PHP SimpleXML load file not working with URL source

I am trying to load an xml file from a remote URL.  The code below works just fine when I point to a local file.  However when I use a remote file I get the following error.  Is there some sort of encoding or datatype change I need to do when passing in a URL instead of a local file?

simplexml_load_file( [function.simplexml-load-file]: failed to open stream: No such file or directory
$xml = simplexml_load_file('');

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You code exactly as above works fine at my end.  It appears that the problem does not lie with your code. I hope this helps somewhat.
billymcquearyAuthor Commented:
What version of PHP are you running?

PHP 5.24

I am not sure off hand if it affects simplexml_load_file, but allow_url_fopen is On.
billymcquearyAuthor Commented:
I think I may have discovered the problem.  I will report back on that.
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