The Pulse electronic funds transfer network's deal with Interac, Canada's lone debit network, is part of a global strategy to increase automated teller machine acceptance of the Diners Club card, Pulse's president David R. Schneider said.

"First and foremost, the agreement is to support the Diners Club network," Schneider said. Pulse's parent, Discover Financial Services, bought Diners Club International from Citigroup Inc. last year for $165 million.

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