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Exiled former Haitian president Jean-Bertrand Aristide says he's ready to provide aid for Haiti and rejoin his people.

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Once the champion of Haiti's poor, Aristide's return raises concernupdated: Fri Mar 18 2011 18:09:00

On a tarmac seven years ago in the Central African Republic, exiled Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide invoked the name of Toussaint L'Ouverture, the slave general who led the Haitian revolution.

After 7 years in exile, Aristide returns to Haitiupdated: Fri Mar 18 2011 13:31:00

Snubbing the United States, former Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide returned home from exile Friday, just ahead of a critical runoff election.

Lawyer: Aristide returning to Haitiupdated: Fri Mar 18 2011 09:17:00

After seven years in exile, former Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide will be back in his homeland Friday, two days ahead of a highly anticipated election, his U.S. attorney said.

Aristide's lawyer dismisses State Department warningupdated: Mon Mar 14 2011 18:06:00

A lawyer for former Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide scoffed Monday at a U.S. government warning that his client's planned return to Haiti from South Africa could disrupt elections scheduled for Sunday.

Aristide to end exile and return to Haiti before vote, lawyer saysupdated: Sun Mar 13 2011 09:33:00

Former Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide will end his exile and return to Haiti within the next week or so, ahead of the country's elections, his lawyer told CNN Saturday.

Aristide lawyer wants Haiti to quicken client's returnupdated: Sun Feb 20 2011 06:00:00

A lawyer for Jean-Bertrand Aristide, the former Haitian leader living in exile in South Africa, on Saturday pressed the government his client once led to show it is actively taking steps to bring him home.

New passport for Haiti's Aristide moves him step closer to homeupdated: Thu Feb 10 2011 06:39:00

Jean-Bertrand Aristide, Haiti's first democratically elected president, who has been living in exile in South Africa for seven years, has been issued a new passport to return home, the Haitian interior minister said Wednesday.

Swiss law takes effect, blocks Duvalier's assetsupdated: Tue Feb 01 2011 16:28:00

A Swiss law that took effect Tuesday blocked millions of dollars held in bank accounts belonging to former Haitian dictator Jean-Claude "Baby Doc" Duvalier, who made a stunning return to his homeland last month.

Haiti: 2 former leaders; 1 troubled landupdated: Thu Jan 20 2011 15:43:00

On the heels of an exiled despot's arrival in Port-au-Prince, former Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide says he is ready to return to help his troubled homeland, an idea welcomed by some and reviled by others who fear a deepening crisis.

'Baby Doc' charged in Haiti courtupdated: Thu Jan 20 2011 15:43:00

Haiti's former leader was charged with several crimes but it's not clear what those charges are. John Zarrella reports.

A nightmare returns to Haitiupdated: Wed Jan 19 2011 12:33:00

The return to Haiti this week of Jean-Claude Duvalier, the scion of a family dictatorship that misruled that Caribbean nation for 29 years, is a sharp reminder of how impunity remains a significant stumbling block as Haitians try to construct a more just and equitable society.

Recalling abuses of Duvalier regimeupdated: Wed Jan 19 2011 12:33:00

Boby Duval, who was imprisoned in Haiti under "Baby Doc" Duvalier's dictatorship, shares his story with Anderson Cooper.

Quake sets Haiti back years, experts sayupdated: Tue Jan 19 2010 22:26:00

Already hamstrung by generations of poverty, environmental catastrophe and strongman rule, Haiti will need years to recover from the devastation inflicted by last week's earthquake, according to U.S. and Canadian analysts.

U.S. choppers bring aidupdated: Tue Jan 19 2010 22:26:00

U.S. Marine helicopters land outside Haiti's presidential palace with supplies.

Exiled Haiti president 'ready to return'updated: Fri Jan 15 2010 19:20:00

Exiled Haitian president Jean-Bertrand Aristide has announced that he is ready to return home to help rebuild his earthquake-shattered country.

Intriguing people for January 15, 2010updated: Fri Jan 15 2010 09:01:00

Jean-Bertrand Aristide The former Haitian president, exiled in South Africa since 2004, said Friday that he is ready to return to his native country. The Telegraph reports that Aristide called reporters to a hotel near Johannesburg's international airport and said, "As far as we are concerned, we are ready to leave today, tomorrow, at any time to join the people of Haiti, to share in their suffering, help rebuild the country, moving from misery to poverty with dignity."

Haitian strongman convicted of mortgage fraud in U.S.updated: Tue Jul 29 2008 07:52:00

A man once convicted of heading up a ruthless Haitian death squad that is blamed for raping and killing political rivals has been convicted of carrying out a mortgage fraud scheme in the United States. Haitian Ex-Strongman Guilty of Fraudupdated: Fri Jul 25 2008 14:00:00

A once-feared Haitian paramilitary leader has been convicted in a New York mortgage fraud scheme to cheat lenders out of $1.7 million Food Riots Lead to Haitian Meltdownupdated: Mon Apr 14 2008 12:00:00

The street demonstrations that swept through Port-au-Prince have in turn swept out a government. But what is there to take its place?

Haiti food protestsupdated: Tue Apr 08 2008 22:14:00

Haitians protest outside the presidential palace over soaring food prices.

Aristide plans return to Haiti, but no political postupdated: Wed Feb 22 2006 13:06:00

Former Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide, ousted from power in 2004 and living in South Africa, said Tuesday he wants to return to Haiti as soon as possible -- but would not take any political post.

Preval declared winner of Haiti voteupdated: Thu Feb 16 2006 14:57:00

Crowds of supporters celebrated in the streets of Haiti's capital Thursday after the country's electoral council declared former President Rene Preval the winner of last week's presidential election.

Preval may face Haiti runoffupdated: Mon Feb 13 2006 02:06:00

Thousands of Haitians took to the streets of Port au-Prince for a second day of protests Sunday over electoral results that showed former President Rene Preval falling just short of the margin needed to avoid a runoff after last week's presidential vote.

Former president favored in Haiti voteupdated: Tue Feb 07 2006 07:48:00

Under the close watch of thousands of police and U.N. peacekeepers, Haitians flocked to -- and at times, overwhelmed -- polling places to cast ballots for the first time in six years for president and members of parliament.

Haiti elections postponed againupdated: Fri Nov 25 2005 12:47:00

Haiti's electoral board on Friday again postponed the country's first elections since President Jean-Bertrand Aristide was ousted in a rebellion almost two years ago.

350 inmates escape Haitian prisonupdated: Sat Feb 19 2005 20:59:00

More than 350 detainees escaped from Haiti's largest prison Saturday afternoon, after armed masked men in two vans broke through barricades and attacked the facility, according to police and eyewitness reports.

Shots fired as Powell visits Haiti palaceupdated: Wed Dec 01 2004 12:00:00

Gunshots were exchanged Wednesday outside Haiti's presidential palace in Port-au-Prince as U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell held meetings there, U.S. State Department officials said.

Amnesty condemns Haiti's human rights failuresupdated: Thu Nov 11 2004 16:09:00

Rights group Amnesty International on Thursday condemned what it said were summary executions by police, serious human rights abuses and an alarming number of illegal detentions in Haiti.

Aristide starts exile in S. Africaupdated: Mon May 31 2004 08:21:00

Former Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide has arrived in South Africa to a red-carpet welcome, greeted by the country's President Thabo Mbeki and diplomatic representatives of several other African nations.

Aristide promises return to Haitiupdated: Sun May 30 2004 10:57:00

South Africa's main opposition party has called the decision to grant Haiti's ousted President Jean-Bertrand Aristide temporary asylum a "mistake" and questioned the cost to South African taxpayers.

Former Haiti police chief arrestedupdated: Sun May 16 2004 02:48:00

U.S. federal agents have arrested Haiti's former national police chief in Miami, as part of the Drug Enforcement Administration's ongoing investigation into drug trafficking in the Caribbean nation, according to a DEA spokesman and court documents.

S.Africa to accept exiled Aristideupdated: Thu May 13 2004 07:44:00

Deposed Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide has been given permission to stay in South Africa until the situation in his own volatile country returns to stability.

Partial justice in Haitiupdated: Wed Apr 14 2004 12:52:00

Haiti's new government has underscored its commitment to justice. "The fight against impunity will be a top priority for us," said interim Justice Minister Bernard Gousse when I met him a few weeks ago. "We're planning to investigate human rights abuses, killings, and the pilfering of the state treasury."

Prime minister: Haitians will vote next yearupdated: Mon Apr 05 2004 19:01:00

After a meeting with U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell, the leader of Haiti's interim government said Monday that general elections will be held next year to set up a new democracy.

Haiti after Aristideupdated: Thu Mar 25 2004 11:12:00

U.S. Ambassador James Foley on Monday passed the word to Provisional Prime Minister Gerard LaTortue that his superiors in the Bush administration were not happy about language used by the head of Haiti's new government. LaTortue refers to his country's rebels as "freedom fighters."

Haiti recalls envoy as Aristide arrives in Jamaicaupdated: Mon Mar 15 2004 13:09:00

Haiti's interim government Monday recalled its ambassador to Jamaica, shortly before ousted Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide arrived there, the Haitian prime minister's office said.

The lobbying war for Haitiupdated: Mon Mar 15 2004 11:50:00

Haiti is the Western Hemisphere's poorest country. But with the departure of President Jean-Bertrand Aristide, it is becoming clear how much money both he and his chief foe, the Bush Administration, spent not on alleviating that poverty but on politicking against each other.

Aristide heads to Jamaicaupdated: Mon Mar 15 2004 05:36:00

Former Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide left the Central African Republic early Monday, presumably for Jamaica.

Aristide's alliesupdated: Thu Mar 11 2004 16:26:00

When Sen. John Kerry was interviewed on foreign policy in Houston last Friday by New York Times reporters, he made news by declaring that as president he "would have been prepared to send troops immediately" to save Jean-Bertrand Aristide as president of Haiti.

Aristide heading for Jamaica updated: Thu Mar 11 2004 16:23:00

Former Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide is to travel to Jamaica early next week, Jamaican Prime Minister P.J. Patterson has said.

New Haiti PM: Top priority to restore orderupdated: Wed Mar 10 2004 16:35:00

Haiti's newly designated prime minister said Wednesday that the nation's army was disbanded unconstitutionally by now-exiled President Jean-Bertrand Aristide, and he will appoint a commission to examine its re-establishment.

New Haiti PM 'not picked by U.S.'updated: Tue Mar 09 2004 13:27:00

Haiti's new prime minister, Gerard Latortue, says he was not picked by the United States to run the embattled nation.

Aristide's guest privileges pared in exileupdated: Sat Mar 06 2004 01:16:00

Ousted Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide remained for a fourth day Friday in a gilded cage in this dilapidated capital city, unable to communicate with the outside world, his spokesman said in a telephone interview from Paris.

Haiti: The past is a prologueupdated: Wed Mar 03 2004 16:10:00

Jean-Bertrand Aristide, president of Haiti until Sunday, has ceded power. Pressed to resign by the U.S. and French governments, and facing a threatened rebel assault on Port-au-Prince, Aristide was flown out of the country early Sunday morning.

Rebel leader threatens Haiti PMupdated: Wed Mar 03 2004 14:43:00

Supporters of Haitian rebel leader Guy Philippe burned paintings from the country's former army headquarters as Philippe declared himself the country's new police chief and threatened to arrest Prime Minister Yvon Neptune.

State of emergency declared in Haitiupdated: Wed Mar 03 2004 02:32:00

Political turmoil continued in Haiti late Wednesday as Prime Minister Yvon Neptune declared a state of emergency and announced the formation of a commission to oversee security in the turbulent nation.

Haiti rebels threaten more strifeupdated: Tue Mar 02 2004 09:16:00

Supporters of Haitian rebel leader Guy Philippe burned paintings from the country's former army headquarters Tuesday as Philippe declared himself the country's new police chief and threatened to arrest Prime Minister Yvon Neptune.

Aristide says U.S. deposed him in 'coup d'etat'updated: Tue Mar 02 2004 01:41:00

Ousted President Jean-Bertrand Aristide says he was forced out of Haiti in a "real coup d'etat" led by the United States, in what he called a "modern way to have a modern kidnapping."

Aristide's exitupdated: Mon Mar 01 2004 16:38:00

From the Wolf Blitzer Reports staff in Washington:

Powell: Marines to help restore stability in Haitiupdated: Mon Mar 01 2004 08:19:00

As part of a U.N. multinational peacekeeping force, U.S. Marines are helping secure the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince on Monday, a day after President Jean-Bertrand Aristide's resignation and departure.

Rebels enter police headquarters in Haitian capitalupdated: Mon Mar 01 2004 01:10:00

Greeted by hundreds of cheering supporters, heavily armed Haitian rebels drove into Port-au-Prince on Monday, entering the headquarters of the national police, the stronghold of supporters of former President Jean-Bertrand Aristide.

Aristide: 'I call it a coup d'etat'updated: Sun Feb 29 2004 19:47:00

Hundreds of U.S. Marines are in Haiti securing key points in the capital, Port-au-Prince, after President Jean-Bertrand Aristide resigned and fled the country.

Aristide's resignation letterupdated: Sun Feb 29 2004 19:18:00

A source provided CNN with this translation of former Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide's letter of resignation:

Dems slam White House on Haiti policyupdated: Sun Feb 29 2004 11:41:00

Democratic Rep. Charles Rangel of New York said Sunday the United States is just as responsible for President Jean-Bertrand Aristide's ouster as the rebels who forced him from office.

U.N. to send peacekeepers to Haitiupdated: Sun Feb 29 2004 07:18:00

The U.N. Security Council voted unanimously Sunday night to send a multinational peacekeeping force to Haiti for up to three months.

Newman: 'Anarchic' scene in Haitian capitalupdated: Sat Feb 28 2004 12:05:00

Port-au-Prince is in chaos as armed rebels, demanding the resignation of President Jean-Bertrand Aristide, claim they have surrounded the capital. As armed thugs roam the streets, Aristide remains in the city and insists he will not step down.

U.S. accuses Aristide of orchestrating violenceupdated: Sat Feb 28 2004 08:38:00

The White House accused Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide of orchestrating the violence that has gripped the capital, Port-au-Prince, for days.

Powell to Aristide: Do what's best for Haitian peopleupdated: Fri Feb 27 2004 06:26:00

As rebel-fueled turmoil continues to wrack Haiti, U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell is calling upon embattled President Jean-Bertrand Aristide to do what's best for his people.

Anarchy grips Haitian capitalupdated: Fri Feb 27 2004 04:02:00

With rebels claiming to have surrounded the Haitian capital -- where President Jean-Bertrand Aristide was holed up and vowing to stay -- armed gangs have taken to the streets, leaving deaths, looting and fires in their wake.

Aristide: Haitian killers like those of 9/11updated: Thu Feb 26 2004 17:41:00

While the Caribbean Community warned of that a humanitarian crisis and "sheer anarchy and chaos" are imminent in Haiti, embattled Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide vowed to remain in office amid a growing revolt and calls for him to step down.

Boat people fleeing Haitian crisisupdated: Thu Feb 26 2004 03:47:00

The United Nations Security Council is to hold an urgent meeting to discuss the turmoil in Haiti as the U.S. Coast Guard begins intercepting refugee boats.

Caribbean states call for U.N. force in Haitiupdated: Thu Feb 26 2004 02:18:00

Caribbean countries called on the United Nations Thursday to dispatch a multinational force to restore order in Haiti, with Jamaica's foreign minister warning that a humanitarian crisis and "sheer anarchy and chaos" are imminent.

Haiti leaders delay peace responseupdated: Tue Feb 24 2004 18:17:00

Opposition leaders in Haiti have delayed a decision on whether to back a U.S.-supported peace plan for Haiti, and are to meet Wednesday to draw up a counterproposal.

U.S. Marines arrive in Haitiupdated: Mon Feb 23 2004 09:57:00

A team of 50 Marines arrived in the Haitian capital Monday to help protect the U.S. Embassy and its staff against possible rebel attack.

Rebels attack Haiti's second-largest cityupdated: Sun Feb 22 2004 00:31:00

Haiti's government sent reinforcements to Cap Haitien after rebels seeking to oust President Jean-Bertrand Aristide moved into the country's second-largest city Sunday, storming police headquarters and freeing prisoners.

Aristide agrees to international peace planupdated: Sat Feb 21 2004 03:44:00

President Jean-Bertrand Aristide said Saturday that he has accepted all conditions of a peace plan presented to him by an international delegation, but opposition leaders appeared unwavering in their refusal to go along with any such deal.

White House 'actively engaged' in Haiti peace effortsupdated: Fri Feb 20 2004 14:08:00

The White House said Friday it is "actively engaged" in the effort to peacefully resolve the political crisis in Haiti and called on President Jean-Bertrand Aristide to honor past commitments to give opposition movements a greater voice in the government.

Diplomats head to Haiti, aiming to end uprisingupdated: Fri Feb 20 2004 01:45:00

A multinational team including delegates from the United States, France and other governments is expected Saturday in Haiti in an effort to end a bloody rebellion against President Jean-Bertrand Aristide.

Multinational team will go to Haitiupdated: Thu Feb 19 2004 13:42:00

A multinational team will travel to Haiti Saturday to discuss a plan to calm the turbulence there, a senior State Department official announced Thursday as Americans were urged to leave Haiti as soon as possible.

Haitian city surrounded by rebelsupdated: Wed Feb 18 2004 05:29:00

Police and armed supporters of embattled Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide manned barricades in Cap Haitien Wednesday, fearing rebels who have taken over other towns were headed their way.

50 dead as Haiti crisis growsupdated: Tue Feb 17 2004 14:08:00

An uprising in Haiti has intensified with rebels killing the police chief and two of his bodyguards in the town of Hinche before driving the rest of the police force from the town, local radio reports said.

Concern mounts over Haiti bloodshedupdated: Tue Feb 17 2004 02:01:00

International concern is growing about a rebel bid in Haiti to oust President Jean-Bertrand Aristide that has left more than 50 people dead.

Americans warned against travel to Haitiupdated: Mon Feb 09 2004 20:27:00

With Haiti wracked by civil unrest, the United States urged Americans Tuesday to leave the country "if they can do so safely."

Reports: Haitian police take port city from rebelsupdated: Mon Feb 09 2004 16:31:00

Police regained control of the port city of St. Marc, one of at least six towns seized by armed opponents of President Jean-Bertrand Aristide, witnesses and wire service reports said late Monday.

Aristide opposition takes over Haitian cityupdated: Wed Feb 04 2004 21:11:00

At least five people were killed and 20 wounded when a group opposed to Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide took over one of the country's largest cities Thursday, an opposition leader said.

Aristide announces framework for Haiti talksupdated: Sun Feb 01 2004 09:26:00

Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide returned to Port-au-Prince Saturday night after a daylong meeting with international leaders in an effort to resolve Haiti's latest political crisis.

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