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Continued Looting in Chile in Aftermath of Earthquake


CHILE EARTHQUAKE: Authorities in Chile's second-most populous city have extended a curfew in an effort to curb the looting following Saturday's deadly earthquake. The lawlessness that has plagued Concepcion since the city was badly damaged by the quake prompted officials to extend a curfew from 8 p.m. Monday until noon Tuesday. The looting continued from late Monday night into the early morning hours of Tuesday, as desperate residents seek basic supplies such as food and water. Several stores and businesses have been ransacked and burned.

US - LATIN AMERICA: Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner is asking the United States to get directly involved in her country's current dispute with Britain about the Falkland Islands. Ms. Fernandez made the request Monday during a joint news conference with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who is visiting Argentina as part of a six-nation tour of Latin America. The Argentine leader said the U.S. could mediate between Buenos Aires and London, since it is friendly with both nations. Clinton said Washington will encourage both nations to engage in diplomacy, but will not commit to a more involved role in the matter.

US - CHINA: U.S. Deputy Secretary of State James Steinberg arrived in Beijing Tuesday for talks with Chinese officials meant to repair ties strained by recent diplomatic squabbles. Steinberg is also expected to address the North Korean nuclear program with China, which is Pyongyang's strongest ally. State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley told reporters Monday that relations between the two nations have been on "a bit of a bumpy path," and said he thinks both sides would like to return to normal as quickly as possible. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang told reporters Tuesday that responsibility for the current state of China-U.S. relations does not lie with the Chinese side, but completely with the U.S. side.

KOREAS - TENSIONS: North and South Korean officials are meeting in the town of Kaesong, site of a joint industrial park just inside the North Korean border. South Korea's government says the talks will focus on easing border crossings, communications and customs clearance for South Koreans working inside the industrial park. The park is funded with South Korean capital and staffed mostly by North Koreans. Tensions between the two states have risen recently. Last week, the North declared that four South Koreans are under investigation for entering the North illegally.

INDONESIA PROTEST: Police clashed with protesters outside Indonesia's parliament in the capital, Jakarta Tuesday, as a demonstration against a multi-million-dollar bank bail-out turned violent. Hundreds of protesters hurled stones at police, who responded with tear gas and water cannons to disperse the crowd. Demonstrators hung banners outside parliament calling for the replacement of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and officials of Bank Century. Inside the building, Indonesian lawmakers began to hear the findings of a parliamentary inquiry committee on alleged irregularities in the government's bail-out of the bank in 2008.

PAKISTAN - US: Pakistani police have presented a list of charges against five Americans detained in the country on suspicion of seeking to commit terrorist acts. A defense lawyer for the five men said police on Tuesday delivered the list to a judge in the eastern city of Sargodha. The alleged offenses include plotting to attack Pakistan. The court will decide whether to indict the men at their next hearing, March 10. The suspects, all Muslims from the Washington D.C. area, were detained in December in Pakistan's Punjab province. Police have accused them of plotting attacks in Pakistan, and of seeking to join Islamist militants fighting across the border in Afghanistan.

NIGER: Niger's military junta has named a 20-member provisional government to serve until elections are held. The junta said in statement Monday that five of the new government ministers are members of the military. The French News Agency reports five women were also appointed to cabinet posts. The junta's leader, Major Salou Djibo, said Sunday that no junta member will be allowed to run in promised presidential elections. Niger's military seized power in a coup last month, ousting President Mamadou Tandja. It appointed a civilian prime minister, Mahamadou Danda, who will remain in that post in the provisional government.

IRAN - NUCLEAR: Russian President Dmitri Medvedev says his country is ready to consider new sanctions against Iran if persuasion fails to stop it from enriching uranium. Mr. Medvedev says international efforts to influence Iran to suspend its sensitive nuclear work have been ineffective, but that Russia is hoping a deal can still be reached with Tehran. He says new sanctions should be "smart" and should not hurt civilians. Western nations have been pushing for a fourth set of U.N. Security Council sanctions against Iran for its nuclear program. Russia has long been reluctant to support tougher sanctions.

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