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President Calls for International Effort in Haiti

President Barack Obama says the earthquake disaster in Haiti reminds him “of the common humanity that we all share.” While promising an all out rescue and humanitarian effort from the U.S., the president called on all nations to join in helping stricken Haitians. Obama has named the chief of the U.S. Agency for International Development to manage what the White House called, “an aggressive and highly coordinated relief effort.” The president says one of the government's top priorities is to quickly locate U.S. Embassy employees and their families, as well as all other American citizens living and working in Haiti. He encouraged Americans who want to help to go to the White House web site to find options for contributing to the aid effort. (Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)