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It is summoning ministers and other high-level officials to a March meeting in Geneva, where it will call for systematic measures toward less water consumption and more conservation.

U.S. farmers have experienced one of their worst growing seasons in memory. The annual corn harvest, for example, is much farther along than it ordinarily would be and is expected to produce the least amount of corn since 2006 — despite the most acres of corn planted in more than 70 years — because of unusual triple-digit summer temperatures that disrupted pollination and a severe drought, particularly in the middle of the country.


S. Korea to resume Iranian oil imports

SEOUL — South Korea will resume imports of Iranian crude next month within levels that comply with U.S. sanctions, government and industry officials said Tuesday as the country tries to manage the pain that diminished oil supplies meant for the domestic economy.

The resumption will make South Korea the latest Asian country to bypass the European Union’s insurance ban on Iranian oil shipments.

In July, the EU ban hit the four key Asian markets for Iranian oil — China, India, Japan and South Korea — which previously were exempted from U.S. penalties after they made significant cuts to their Iranian oil imports.

South Korea is in a difficult position in its dealings with Iran, analysts said. Seoul wants to maintain close ties with its most important ally, the United States, as Washington pushes for tighter sanctions meant to derail Iran’s suspected nuclear weapons program. But South Korea also needs to keep alive crucial business and energy ties with Iran, whose crude is cheaper than that of other oil exporters.


Police protest, seek salary redress

SAN JUAN — Hundreds of police officers in Puerto Rico took to the streets to demand higher salaries and the payment of back wages.

Police accuse the government of not honoring several laws, including one that would give them an additional $200 a month. The officers were planning to file a complaint Tuesday with an appeals court.

Puerto Rico has the second-largest police force of any U.S. jurisdiction, with some 17,000 officers. The department has come under fire because of a record number of homicides last year.

Federal prosecutors also have accused the department of corruption and civil rights violations, and the American Civil Liberties Union has filed two lawsuits related to those complaints.

From wire dispatches and staff reports