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Countries Agree to Create World's Largest Marine Reserve in Antarctica

Penguins stand on an iceberg on the Western Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica.

Penguins stand on an iceberg on the Western Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica.

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Wellington, New Zealand (AP) -- The countries that decide the fate of Antarctica's waters reached an historic agreement on Friday to create the world's largest marine protected area in the ocean next to the frozen continent.

The agreement comes after years of diplomatic wrangling and high-level talks between the U.S. and Russia, which has rejected the idea in the past.