In Haiti, the survivors of the magnitude 7.0 earthquake that struck about two and a half months ago continue to struggle, with a few signs of hope as international assistance is beginning to make measurable progress, some international debt is being forgiven, and some businesses and institutions start to come back to life. In a country still mourning the loss of a now-estimated 230,000 citizens (on par with the 2004 Indian Ocean quake), over one million people remain housed in makeshift tent cities, uncertain about their future or security. According to a recent draft summary of the Haitian government’s damage and needs assessment, the country will need $11.5 billion to rebuild. Collected here are a handful of recent photographs from Haiti, a country still in need. (40 photos total)
A boy looks at the ruins of his Fort National neighborhood in Port-au-Prince March 4, 2010. (REUTERS/Matthew Bigg) #
German car giant Daimler has been accused of systematically paying bribes worth tens of millions of dollars over the course of a decade. The US Justice Department has filed papers with a federal court in Washington D.C. alleging that between 1998 and 2008 the company paid bribes to foreign officials in 22 countries in order to secure contracts worth hundreds of millions of dollars.
According to Agence France Presse, the company is willing to pay $180 million (€135 million) to settle the case. “There is no (official legal) settlement yet,” a source told the news agency. “That is what the judge is going to decide on April 1″ at a hearing.
The police have issued a warning for harassment against an airport worker after he allegedly took a photo of a female colleague as she went through a full-body scanner at Heathrow airport.
Wow, what a surprise! I don’t think anybody saw that coming!
“Following months of small Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement leaks, the full consolidated ACTA text has now been posted online. The consolidated text provides a clear indication of how the negotiations have altered earlier proposals (see this post for links to the early leaks) as well as the first look at several other ACTA elements. For example, last spring it was revealed that several countries had proposed including a de minimus provision to counter fears that the border measures chapter would lead to iPod searching border guards. The leak shows there are four proposals on the table.”
(in case it disappears again, I’m hosting a mirror on my own server)