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US inspectors will check US-bound cargo at foreign ports: report

US inspectors will check US-bound cargo containers at seaports in Muslim nations and other countries in the second phase of a government program launched after the September 11 attacks. US inspectors will remain indefinitely in Dubai — a key transhipment for container cargo in the Arab world — Malaysia, Turkey and other Muslim nations, senior administration officials told The New York Times. Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge is expected to announce details of the expanded inspection program in a speech Thursday to Port Elizabeth, New Jersey, the daily said. Ridge is also expected to announce that US states and local governments will get 170 million dollars in federal grants to strengthen port security. Another 30 million will be provided for research and development on cargo security, the daily said. Full Story

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