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The move is a small step toward improving U.S. relations with Pakistan, which were partially severed last November after an American air attack on the Pakistani side of the border inadvertently killed 24 members of the Pakistani army.

The U.S. liaison officers were withdrawn after the incident. U.S. trainers also were withdrawn and have not been returned.

A Pentagon spokesman, Navy Capt. John Kirby, said Thursday that there is still no Pakistani agreement to reopen land routes into Afghanistan that had been used to ferry supplies to American and NATO troops.


Nancy Reagan backs Romney for president

LOS ANGELES — Former first lady Nancy Reagan served refreshments to Mitt Romney and his wife, Ann, on Thursday and offered the presumptive Republican presidential nominee something extra — her endorsement.

The Romneys “joined me at my home for some lemonade and cookies, and I offered my firm endorsement of his campaign for president,” the 90-year-old widow, who lives in Bel Air outside Los Angeles, said in a brief statement.

Mr. Romney has already earned enough delegates to win the nomination to face President Obama in the Nov. 6 presidential election.

“I am thrilled that after Tuesday’s primary, he is the clear choice, having won the magic number of 1,144 convention delegates,” Mrs. Reagan said. “Ronnie would have liked Governor Romney’s business background and his strong principles, and I have to say I do, too.”

She said, “I believe Mitt Romney has the experience and leadership skills that our country so desperately needs, and I look forward to seeing him elected president in November.”

• From wire dispatches and staff reports