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A Canadian judge has not yet decided whether to approve a $345 million settlement being offered to victims of the 2013 Lac Megantic rail disaster.

The money — some of which would also go to the Canadian government to pay for environmental cleanup costs — is being offered by most of the companies accused of responsibility for the tragedy, which claimed 48 lives.

A Superior Court judge in Quebec was expected to decide on Wednesday, but according to Portland attorney Robert Keach — who's acting as a trustee in the case — he took the matter under advisement.

WASHINGTON - Maine Congresswoman Chellie Pingree met with the prime minister of Somalia and other officials from the east African nation, to discuss issues affecting Somali communities in the U.S.

Pingree, a Democrat, says there were about 12 other members of Congress at the meeting, all of whom represent areas with significant Somali populations.

'What's Up With Cuba?'

May 27, 2015
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Speaking in Maine takes us next to Northport and the Midcoast Forum on Foreign Relations for a talk on U.S.-Cuba relations.

The speaker is Elaine Diaz, a Cuban blogger, journalist and professor at the University of Havana, where she teaches courses focusing on digital journalism, communication and technology and society.

She has also written about the digital divide for Cuban and international outlets.

For more on Diaz and the Midcoast Forum, click here.

Mid-Coast Forum on Foreign Relations

Speaking in Maine takes us next to Northport and the Mid-Coast Forum on Foreign Relations for a talk by Swithin Munyantwali, executive director and co-founder of the International Law Institute-African Centre for Legal Excellence.

His talk is on the Chinese engagement in Africa and to what extent it constitutes a real partnership.

For more on this talk and the Mid-Coast Forum on Foreign Relations, click here.

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee is closely looking at China's military buildup and intentions in Southeast Asia.

Committee members heard testimony that China is expanding its military at a fast rate, with a goal of more ships than any other nation. China is also flexing its economic muscle, as the largest market in Asia.

Maine Sen. Angus King says that complex situation requires a well-thought-out policy.

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