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The treaty is meant to streamline the way the 27-nation bloc operates, ensuring that it can make decisions by majority rather than unanimous voting and make it easier to set policy.

Last-minute confusion had threatened to scuttle plans for a deal after Poland questioned a compromise.


Nightclub tab a whopping $210,000

LONDON — A Middle East businessman spent more than $210,000 in a five-hour, champagne- and vodka-fueled spending spree in a London nightclub over the weekend.

Fraser Donaldson, a representative of Crystal, a club favored by Prince Harry, said in 20 years working in the industry it was the biggest bill he had seen from one customer.

The unidentified big spender entered Crystal at midnight on Saturday with friends — nine women and eight men — and ordered magnums of Dom Perignon at $1,400 each and then called for a Methuselah — eight bottles in one — of Cristal Champagne at $60,000 and the party spread.


U.N. to inspect reactor next week

VIENNA, Austria — U.N. inspectors will return next week to a reactor being built in central Iran and declared off-limits since April, officials said yesterday. The concession by Tehran is seen as a key step in clearing up questions about its suspect nuclear program.

The team will visit the heavy-water reactor under construction outside the central industrial city of Arak on Monday or Tuesday, International Atomic Energy Agency Deputy Director-General Olli Heinonen said after meeting with a senior Iranian envoy.

From wire dispatches and staff reports