US shutdown end boosts hopes for Antarctic reserve

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Posted: Thursday, October 17, 2013 12:00 am

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) - A long-awaited deal to create the world's largest marine sanctuary in Antarctica appears to have survived a last-second obstacle - the U.S. government shutdown - and could be approved next week.

The U.S., New Zealand and other countries have sought a sanctuary in the pristine waters of the Ross Sea for the past decade, and there are hopes that previous objectors Russia and Ukraine will agree to a new, smaller proposal when the nations that regulate Antarctic fishing meet next week in Hobart, Australia.

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