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Palin ends two-day trip to Haiti

Former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin became the latest high-profile personality to tour Haiti on Sunday as she encouraged Americans to keep in mind the quake-battered country.

``I do urge Americans not to forget Haiti,'' Palin told reporters at a religious relief group's compound north of Port-au-Prince, the capital city.

Palin delivered her remarks -- and declined to take reporters' questions -- at a 15-minute news conference Sunday as she wrapped up a two-day visit in Haiti.

She and her husband Todd and daughter Bristol went to see relief work led by Rev. Franklin Graham, head of the nonprofit Samaritan's Purse and son of evangelist Billy Graham.

The devastating January earthquake that killed up to 300,000 people in Haiti was followed by a second crisis -- a cholera epidemic that has so far claimed more than 2,000 lives and infected more than 96,000 others since mid-October.

Efforts to contain the outbreak were hampered last week when the capital was rocked by two full days of unrest tied to the Nov. 28 presidential elections that opposition candidates said were marred with ``massive fraud'' and other irregularities.

Police say at least two people were killed in the violence.

In Miami on Sunday night, protesters in Little Haiti spilled into the streets to voice outrage over the Haiti election.

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