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Powell Tries to Soothe Brazil Tensions

Secretary of State Colin Powell on Wednesday sought to ease tensions with Brazil over new U.S. regulations that require people to be fingerprinted and photographed upon entering the United States. “We have to protect ourselves,” Powell said at a news conference. “American people expect that. International travelers expect that.” At the same time, Powell said, “We want to convey an attitude that this is still a welcoming open country.” In Brazil, Foreign Minister Celso Amorim requested that Brazilians be exempted from the rules. Amorim told U.S. Ambassador Donna Hrinak on Tuesday that Brazilians should be treated like the citizens from 27 countries who do not need visas to enter the United States and who are exempted from the new rules. Full Story

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