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The next round of NAFTA talks has been put on hold as top officials from Canada, the United States and Mexico meet in Washington with the goal of hammering out the framework of an agreement.

The three countries are closing in on a preliminary deal to rejig the North American free-trade agreement, with a plan to encourage more American auto jobs at the centrepiece of the pact.

After the eight-month-long NAFTA renegotiations, the objective now is to have a deal in place that can be signed by U.S. President Donald Trump, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Mexico’s Enrique Pena Nieto next week...

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