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President Bush Challenges EU on Farm Subsidies

President Bush says the United States will drop subsidies to American farmers - if the European Union does the same in Europe. He told British television Sunday, ending those subsidies would allow African countries to compete better, reducing their need for international aid.

President Bush will attend he Group of Eight Summit this week, which will discuss aid to Africa. But farm subsidies are very popular in France and Germany, and the U.S. challenge is not thought likely to be accepted.

President Bush also said he will reject any Kyoto-style deal on climate change at the G8 summit in Scotland.

He said the 1997 U.N. Kyoto protocol, which Washington never ratified, would have ruined the American economy with its mandated reductions on carbon emissions. Mr. Bush favors a focus on clean technologies to counter climate change.