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Foreign Aid For New Orleans?

Shortfalls in promised aid from Washington to rebuild New Orleans have led Mayor Ray Nagin to consider asking for help from abroad.

"Nagin, who has hosted a steady stream of foreign dignitaries since Hurricane Katrina hit in late August, says he may seek international assistance because U.S. aid has not been sufficient to get the city back on its feet."

"'I know we had a little disappointment earlier with some signals we're getting from Washington but the international community may be able to fill the gap,' Nagin said when a delegation of French government and business officials passed through on Friday to explore potential business partnerships.

"Jordan's King Abdullah also visited New Orleans on Friday and Nagin said he would encourage foreign interests to help redevelop some of the areas hardest hit by the storm."

Full Story: Mayor: New Orleans Will Seek Aid from Other Nations

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