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Published:Tuesday | July 29, 2014 | 12:00 AM


Cholera vaccination campaign


Haiti is set to vaccinate 200,000 people against cholera starting in August, with support from the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO).

The campaign will be carried out in three areas chosen by Haiti's Ministry of Public Health and Population because they are considered high-risk zones.

US: 'Threats' behind release of Venezuela general

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP):

United States officials said yesterday that they believe Venezuela used "threats" against Aruba to pressure it to release a powerful former general who is wanted by the United States for alleged drug trafficking.

"We are disturbed by credible reports that have come to us indicating the Venezuelan government threatened the governments of Aruba, The Netherlands, and others" to obtain the release of former military intelligence chief Hugo Carvajal, said a statement from US State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki.

"This is not the way law enforcement matters should be handled."

The State Department did not elaborate on the nature of the threats it believes were used.

Carvajal returned to a hero's welcome in Venezuela late Sunday shortly after he was freed from custody in Aruba, a Dutch Caribbean territory that is 15 miles off the coast of the South American country.