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PAKISTAN: Pact near on supply route

The United States and Pakistan are close to signing an agreement regulating the flow of NATO troop supplies in and out of Afghanistan, codifying a somewhat informal arrangement that has fueled the Afghan war over the past decade, U.S. officials said Tuesday. Pakistan pushed for a written pact in drawn-out negotiations that led to the supply line's reopening two weeks ago following a seven-month blockade. Islamabad had imposed the blockade in retaliation for American airstrikes that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers on the Afghan border. The longer route into Afghanistan through Central Asia was costing an additional $100 million a month.


BRITAIN

Heir charged in wife's burial

Hans Kristian Rausing, whose father made billions selling his stake in the Tetra Pak drinks-carton empire, has been charged with preventing the lawful burial of his American-born wife's body, police said Tuesday. The charge against Rausing, amid media reports that Eva Rausing's body lay in the couple's luxury town house for days, adds an element of the macabre to a tragic story of a couple who struggled publicly with drugs while donating millions to anti-addiction charities. Hans Kristian Rausing, 49, was arrested in connection with the death, though it was being treated as "unexplained" pending further tests. He has been receiving medical treatment since his arrest.


GREENLAND: Glacier yields huge iceberg

An iceberg twice the size of Manhattan tore off one of Greenland's largest glaciers, illustrating another dramatic turn to the warming island. Scientists had been watching a long crack near the tip of the northerly Petermann Glacier. On Monday, NASA satellites showed it had broken completely, freeing a 46-square-mile iceberg. A massive ice sheet covers four-fifths of Greenland. Petermann Glacier is mostly on land, but a segment sticks out over water, and that's where the break occurred. The same glacier spawned an iceberg twice that size two years ago.

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