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    A currency trader works in front of a TV showing U.S. President Barack Obama at the Korea Exchange Bank headquarters in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2011. Asian equity markets were sharply down early Tuesday as investors fearing a possible global economic slowdown continued to flee stocks. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)


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    House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp said it looks like a deal will be worked out between President Obama and Capitol Hill Republicans that would allow the three long-stalled trade agreements with South Korea, Colombia and Panama to pass. "I think [members] are distracted with the debt issues," he said. "I think [the trade deals] are passed after the debt limit." (Associated Press)


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    South Korean soldiers remove mud on the street after a landslide caused by heavy rains in Seoul, South Korea, on July 27, 2011. (Associated Press)


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    South Korean Foreign Minister Kim Sung-hwan, top left, walks by his North Korean counterpart Pak Ui Chun, bottom center, as U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton talks with Japanese Foreign Minister Takeaki Matsumoto, center, prior to the start of ARF Retreat Session in Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia, Saturday, July 23, 2011. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)


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    Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, ranking Republican on the Senate Finance Committee, center, speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, June 30, 2011, to charge the Obama Administration of political tactics that undermine pending trade agreements with Colombia, Panama and South Korea. From left are: Sen. Michael B. Enzi, R-Wyo.; Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl of Ariz.; Hatch; Sen. John Thune, R-S.D.; and Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan. (Associated Press)


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    South Koreans celebrate at a ski-jumping hill in Pyeongchang, South Korea, early on Thursday, July 7, 2011, after the International Olympic Committee announced that the South Korean city will host the 2018 Winter Olympics. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)


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    South Koreans gather in Chuncehon, South Korea, on Wednesday, July 6, 2011, to await the announcement by the International Olympic Committee of the site of the 2018 Winter Olympics. Pyeongchang, South Korea, beat out Munich and Annecy, France, for the games. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)


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    North Koreans shout slogans during a massive rally in Kim Il-sung Square in Pyongyang, North Korea, on Monday, July 4, 2011, to denounce the conservative government of South Korean President Lee Myung-bak as a "group of unparalleled traitors." (AP Photo/Korean Central News Agency via Korea News Service)


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    Y.E. Yang, of South Korea, reacts to a missed putt on the third hole during the final round of the U.S. Open at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Md., Sunday, June 19, 2011. (Drew Angerer/The Washington Times)


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