House approves nuclear pact with India

WASHINGTON The deal still faces major obstacles in the Senate. The prospects for passage before President Bush leaves office in January are uncertain.

The House approved the measure by a 298-117 vote in an unusual Saturday session. The accord reverses three decades of U.S. policy by shipping atomic fuel to India in return for international inspections of India's civilian reactors.

Supporters say it would bring India's atomic program under closer scrutiny. Critics say it would boost India's nuclear arsenal and lead to an arms race in South Asia.

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