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EU-wide treaty change bid fails as London keeps hardline

Most EU members have agreed to a tax and budget pact to tackle the eurozone debt crisis, but a German and French attempt to get all 27 EU states to back changes to the union's treaties was dropped after objections from the UK.

(BBC) - London - The UK scuttles hopes of an EU-wide pact after Prime Minister David Cameron had insisted on an exemption for the UK from some financial regulations. Instead, 23 states, including eurozone members, will adopt an accord with penalties for breaking deficit rules.
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How South American Oceans Can Sway The U.S.-China Showdown

As global rivalries and over-fishing impact the seas around South America, countries there must find a common strategy to protect their maritime backyards.

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Juan Gabriel Tokatlian

-Analysis-

BUENOS AIRES — As the U.S.-China rivalry gathers pace, oceans matter more than ever. This is evident just looking at the declarations and initiatives enacted concerning the Indian and Pacific oceans.

Yet there is very little debate in South America on the Sino-American confrontation and its impact on seas around South America, specifically the South-Eastern Pacific (SEP) and South-Western Atlantic (SWA). These have long ceased to be empty spaces — and their importance to the world's superpowers can only grow.

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