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Caribbean Nation Pushing for Talks With U.S. Over Internet Gambling Restrictions

21 Jun 2006

ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA -- As reported by the Thoroughbred Times: "In a document made public on Tuesday, the twin island Caribbean nation of Antigua and Barbuda pressed for discussions with the United States over its restrictions on Internet gambling.

"The U.S. did not meet an April 3 deadline to comply with a 2004 World Trade Organization ruling that found the U.S. failed to show the Interstate Horse Racing Act of 1978, which allows wagering on horse racing via phone or other electronic means, was applied equally to foreign and remote betting operations. The law is limited to states where such wagering is allowed and excludes foreign operators, which is contrary to global trade regulations.

"Antigua and Barbuda wants to boost its online gambling industry to offset its declining tourism industry..."

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