Thursday's global agenda: Foreign aid bill under the microscope


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The Senate Foreign Relations Committee continues its review of ambassador nominations by looking at the candidates for posts in Gambia, Equatorial Guinea, Mozambique and the U.N. agencies for food and agriculture.

On the House side, the Foreign Affairs panel on trade examines the Trans-Pacific Partnership while the Western Hemisphere panel holds a hearing on “Cuba's Global Network of Terrorism, Intelligence, and Warfare.”

Finally, the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission examines “restrictive civil society legislation on human rights work in Ethiopia as well as the threats against human rights defenders and activists in Colombia.” Here's the agenda.

In other congressional action, the Ways and Means Trade panel examines trade's impact on job creation; the House Judiciary Committee's panel on immigration tackles tourism and visas; and the House Financial Services panel on insurance looks at competition for U.S. insurers on the world market.

Pakistan: Pakistani authorities want $5,000 per NATO truck that transits the country into and out of Afghanistan, a key sticking point in reopening the route following a mistaken U.S. air strike that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers late last year. 

Honduras: Drug Enforcement Agency agents were involved in a firefight against cocaine smugglers that left four bystanders dead, sparking a backlash against the American presence in Honduras, The New York Times reports.

Ex-Yugoslavia: Prosecutors at the U.N. tribunal in The Hague today make their case that former Bosnian Serb military chief Gen. Ratko Mladic was responsible for the deaths of 8,000 Muslim men and boys during the 1995 Srebrenica massacre.

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