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Mexico City (AFP) - Mexico's Congress gave final approval Thursday to a historic energy reform aimed at luring foreign investment and ending the state's 75-year-old oil monopoly following a heated marathon debate.
By Elisabeth O'Leary and Teresa Larraz Mora MADRID (Reuters) - Separatist parties in Spain's Catalonia region set November 9 next year as the date for a proposed independence referendum on Thursday and agreed the wording, but the Spanish government immediately poured cold water on the plan. Catalan regional government head Artur Mas said the vote, which the Spanish government says would be unconstitutional, would ask two questions: "Do you want Catalonia to be a state?" and "Do you want that state to be independent?" Calls for independence in Catalonia, a wealthy industrial region of northeastern Spain which accounts for a fifth of the country's economic output, have grown as a prolonged Spanish recession and cuts in public spending have hit the area, creating a headache for Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy.
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico's Congress voted Thursday to open the country's moribund state-run oil industry to private investment after a raucous, overnight debate over the most dramatic energy reform in decades.