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Outrage over a planned program to use children from low-income Florida families for pesticide testing has led the US Congress to block such tests until the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) sets strict guidelines for such tests involving humans. The moratorium was announced on Wednesday. The amendment denies the EPA any money for human experiments with pesticides. Several dozen parents in Florida had signed up their children for a pesticide test after they were promised up to US$970 over two years.

■ United States

Radio tags for border use

The US Department of Homeland Security will install radio frequency technology at five border posts with Canada and Mexico to track foreigners driving in and out of North America. The Department of Homeland Security said the wireless chips for vehicles would become mandatory at designated border crossings in Canada and Mexico as of next Thursday. Canadians and Mexicans are exempt from needing the chip.

■ United Kingdom

Charles' finances criticized

Lawmakers said yesterday that Prince Charles should be more open about the finances of the Duchy of Cornwall, the estate that provides him with most of his private income. The lawmakers said there were "obscurities" in the duchy's accounts.

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