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2006-03-27 19:59:34

By John Crawley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House on Monday withdrew the nomination of a former Dubai Ports World executive to direct U.S. maritime affairs after his appointment was blocked in the Senate during a political storm over port security. David Sanborn requested the Bush administration withdraw his name from consideration, according to a copy of a letter he sent to U.S. President George W. Bush. "While I believe my background makes me one of the most qualified people...

2006-03-21 16:59:06

By Michael Christie FT. LAUDERDALE, Florida (Reuters) - The debacle over a Dubai company's thwarted attempt to take over some U.S. port operations may end up undermining U.S. security because of its impact on counter-terrorism cooperation with Arab states, maritime experts said on Tuesday The experts said the furor that led to state-owned Dubai Ports World promising to sell its interest in six U.S. ports it would acquire by buying the global assets of Britain's P&O had been...

2006-03-15 19:14:24

By Susan Cornwell and Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday refused to drop legislative language barring a state-owned Arab company, Dubai Ports World, from managing American ports, even as the company released more details of its own pledge to unwind the deal. On a vote of 377-38, the House said it wanted to keep the wording blocking the controversial ports deal in an unrelated bill funding the Iraq war. A vote on the entire bill,...

2006-03-12 13:43:07

By Philip Barbara WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A leading Republican opponent of the collapsed Dubai ports deal said on Sunday that he would press ahead with legislation requiring U.S. ownership of infrastructure deemed critical to homeland security. House Armed Services Committee Chairman Duncan Hunter, Republican of California, said that under the bill, it would be up to the Pentagon and Department of Homeland Security to identify facilities critical to national defense. "If something...

2006-03-03 20:59:26

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Treasury Department said on Friday it had received an application from an Arab-based port operator needed to start a second review of the company's plans to take over management of six U.S. ports, a deal that has triggered a backlash in Congress. The agency said in a statement it would soon make a determination of when to begin the 45-day review, prompted by lawmakers' concerns about security and the rigor of the Bush administration's initial study of...

2006-02-27 15:06:16

By Matt Spetalnick WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. lawmakers pressed ahead with legislation on Monday to possibly block a state-owned Arab company from taking over key U.S. port operations, despite the White House agreeing to a broader security review of the contested deal. The review is a face-saving compromise that gives President George W. Bush, who has backed the takeover, more time to quell a bipartisan uproar. But at the end of the 45-day review period, Bush will be in the...

2006-02-27 15:00:05

By Matt Spetalnick WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. lawmakers pressed ahead with legislation on Monday to possibly block a state-owned Arab company from taking over key U.S. port operations, despite the White House agreeing to a broader security review of the contested deal. The review is a face-saving compromise that gives President George W. Bush, who has backed the takeover, more time to quell a bipartisan uproar. But at the end of the 45-day review period, Bush will be in the...

2006-02-25 17:18:04

By Jeremy Pelofsky WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democrats on Saturday accused President George W. Bush of being casual with national security as they warned of risks from an Arab state-owned company gaining control of terminals at six key U.S. ports. New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine, in the Democratic weekly radio address, urged Bush to pose tough questions during a delay of Dubai Ports World's $6.8 billion acquisition of P&O, even as a top White House official said there was no need to...

2006-02-24 19:21:43

By Daniel Trotta NEWARK, New Jersey (Reuters) - The political battle over whether U.S. port terminals can be safely run by an Arab state-owned company is a meaningless sideshow, say U.S. federal agents on the front lines of port security. Out at the wind-swept Port Newark/Port Elizabeth, the second-busiest U.S. port, one of those agents, Kevin McCabe, shakes his head over the dispute regarding Dubai Ports World's attempt to take over terminals at six major U.S. ports from Britain's...

2006-02-21 13:48:00

By Susan Cornwell WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Powerful Washington lawmakers citing security concerns on Tuesday pushed emergency legislation to block a controversial deal that would place management of six major U.S. ports in the hands of a state-owned Arab company. U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist said the Bush administration should put on hold a deal to stop state-controlled Dubai Ports World of the United Arab Emirates from managing sea ports in New York, New Jersey, Baltimore,...


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