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Deja vu as vets delay vote on lifting beef ban.

BRUSSELS: European Union veterinary experts have delayed for a second time a vote on whether to lift a global ban on British beef exports.

They want more time to consider the EU Commission's recommendation to resume exports of British beef from cattle born after August 1, 1996, said EU spokesman Mr Gerard Kiely.

The committee will meet again on Tuesday and Wednesday, but it is unclear whether it will be able to take a decision then, said an official.

The vote was initially scheduled for last Friday but was delayed until this week. If there is no majority among the veterinary experts, the proposal to lift the export ban goes to EU agriculture ministers.

Nuclear sanctions

WASHINGTON: The United States said yesterday that sanctions against nuclear rivals India and Pakistan would apply to private bank lending to the two governments, some credits and guarantees and military sales.

The announcement clarified the scope of US sanctions in response to nuclear testing last month by the two countries which have raised concerns about a arms race in South Asia.

"The path down which India and Pakistan have started to move with these tests is a dead end and no one else should follow down that path," US Deputy Secretary of State Strobe Talbott said.

Ortega U-turn

MANAGUA: Charges accusing former Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega of sexually abusing his stepdaughter can not proceed unless the National Assembly strips the Sandinista leader of parliamentary immunity, a court ruled yesterday.

Judge Martha Quezada reversed an earlier decision allowing the case, brought by Ortega's stepdaughter Zoilamerica Narvaez, to proceed on its merits after Ortega appeared in court.

Stones call off concert

BILBAO: The Rolling Stones have cancelled their concert in the Basque city because lead singer Mick Jagger is still suffering from laryngitis.

The concert was due to be part of this year's celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Spanish city's soccer club, Athletico Bilbao. About 40,000 seats were sold.

Cave claims fourth victim

BEIJING: The second of two teenage girls rescued after 42 days lost in a cave in south-west China has died.

Li Qingzhu, aged 16, died of heart failure two days after the death of her 19-year-old schoolmate, Liang Xiaofei.

The girls and two other friends entered the cave on an outing May 2 without informing anyone. They got lost when their candles went out.

The other two died of starvation.

Pigeon-holed

CAPE TOWN: South African police shot down a plot to smuggle diamonds via carrier pigeon, killing the bird as it rested while transporting the uncut gems.

They found six packets of uncut diamonds valued at pounds 7,000 taped to its body.

ps Post Script

ASHEBORO, North Carolina: A new study has found that giraffes, long thought to be silent creatures, are babbling away at an infrasonic level inaudible to humans.

Sensors can pick up the sounds when giraffes throw back their necks. Researchers recorded hours of giraffe conversations at Riverbanks Zoo and North Carolina Zoological Park.
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