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Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, not yet a chair: Calls for action in Haiti, gets an apology from Israeli Prime Minister

Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen -- scheduled to be named chair of the House Foreign Affairs committee as soon as today -- is decrying the election tumult in Haiti and calling for corrective action.

The reports of "serious irregularities," she said, "must be investigated immediately and steps taken to correct this wrong perpetrated against the democratic aspirations of the Haitian people.

"Going forward, I urge all parties to exercise calm. Violence must be avoided.  All parties and officials must work together to ensure that all necessary steps are taken so that the Haitian people can be confident in a fair and accurate result which reflects their will."

And from the missed-while-on-vacation department: from Haaretz: "Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu apologized to a Republican congresswoman two weeks ago for having praised Fidel Castro after the former Cuban leader made positive remarks about Israel.

"In a September interview with The Atlantic reporter Jeffrey Goldberg, Castro defended Israel and Jews and criticized Iran, leading to praise from Netanyahu and a friendly letter from President Shimon Peres."