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Haiti earthquake: Head of UN, and other key employees, missing

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(Read caption) Residents search for survivors among the debris Wednesday, after an earthquake hit Haiti Tuesday evening in Port-au-Prince.

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The devastating earthquake that struck near Port-au-Prince, Haiti on Tuesday has cost hundreds of Haitian lives, based on reports so far, and destroyed thousands of homes and much of the basic infrastructure of the capital city. But it may also have killed some of the most experienced aid workers in the impoverished country, which could slow assistance efforts in the days ahead.

Speaking late Wednesday morning, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said the organization's chief representative in Haiti, H├ędi Annabi, and Mr. Annabi's deputy Luiz Carlos da Costa remain unaccounted for since the UN headquarters at the Christopher Hotel were destroyed yesterday. France's Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner said Annabi had been killed, but the UN said that has not been confirmed.

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