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US lawmakers ease Obama`s path to trade deal

Senior US lawmakers reached a deal Thursday to make it easier for President Barack Obama to negotiate a massive trade accord with 11 other Asia-Pacific nations.

US Congress reaches deal for $1.1 tn US spending bill

Final hurdles on the massive bill were cleared when some controversial financial services provisions were removed to be dealt with separately.

Dollar up in Asia as US debt deadline looms

The dollar rose in Asia Wednesday on cautious optimism that warring US lawmakers will reach a last-minute deal to resolve a budget impasse which threatens to spark a catastrophic default.