EU lawmakers vote down US antiterror deal

BRUSSELS  — The European Parliament on Thursday voted down adeal allowing the US access European bank transfers to trackfunds supporting terror groups.

EU lawmakers in Strasbourg, France voted 378-196 against the deal with 31 abstentions.

Theparliament's president, Jerzy Buzek, said the assembly wants moresafeguards for civil liberties and believes human rights has beencompromised in the name of security.

The rejection forces the EU to renegotiate the deal.

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