CIA contractor release eases Pakistan-US tensions (AP) – 428th Edition

FILE - In this Jan. 28, 2011, file photo, Pakistani security officials escort Raymond Allen Davis, center, to a local court in Lahore, Pakistan. Officials say on Wednesday, March 16, 2011 an American CIA contractor detained on suspicion of murder has been released after families of the two Pakistanis he killed pardoned him in exchange for compensation. Davis has been in jail since Jan. 27, seriously straining ties between Pakistan and the United States.(AP Photo/Hamza Ahmed, File)AP – A “blood money” deal to free a CIA contractor who killed two Pakistani men removes a major thorn in relations between the United States and Pakistan, but bruising from the incident and disagreements over Afghanistan mean the alliance will likely remain stormy.

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