Par­lia­ment to dis­cuss U.S. ties next week

The Washington Times Daily - - World -

ISLAMABAD | Pak­istan’s par­lia­ment will de­bate new terms of en­gage­ment with the United States next week, a process ex­pected to pave the way for the re­open­ing of NATO and U.S. sup­ply routes into Afghanistan, law­mak­ers and gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials said.

Ties have been frozen since Amer­i­can airstrikes ac­ci­den­tally killed 24 Pak­istani sol­diers at the Afghan bor­der in Novem­ber, com­pli­cat­ing U.S. ef­forts to ne­go­ti­ate an end to the war in neigh­bor­ing Afghanistan be­cause Islamabad’s co­op­er­a­tion in that process is seen as vi­tal in that en­deavor. re­gional cap­i­tal in the Ama­zon basin Wed­nes­day, with at least three peo­ple killed by gun­fire.

Out­num­bered riot po­lice fired tear gas at an es­ti­mated 12,500 min­ers who wielded clubs and rocks and tried to seize strate­gic fa­cil­i­ties in Puerto Mal­don­ado.

The min­ers are fight­ing gov­ern­ment ef­forts to reg­u­late small-scale gold ex­trac­tion, which is rav­aging the rain for­est, con­tam­i­nat­ing it with tons of mer­cury.

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