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Billions pledged to rebuild Haiti

UNITED NATIONS — Countries and international organizations pledged nearly $10 billion on Wednesday to rebuild Haiti after January's devastating earthquake, going far beyond the government' s expectations and providing new hope to the impoverished nation.

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced that nearly 50 donors pledged $9.9 billion "for the next three years and beyond," demonstrating that the international community had come together "dramatically and in solidarity with the Haitian people" to help them recover from the quake.

The U.N. chief said the $9.9 billion includes pledges of $5.3 billion from governments and international partners for the first 24 months of reconstruction.

Mexican drug lord's nephew captured

VILLAHERMOSA, Mexico — The nephew of one of Mexico's most-wanted drug suspects was captured together with the police chief of a key port town accused of protecting a notorious cartel, authorities say.

Federal police detained Roberto Rivero Arana, who identified himself as the nephew of reputed Zetas gang leader Heriberto Lazcano, in the Gulf coast state of Tabasco after three months of intelligence work, the Attorney General's Office said in a statement issued late Tuesday.

He was detained along with Daniel Perez, the acting police chief of Ciudad del Carmen, an oil hub in neighboring Campeche state. The statement alleged Perez received $16,000 a month for protecting the Zetas.

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