Haiti’s ‘Baby Doc’ Duvalier hospitalised

Former Haitian dictator Duvalier wipes sweat from his brow during an appeals court hearing in Port-au-Prince. Photo: Reuters

An attorney for Jean-Claude Duvalier said Monday that his client was hospitalised for an unspecified illness just after the former ruler testified last week in court about alleged human rights abuses and embezzl

Tuesday, 5 March, 2013, 12:41pm

Haiti’s ‘Baby Doc’ answers questions in hearing

Former Haitian Dictator Duvalier listens as his defense council testifies during an appeals court hearing in Port-au-Prince. Photo: Reuters

Former dictator Jean-Claude Duvalier appeared in a Haitian court for the first time Thursday after repeatedly shunning previous summons, answering questions on whether he should be charged with human rights abuses during his brutal 1971-1986 regime.

1 Mar 2013 - 9:37am 1 comment

Haiti’s ‘Baby Doc’ summoned to court after no-show

Exiled former Haitian dictator Jean-Claude "Baby Doc" Duvalier. Photo: Reuters

A Haitian judge on Thursday summoned Jean-Claude Duvalier to appear in court after the former dictator defied an order to attend a hearing to determine whether he should again face charges for human rights abuses committed during the nearly 15 years of his brutal regime.

22 Feb 2013 - 3:02pm

Briefs, January 27, 2013

A boat washed up onto rocks in Queensland. Photo: Reuters

Unidentified attackers blew up Yemen's main oil pipeline, forcing the country to shut down one of its most lucrative sources of income. A government source said production was halted after a device placed under the pipeline exploded. 

27 Jan 2013 - 5:09am

Briefs, December 12, 2012

Cayman Islands' Premier McKeeva Bush. Photo:AP

Mandela responding to treatment for infection

12 Dec 2012 - 5:08am

Hurricane Sandy deals Haiti worst blow to recovery since earthquake

Hurricane Sandy ravaged much of Haiti's agriculture. Photo: NYT

A woman who lost everything now gives her children coffee for meals because it quiets their stomachs a bit. Another despondent mother relives the awful moment when her 18-month-old baby was swept from her arms by a flash food. The bodies of a family of five killed in a mudslide still sit in a morgue unclaimed.

19 Nov 2012 - 3:39am

Zombie prince returns


What's happened? 'Baby Doc' Duvalier has returned to Haiti. He has been before a judge who will decide whether or not to charge him with corruption.


20 Jan 2011 - 12:00am

Pledges of help still buried in the rubble

A year after the catastrophic Haitian earthquake, reconstruction in the impoverished island nation has yet to begin. For everyone who gave generously, for aid agencies like Oxfam which launched a massive emergency response programme, and most importantly for Haitians, this lack of progress is deeply disappointing.

12 Jan 2011 - 12:00am

Renaissance period

As we gear up for Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen's penultimate policy address, political parties have handed in over 1,000 policy recommendations. I don't have a list showing how Tsang should run the government in his remaining 18 months as chief executive. But I do have a message to share with him.

20 Sep 2010 - 12:00am


E-books make reading easier

I agree with the writer of a recent letter that welcomed the arrival of e-books.

E-books reduce storage problems and do not get old and yellow like real books.

3 Mar 2010 - 12:00am

Raise money for Haiti on night out at Zuma

The To Kwa Wan building collapse was tragic, but imagine that happening to the entire street and then you'll get a sense of the enormity of Haiti's earthquake. A group of local professionals has decided to do something by organising a huge fund-raiser tonight at Zuma.

3 Feb 2010 - 12:00am

School quake drive

Pupils at a school in a Ma On Shan are raising money to help survivors of the devastating earthquake that struck Haiti.

Renaissance College's campaign, which runs until February 12, includes charity sales, a fund-raising barbecue and viewings of news videos about the quake to raise awareness among pupils.

1 Feb 2010 - 12:00am


'Do not repeat or let it be said that Haiti is a country cursed in accumulating its disasters. It's wrong. The distressed state of Haitian society is to be explained by a long American blockade in the 19th century, then by an economic domination by Western powers which created the conditions for a dictatorship under which we have suffered a lot.'

24 Jan 2010 - 12:00am

Fat cats' bonuses should go to Haiti

The world is divided by politics, religious ideology, greed and even difference over climate change. But the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami taught that in times of national disaster, differences have to be set aside in the name of compassion. Such a time has come again with the earthquake that has caused so much loss of life, grief and devastation in Haiti.

15 Jan 2010 - 12:00am

There's something fishy about zombies

You've crushed them often enough in video games and watched Buffy the Vampire Slayer take out a few in her series, but do you think zombies could ever really exist?

Well, when someone dies, they stay dead. But it is possible to make people appear as if they are dead, or at least in a deep trance, and this probably gave rise to the stories about living corpses.

30 Jul 2009 - 12:00am