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Wednesday, August 12, 1998 Published at 13:04 GMT 14:04 UK

World: Americas

Puerto Rico's Senate to decide on plebiscite

The Senate in Puerto Rico is expected to decide today whether to hold a referendum on the future status of the Caribbean island.

It's currently a Commonwealth territory of the United States with limited self-government, and it could become a full American state or seek greater independence.

Puerto Ricans voted narrowly in favour of their present status in 1993.

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