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TPP trade talks narrow on tough auto, drug and dairy issues

Demonstrators stand outside a hotel in Atlanta, Georgia where trade ministers from the US, Japan and 10 other Pacific Rim countries are negotiating a final agreement on the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreementTalks on the ambitious Trans-Pacific Partnership remained stuck on a handful of tough issues including auto parts and drug protections as trade ministers moved to a second day of negotiations Thursday. Under heavy pressure to clinch a deal this week after key differences couldn’t be bridged in their July meeting in Hawaii, top officials from the United States, Japan and 10 other Pacific Rim countries were negotiating around the clock in this southern US city. The representatives of the 12 countries — Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, the United States and Vietnam — were seeking to complete talks this week that would form the world’s largest free trade region, its members comprising about 40 percent of the global economy.

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