidate, Senator Barack Obama, pledged to immediately roll back key sanctions imposed by President George W. Bush against Cuba over the last several years and called for a ”new alliance of the Americas” in which Washington’s southern neighbours would no longer be treated ”as a junior partner”.

FEATURE: PMs fight for survival

Stephenson King and Bruce Golding waited years, even decades, to become prime ministers of their respective countries. Now both face the possibility of fresh general elections just months into their terms, although for different reasons.