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Japan releases Chinese captain

TOKYO — Japan released a Chinese fishing boat captain today involved in a collision near disputed islands, following intense pressure from China in the worst spat between the Asian neighbors in years.

The move will likely ease the escalating tensions sparked when Japan arrested the captain earlier this month after his trawler collided with two Japanese patrol boats near islands in the East China Sea claimed by both countries.

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao earlier this week sternly threatened "further action" against Japan if it did not immediately release the captain.

Winds cause panic in Haitian tent cities

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — Powerful winds from a freak rainstorm tore down trees, billboards and the tent homes of earthquake survivors in Port-au-Prince on Friday.

The storm passed quickly through the mountain-ringed bowl of the Haitian capital, exposing rubble-filled neighborhoods to no more than a few minutes of wind and rain. But that was enough to provoke panic and chaos, especially in tent and tarp cities still home to more than 1.3 million people more than eight months after the Jan. 12 quake.

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