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Asia stocks wane as US budget talks drag on

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BANGKOK (AP) — Asian stock markets lost some steam Tuesday as efforts by U.S. leaders to reach a budget deal before the year's end appeared deadlocked and fears lingered that a leadership change in Italy could derail Europe's efforts to tackle its financial crisis. Markets in Asia appeared to take in stride news that HSBC, the British banking giant, will pay $1.9 billion to settle a...

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