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The U.S. Senate is expected to ratify a treaty today that would make it easier for Britain to extradite members of the outlawed Irish Republican Army. Under the treaty, those accused of violent crimes such as murder and kidnaping would no longer be allowed to avoid extradition by claiming that their crimes were politically motivated. Proponents said they expect to have the necessary two-thirds majority when the treaty comes up for a final vote today. Approval would end a stalemate that has lasted for more than a year.

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