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Chanting, sacrifices mark new round of US/EU talks.(odds & ends)

Washington -- Running out of ideas and time, negotiators from the EU and US turned to shamanistic devices and ancient rituals in an attempt to break the deadlock that has frustrated all attempts to establish a new regulatory regime for international aviation on the North Atlantic.

"We had already run through all the typical opening ceremonies," said an American official as he worked on his facial paints. "By the tenth session we had opening prayers from all the world's major religions, most of the minor sects and a few down-right scary cults, and it was getting us nowhere."

He paused to pluck a few feathers from the carcass of a freshly killed turkey vulture and jammed them into his head-dress. …

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