Exclusive - U.S. senator, citing rights concerns, opposed Philippines weapons sale | Reuters

WASHINGTON U.S. Senator Ben Cardin informed the State Department that he would oppose the planned sale of some 26,000 assault rifles to the Philippines' national police, and the sale has not gone ahead, Senate aides told Reuters on Monday.Aides said Cardin, the top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, was reluctant to provide the weapons given concerns about human rights violations in the Philippines including extrajudicial killings.

(Reporting by Patricia Zengerle)

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