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Eleven nations – but not US – to sign Trans-Pacific trade deal

SANTIAGO: Eleven countries are expected to sign a landmark Asia-Pacific trade agreement in Santiago on Thursday, as an antidote to the increasingly protectionist bent of the United States, which last year pulled out of the pact. The signing ceremony comes the day after Europe and the International Monetary Fund urged US President Donald Trump to step back from the brink of a trade war sparked by plans to slap duties on steel and aluminum imports. The Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership…