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Saturday, February 9

Yahoo / Reuters Bush to Visit Peru, El Salvador in March: "Describing his country as Washington's best friend in Latin America, Peruvian President Alejandro Toledo said he invited the presidents of Colombia, Bolivia and Ecuador to join him for talks with Bush to press for a renewed duty-free trade pact. Led by Colombia, the four Andean countries are the world's biggest cocaine producers and they have pressured Washington to renew -- and expand -- a special trade pact dating to 1991 that scrapped duties on a range of goods in a bid to spur alternative development to the lucrative drugs trade." It's surprising that this trip has been put together so quickly. The visits of U.S. presidents are usually choreographed with months of advance notice.

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