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UN Troops, Gangs Clash in Haitian Slum


U.N. troops have exchanged gunfire with gang members in Haiti's largest slum in the first such confrontation in weeks.

U.N. officials late Thursday said the trouble happened Wednesday, in the Cite Soleil slum after gunmen shot at the peacekeepers. Officials could not confirm reports of casualties but said no peacekeepers were injured. Cite Soleil was a focal point of violence following the February 2004 ouster of President Jean-Bertrand Aristide.

Also this week, Haiti's Parliament approved a new Cabinet in a vote that formally confirms President Rene Preval's choice for prime minister, Jacques Edouard Alexis.

President Preval was sworn in last month after winning elections in February.

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