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Donor Nations Pledge $750 Million for Haiti


International donors have pledged $750 million over the next year to help Haiti revive its economy and make vital repairs to infrastructure.

The funds were pledged Tuesday at the end of a donor conference in the capital, Port-au-Prince. Delegates included representatives from the United States, European Union and Inter-American Development Bank. President Rene Preval's government had asked for $540 million as part of a $7 billion package of aid his administration says it needs for long-term development projects.

Haitian leaders say building roads, revitalizing infrastructure, and boosting education and health care services are their priority.

Haiti's economic problems continue and living standards remain low, more than two years after a revolt led to the ouster of then-President Jean-Bertrand Aristide.

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