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G8 Agrees to Share Data on Lost, Stolen Passports

The G8 group of wealthy industrial nations agreed on Tuesday to share information about lost and stolen passports and vowed to work together to secure borders, ports and skies to help thwart terrorism. The meeting to lay the groundwork for the June summit of leaders from the Group of Eight nations comes amid continued threats from international militant groups and attacks like the al Qaeda-linked train bombings in Madrid on March 11 that killed 191 people. G8 justice and home affairs ministers focused partly on the need to keep better track of lost or stolen passports. “Today, we have agreed to establish conditions under which our countries would share information about lost and stolen passports — an important step to ensure that we prevent terrorists from entering our countries and harming citizens,” U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge said in remarks prepared for delivery after the meeting. Full Story

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