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By Wayne Cole SYDNEY (Reuters) - Uncertainty gripped Asian markets on Tuesday as investors braced for a potentially pivotal U.S. presidential debate by shunning stocks while favoring safe haven bonds and the yen. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan eased 0.3 percent in early trade, while South Korea fell 0.6 percent. Japan's Nikkei dropped 1 percent as a higher yen threatened exporter sales and profits.
CARTAGENA, Colombia (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry says he is "deeply concerned" about escalating political tensions in Venezuela as he holds his first official meeting with Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro.