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MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico's Congress voted Thursday to open the country's moribund state-run oil industry to foreign and domestic investors, casting aside nationalist opposition to approve the most dramatic energy reform in seven decades.
Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy vowed Thursday to block an attempt by Catalan leaders to hold an independence referendum on November 9, 2014. A few hours after Catalan political chief Artur Mas unveiled the date and wording of the poll, the Spanish leader refused even to countenance a break-up of the nation. - "Do you think that Catalonia should be a State, yes or no?" Mas said a majority of parties in Catalonia, but not all, backed the referendum.