Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Briefs

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Briefs

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WORLD

HAITI

Last Flight Departs; Air Embargo Begins

Haiti's last commercial air link to the world was severed Saturday.

The final regularly scheduled flight, an Air France jet bound for French Guiana, left Port-au-Prince before Monday's deadline. The suspension of service is intended to increase the economic pressure and isolation against the country's military-backed government.

As the deadline approached, plane reservations became a coveted black market item, trading for more than 10 times their face value.

U.S. Embassy officials said they hoped to obtain permission from the military government for charter flights that would carry political refugees to the United States.

Diplomats estimate that about 3,000 Americans, 2,000 Canadians and 1,500 Britons are in the country, most of them residents who remain willingly.

In addition, the U.S. consulate closed its doors as of Friday. U.S. officials said the consulate would no longer grant visas of any type to Haitians and would only be open to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens. N.Y. Times

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UNITED NATIONS

U.S. Signs Amendment To Sea Treaty

The U.S. signing of an amendment to the Law of the Sea treaty sets the stage for a broad ratification of the document, which governs international use of the world's oceans.

Madeleine K. Albright, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, signed the amendment Friday, one day after the U.N. General Assembly approved it. Seven member nations, including Russia, abstained from the U.N. vote, and 56 didn't even cast ballots.

The amendment would impose a market approach on deep seabed mining and eliminate huge annual fees that companies were originally required to pay before commercial mining or exploration could begin.

The amendment also would end mining production controls and requirements that mining companies share their technology with developing nations. …

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