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  • US agency says will delay planned closure of air traffic towers

    WASHINGTON, April 5 (Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration said on Friday that it will delay the planned closure of 149 air traffic control towers until June 15 in order to resolve multiple legal challenges.

    The closures, which were due to begin as early as Sunday, were one of the most visible signs of the broad "sequester" budget cuts that kicked in on March 1.

    Several airports that faced the loss of their federally funded air traffic controllers questioned whether the FAA had followed its own safety procedures.
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Pressure mounts on Pakistan leader to quit as protests continue

ISLAMABAD - Thousands of protesters massed outside the residence of Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Saturday to demand he step down, after efforts to find a negotiated solution to the country's political crisis failed.