US, 11 other countries sign free-trade deal in New Zealand

February 4, 2016 1:02 AM

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WELLINGTON, New Zealand — Trade ministers from 12 Pacific Rim countries including the United States gathered Thursday in New Zealand for the ceremonial signing of a free-trade deal they say will significantly boost trade.

But for the pact to take force, each country must now ratify it through its domestic political process. Whether the politically divided U.S. will agree to it remains an open question.

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