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Tuesday, January 19th 2010 - 13:57 UTC

For many Port-au-Prince residents, situation is catastrophic says Red Cross

Armed guards and police try to regulate the flow of customers with little success.

“Access to shelter, sanitation, water, food and medical care remains extremely limited,” said Riccardo Conti, the International Committee of the Red Cross, CRC head of delegation in Haiti.

Tuesday, January 19th 2010 - 13:27 UTC

Piñera considers a unity cabinet but faces Congressional hurdle

President Bachelet visits her successor at his home

Sebastián Piñera in his first day as Chilean president-elect anticipated he could include members of the ruling coalition Concertacion in his future cabinet.

Tuesday, January 19th 2010 - 01:57 UTC

Lula da Silva absent from Bolivia’s Morales taking office ceremony

Evo Morales hydrocarbons policies are not well received in Brazil

Brazilian president Lula da Silva will not be participating this week at Bolivia’s Evo Morales taking office ceremony. He will be represented by his foreign affairs advisor Marco Aurelio García, according to Valor Economico, a financial publication from Sao Paulo.

Tuesday, January 19th 2010 - 01:54 UTC

Chile’s Concha y Toro, one of the world’s top ten exporters of wine

Britain is the main market absorbing 30% of Concha and Toro global exports

Chilean wine brand Concha y Toro increased its export volumes by 22% in 2009, according to figures released by the company over the weekend.

Monday, January 18th 2010 - 13:37 UTC

Haiti: Situation less chaotic but magnitude of human lives loss still unknown

An air carrier, choppers and 10.000 US troops to help organize aid distribution (AFP)

Up to 200,000 people are feared dead as a result of the 7.0 magnitude earthquake that has destroyed much of the Haitian capital Port-au-Prince, according to officials. Trucks have been trying to collect the bodies that have been visible on the streets across the city for burial in mass graves outside the capital.

Monday, January 18th 2010 - 11:46 UTC

Conservative Piñera ends 20 years of centre-left rule in Chile

One of the richest men ever to become a Latinamerican president

Chilean billionaire Sebastián Piñera won a landmark victory in Sunday's presidential election, becoming the country’s first conservative leader since the end of the military dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet two decades ago.

Saturday, January 16th 2010 - 16:04 UTC

Mild earthquake strikes coast of Venezuela

According to local seismologists the quake measured 5.4 on the Richter scale

A moderate earthquake measuring struck near the coast of Venezuela Friday, the US Geological Survey said, just three days after massive quake devastated Haiti.

Saturday, January 16th 2010 - 15:58 UTC

NASA satellites image Haiti areas hardest hits by the earthquake

Before and after scenes of Port-au-Prince help with damage assessment

NASA's considerable Earth-observing and data analysis and distribution capabilities have been mobilized to provide information to support disaster recovery efforts in Haiti after the devastating Jan. 12 earthquake.

Saturday, January 16th 2010 - 15:43 UTC

Haiti: World Food Program estimates it must feed one million survivors

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will be travelling to the disaster area

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is appealing to the international community for 550 million US dollar to meet Haitian earthquake victims' most urgent needs. Some three million people have been affected by the quake and Red Cross officials estimate the death toll at 45,000 to 50,000. Right now, the most important priority is to get water, food and tents to the survivors.

Saturday, January 16th 2010 - 15:38 UTC

Chilean team rescue 23 survivors from the rubble of Haiti’s main hotel

The once majestic Hotel Montana

Rescuers dug out 23 survivors out of the rubble of the biggest hotel in Haiti's capital, which collapsed in this week's quake, the head of a Chilean team at the site said Friday.

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