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In Haiti, UN mission chief confirmed dead

The chief of the UN mission in Haiti, missing since a devastating earthquake flattened the mission’s headquarters in Port-au-Prince, has been confirmed dead.

On Saturday, Hedi Annabi, the Algerian civilian head of the UN mission in Haiti, was found in the rubble, DPA reported.

The bodies of his deputy Luiz Carlos da Costa and Doug Coates, who served as chief of the UN police force in Haiti, were also recovered from the toppled Christopher Hotel, where the mission was headquartered, the UN said.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, who is scheduled to travel to Haiti on Sunday, expressed his deep sorrow.

The magnitude-7.0 earthquake has caused likely the worst losses in the history of UN missions around the world, with 37 staff-members confirmed dead and 300 others still missing.

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