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EU Agrees to Sign Extradition Deal with U.S.

European Union justice ministers agreed on Friday to sign a landmark extradition deal with the United States after nearly a year of negotiations and criticism from human rights campaigners. The deal is part of Europe’s pledge to help the United States fight terrorism after the September 11, 2001, attacks and comes at a time when the 15-nation EU and Washington are trying to heal rifts caused by the U.S.-led war in Iraq. The extradition pact goes hand-in-hand with another accord that will allow U.S. and EU police officers to set up joint investigation teams, share evidence and cut red tape in requesting help and information in crime and terrorism cases. “Europe and the United States now have much closer ties in some significant areas, not least in the face of terrorism and other challenges for which we all want to find solutions,” Danish Justice Minister Lene Espersen told Reuters. Full Story

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