Looting and killings were reported in the Haitian capital, Port-au-Prince, on Friday as loyalists of President Jean-Bertrand Aristide manned barricades and vowed to beat back an expected rebel assault. Banks and most other businesses were shuttered and there was virtually no traffic in the city centre.
The big guns over Basra have at last fallen silent. For almost three weeks now every night has been punctuated by the deafening crack of British shells over the city. But on Sunday night not a single volley was fired.