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Jan. 19 - Awe-inspiring stories of survival have surfaced following the devastating 7.0 earthquake that hit Haiti Jan. 12. On Jan. 18, an eight-year-old boy and 10-year-old girl were pulled from the debris of a two-story building in Port-au-Prince. On the same day, two female students were saved from the rubble of a Port-au-Prince university. On Jan. 19, a Haitian was rescued from under a three-story Port-au-Prince supermarket, where he reportedly ate peanut butter and jelly to survive. Currently, international organizations such as Save the Children, Doctors without Borders and the Red Cross are providing nourishment, medical care and other forms of relief. The death toll to date has reached over 150,000 in Port-au-Prince, according to a Haitian government minister.
Jan. 26 - Thirty-two members of the French National Assembly recommended a partial ban on full-facial veils in several public places, including schools, hospitals and in mass transit vehicles. Veils include the burqa and niqab, which is a full veil worn by some Muslim women that only shows the eyes of the wearer. The proposal was issued after six months of deliberation, which included soliciting feedback from a diverse pool of 200 French citizens. A full ban was not suggested because legislators could not agree on this resolution; a full ban would also be challenged in many European courts. Parliament will vote on the resolution after the March regional elections in France.
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