- - Wednesday, August 18, 2010


5 percent tariff levied on U.S. pork

MEXICO CITY | Mexico slapped tariffs on U.S. pork products Wednesday, ratcheting up the pressure on the United States over a long-running dispute over Mexican truckers’ access to U.S. highways.

Mexico published an updated list of U.S. products subject to tariffs, including a 5 percent tax on ham and other pork products.

The government of President Felipe Calderon was infuriated last year when U.S. lawmakers voted to cancel funding for a pilot program begun under President George W. Bush allowing long-haul Mexican trucks to circulate in the United States.

Under the 1994 North American Free Trade Agreement, the U.S. agreed to open its market to Mexican trucks.

Mexico said the United States was not living up to its end of the deal and retaliated by imposing duties on a long list of U.S. exports, including fruit, vegetables and industrial goods.


Judges order probe of prosecutors

THE HAGUE | Yugoslav war-crimes judges have ordered an independent investigation into charges the U.N. court’s prosecutors intimidated witnesses through threats, sleep deprivation and other tactics, a spokesman said Wednesday.

The probe was ordered following claims of intimidation by witnesses testifying in the trial of ultranationalist Serb politician Vojislav Seselj, spokesman Christian Chartier said.

Mr. Seselj is accused of inciting atrocities by Serbian paramilitaries during the Balkan wars in the early 1990s, which he denies. He has vowed to turn his trial into a circus.

Mr. Seselj sent judges statements in which witnesses, whose names were not released, claim “sleep deprivation during interviews, psychological pressuring, an instance of blackmail … threats, or even illegal payments of money,” according to the decision.


Court revokes parole for American activist

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