US shutdown threatens hopes for Antarctic reserve

Associated Press
US shutdown threatens hopes for Antarctic reserve

FILE - In this Dec. 1, 2009 file photo provided by Aurora Expeditions, an inflatable boat carries tourists past an iceberg along the Antarctic Peninsula. The U.S. government shutdown is threatening a long-awaited deal to create the world’s largest marine sanctuary in Antarctica. Americans are among the biggest supporters of the proposal, but they might not make it to the negotiating table. On Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry joined his counterparts from other nations in calling for the sanctuary to proceed. But the U.S. had apparently already suspended travel plans for its delegation. If they don’t make it, the proposal probably will be put on hold until next year at least. (AP Photo/Aurora Expeditions, Andrew Halsall, File) EDITORIAL USE ONLY

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