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THE DAILY ASTORIAN • THURSDAY, MARCH 2, 2017
WORLD IN BRIEF
doesn’t want to provide funds for something it considers mor-
ally wrong. Officials in many European nations and around the
world say the move will hurt women and girls who need family
“The purely ideological decision of one country” can push
women and girls back “into the dark Ages,” said conference host
and Belgian Deputy Premier Alexander De Croos.
“We will start with making something great again,” he said of
the drive to boost family planning policies in developing nations,
riffing off Trump’s “make America great again” campaign slogan.
Calls grow for Sessions to
withdraw from Russia probe
WASHINGTON — A growing number of Republicans joined
Democratic leaders today in calling for Attorney General Jeff
Sessions to step aside from an investigation into Russian interfer-
ence in the 2016 White House election.
Top Democrats demanded that Sessions go further and resign
as the nation’s top law enforcement officer after the revelation
that he had twice talked with Moscow’s U.S. envoy during the
campaign. Sessions’ conversations with Ambassador Sergey Kis-
lyak seem to contradict Sessions’ sworn statements to Congress
during his confirmation hearings.
House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi accused Sessions
of “lying under oath,” and she and Senate Democratic leader
Chuck Schumer said he should step down. Schumer said the Jus-
tice Department should appoint a special prosecutor to examine
whether the federal investigation into the Kremlin’s meddling in
the U.S. election has been compromised by Sessions.
“There’s nothing wrong with meeting with the Russian
ambassador. If there was nothing wrong, why don’t you just tell
the truth?” Schumer said. “It was definitely extremely mislead-
ing to say the least”
“I have said that, when it’s appropriate, I will recuse myself”
from the investigation, Sessions told MSNBC today.
There’s no need, said White House spokesman Sean Spicer.
“There’s nothing to recuse himself from” Spicer said in an inter-
view with Fox News. He said that Sessions was “100 percent
straight” about his contacts with Russia and that people playing
politics with the issue “should be ashamed of themselves.”
Rep. Suzanne Bonamici, D-Ore., said today, “Reports are now
clear that Attorney General Jeff Sessions misled the Senate Judi-
ciary Committee during his confirmation hearing. He can no lon-
ger be trusted to lead the nation’s top law enforcement agency.
Leading the Department of Justice requires honesty, truth, and
transparency. Jeff Sessions must resign.”
Bull trout lawsuit targeting
Columbia Basin dams dismissed
BOISE, Idaho — A federal lawsuit filed by an environmen-
tal group seeking to force federal agencies to analyze whether
about two dozen dams operating in Idaho, Oregon, Washington
and Montana are harming bull trout has been dismissed.
U.S. District Court Judge Marco Hernandez in a ruling last
week said federal agencies took action after the lawsuit was filed
in July that met demands made by Montana-based Alliance for
the Wild Rockies, meaning there was no need for the lawsuit to
The lawsuit against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and
U.S. Bureau of Reclamation sought to force the agencies to com-
plete consultations with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on
how to operate the dams in areas designated as critical bull trout
Specifically, the lawsuit contended the agencies failed to write
biological assessments for many of the dams pertaining to bull
trout and required following the 2010 designation of critical habi-
tat for the species in the four states and a small portion of Nevada.
The federal agencies in their motion to dismiss the lawsuit
said those consultations have now been started or reinitiated for
all the dams.
“We are thrilled that the agencies finally did what they were
supposed to do in 2010, which was to consult with the Fish and
Wildlife Service to ensure that these dams don’t harm bull trout
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A bull trout swims in the Little Lost River in Idaho. A feder-
al lawsuit by an environmental group seeking to force fed-
eral agencies to analyze whether about two dozen dams
operating in Idaho, Oregon, Washington and Montana are
harming bull trout has been dismissed.
critical habitat,” Mike Garrity, executive director of Alliance for
the Wild Rockies, said in a statement.
The lawsuit named 26 dams that include the four large dams
that span the Columbia River where it forms the border between
Oregon and Washington state. Four Snake River dams in Wash-
ington state are also named. Idaho and Montana have two dams
each named in the lawsuit, and additional dams are listed in Ore-
gon’s Willamette Basin, which feeds into the Columbia River.
Southern Oregon president
warns of steep tuition increase
PORTLAND — The president of Southern Oregon Univer-
sity warns the school might have to raise tuition by 12 percent if
the state doesn’t come through with additional funding.
Linda Schott told the Mail Tribune editorial board that such a
tuition increase, along with a 3 to 5 percent increase in housing,
would mean in-state, undergraduate students would pay an extra
$1,300 to $1,600 a year.
To prevent such price increases, SOU and other public univer-
sities have asked the Oregon Legislature for an additional $100
million over the $667 million that Gov. Kate Brown has proposed
for public universities in her budget.
The University of Oregon said last month that without extra
funding it will have to increase tuition by nearly 11 percent to
help close a $27.5 million budget gap.
Nations pledge millions after US
pulls family planning funds
BRUSSELS — Nations started pledging tens of millions of
dollars today at an international family planning conference in
Brussels aimed at making up for a gap left by President Donald
Trump’s ban on U.S. funding to groups linked to abortion.
Some 50 governments are attending the hastily convened one-
day conference. Early on, total pledges were already closing in
on 100 million dollars, with Sweden and Finland each promising
some 20 million euros ($21 million dollars.)
One of Trump’s first acts as president was to withhold an esti-
mated half billion dollars a year in funding from international
groups that perform abortions or provide information about them.
The Trump administration said the ban is necessary because it
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RUKBAN CAMP, Jordan-Syria Border — U.N. agencies are
ramping up aid delivery to tens of thousands of war-displaced
Syrians stuck in the desert on Jordan’s sealed border, after months
of being denied access, but harsh weather and anxious crowds
often disrupt one of the U.N.’s most complex missions anywhere.
Illustrating the logistics challenge, a U.N. convoy taking jour-
nalists to a new health center near the Syrian encampment of
Rukban got bogged down for hours after heavy rains mixed with
hail turned the hard desert floor to mud. After nightfall, Jordanian
armored personnel carriers repeatedly had to pull the SUVs out
of the soggy soil.
For Rukban residents huddling in flimsy tents and makeshift
shelters just a few miles away, the flooding was one more of
many hardships, including scarce food and inadequate medical
care. Anemia and respiratory illnesses are widespread in Rukban,
where two-thirds of the residents are women and children, U.N.
health officials said
“I live in a small tent, two meters, and I had to leave my tent
yesterday because of heavy rain,” said a 39-year-old woman from
Rukban who had come to the U.N. health center Wednesday with
her 3-year-old daughter, Hawraa, who she said suffered from an
infection. “I spent the night at my neighbor’s place. The situa-
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Another woman, a mother of six in her early 30s, was seek-
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youngest son, Hamid, died in Rukban at the age of seven months
as a result of severe diarrhea.
Lawyers sue Chinese authorities
for not getting rid of smog
BEIJING — Lawyer Cheng Hai has an itemized list of com-
pensation demands from Beijing authorities over the city’s smog:
65 yuan ($9) for having to buy face masks, 100 yuan ($15) for
seeing a doctor for a sore throat and 9,999 yuan ($1,500) for emo-
Fed up with what they consider halfhearted efforts to fight air
pollution, Cheng and like-minded lawyers are putting China’s
legal system to the test by suing the governments of the capital
and its surrounding regions.
“Some people might think that air pollution is inevitable with
economic development, but they are wrong,” said Cheng, 64.
“We have laws to protect air quality, and major pollution can be
avoided if they are fully enforced.”
The lawsuits demonstrate the mounting frustration of Chi-
na’s middle class at the country’s notoriously bad air, a topic that
is expected to be discussed at the upcoming annual meeting of
the country’s parliament three years after Premier Li Keqiang
declared a “war on pollution” at the same event.
The dissatisfaction comes even as authorities in the capital are
closing factories, getting rid of coal-fired boilers and taking older,
heavier-polluting vehicles off the road.
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