TPP trade deal talks reach critical point at Asia-Pacific summit

Talks on pushing ahead the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal without the United States reached a critical point on Thursday as ministers from the 11 countries discussed a proposed agreement in principle.
Talks on the TPP, ditched by US President Donald Trump in one of his first acts in office, have been held on the sidelines of Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) meetings in the Vietnamese resort of Da Nang.
Clear agreement on proceeding without the US would be a boost for the…