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HAITI

Clinton: No plans to suspend U.S. aid

PORT-AU-PRINCE | The U.S. has no plans to halt aid to earthquake-ravaged Haiti in spite of a crisis over who will be the nation's next leader but does insist that the president's chosen successor be dropped from the race, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Sunday.

Mrs. Clinton arrived Sunday in the impoverished Caribbean nation for a brief visit. She is scheduled to meet with President Rene Preval and each of the three candidates jockeying to replace him.

Two candidates can go on to the delayed second round, now scheduled for March 20.

The U.S. is backing an Organization of American States recommendation that the candidate from Mr. Preval's party, government construction official Jude Celestin, be left out.

PAKISTAN

Thousands rally against American

LAHORE | Hard-line Islamic leaders on Sunday rallied at least 15,000 people against a U.S. official arrested in the shooting deaths of two Pakistanis and warned the government not to cave in to U.S. pressure to release the man.

The protest in the eastern city of Lahore, where the shootings took place, erupted as the U.S. Embassy once again insisted that the American has diplomatic immunity and was being detained illegally by Pakistan. But Pakistan has refused to budge, saying courts must decide the matter.

The spat has revealed the fragility of a relationship that Washington says is crucial for success in Afghanistan and against al Qaeda.

BRAZIL

Rousseff to make first foreign visit in Argentina

BUENOS AIRES | Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff will make Argentina her first foreign stop Monday in a bid to shore up what she called "special and strategic" ties between South America's biggest economies.

"Brazil and Argentina have responsibilities to all of Latin America to make our region have a greater international stage presence," Mrs. Rousseff said in an interview published Sunday.

The president stressed that she was seeking to build "an extremely close relationship with President [Cristina] Kirchner" of Argentina.

The pair will meet Monday at the Casa Rosada government headquarters and sign several energy and science cooperation agreements.

Mrs. Rousseff is also due to visit with the Mothers of Plaza de Mayo, a group of women whose children disappeared during Argentina's brutal 1976-83 military dictatorship.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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