Haiti

Officials fear more than 100,000 people have died as a result of a 7.0-magnitude earthquake in Haiti. Among those unaccounted for are more than 150 UN workers who remained missing in Port-au-Prince on Jan. 12, including as many as 100 trapped in the rubble of their headquarters, with the mission's head, Hedi Annabi, feared dead. Global development banks have appealed for an urgent international response to help rebuild Haiti and said they would redirect funding from existing projects to recovery and reconstruction efforts. The World Bank pledged an extra USD 100 million in aid for Haiti and said it was considering setting up a special trust fund to mobilize and coordinate international aid for the country. (WSJ, wires)

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