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In El Salvador, Obama talks of curbing illegal immigration

El Salvador

OBAMA talks of curbing illegal immigration

President Barack Obama ended his three-nation Latin American tour on Tuesday with a visit to El Salvador, a source of one of the largest immigrant groups in the United States, and agreed with its president that "the best strategy" for curbing illegal immigration was to create economic growth in the region. Obama, in a private meeting and a subsequent news conference with El Salvador's president, Mauricio Funes, said he remained committed to seeking a comprehensive overhaul of immigration law. He returns to Washington today after also making stops in Brazil and Chile.

ATHENS, Ga.

One officer killed, another wounded

One police officer was shot and killed and another badly wounded Tuesday as they were searching for a carjacking suspect, leading to a manhunt for the shooter, authorities said. A total of 162 officers died in the line of duty last year, up from 117 in 2009. Before the Georgia shootings, so far this year, 49 lost their lives, a 20 percent rise from the same time last year.

Pakistan

Tensions appear to ease over spy case

Political tensions over the case of a CIA contractor that have dogged U.S.-Pakistani relations for weeks appeared to ease Tuesday as President Asif Ali Zardari gave a speech to Parliament suggesting he was ready to move beyond the issue and opposition lawmakers toned down a planned protest as he spoke. Zardari's government outraged many Pakistanis by freeing Raymond Davis last week in a secretive court deal after he had been charged in the deaths of two Pakistani men.

Elsewhere

Washington: Virginia Thomas, wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, is set to be a special correspondent for the Daily Caller, a conservative website run by the commentator Tucker Carlson.

Altoona, Pa.: A fire tore through an apartment and killed five people Tuesday, spewing flames visible across the city, officials said.

San Diego: Thirteen would-be immigrants disguised themselves as U.S. Marines in a failed attempt to get through a border checkpoint east of San Diego last week, authorities said Tuesday.

Times wires

In El Salvador, Obama talks of curbing illegal immigration 03/23/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, March 23, 2011 12:06am]
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