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Clinton describes 'highly personal' work

As she began her testimony, her voice cracked at times as she said her work is sometimes highly personal, she told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee:

I stood next to President Obama as the Marines carried those flag-draped caskets off the plane at Andrews. I put my arms around the mothers and fathers, sisters and brothers, sons and daughters.

At another point, she defended UN Ambassador Susan Rice, who was vilified for widely debunked claims five days after the attack that protests precipitated the raid rather than terrorism. She challenged the Republican focus on Rice's comments, which were based on intelligence talking points.

"What difference does it make?" a clearly exasperated Clinton told Sen. Ron Johnson, a Republican, after he pressed her. She insisted that "people were trying in real time to get to the best information," and that her focus was on looking ahead on how to improve security.

Obama says US has good leads on Benghazi attackers

President Obama has said the United States has some "very good leads" about who carried out the attacks in Benghazi, Libya, in September that killed four Americans including the US ambassador.

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The US envoy to Libya and three staffers died in the surprise consulate attack. Credit: Reuters

Obama told NBC's 'Meet the Press' that the US would "implement every single recommendation" put forward in an independent review of the Sept. 11 attack on the consulate in which Ambassador Chris Stevens was killed.

"We're not going to pretend that this was not a problem. This was a huge problem," he said, adding that the investigation into who carried out the deadly raid was "ongoing."

"The FBI has sent individuals to Libya repeatedly. We have some very good leads, but this is not something that I'm going to be at liberty to talk about right now," he added.

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Report: Clinton to miss testifying on Benghazi attack

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is not expected to testify before the House Foreign Affairs Committee next week about the attack on the US consulate in Benghazi, Libya in September, according to CNN.

Philippe Reines, deputy assistant secretary of state, said: "At their recommendation, she will continue to work from home next week, staying in regular contact with department and other officials. She is looking forward to being back in the office soon."

She is not expected to appear at the scheduled time because of ill health.

David Petraeus admits 'regret' over resignation

David Petraeus has expressed “regret” over the circumstances of his controversial resignation as CIA Director.

Appearing for 20 minutes in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee today, he did not expand further on the reasons for his surprise departure.

Petraeus left the post after his extramarital affair with biographer Paula Broadwell was exposed.

The retired general was facing questions over September's attacks on the US consulate in Benghazi.

He said he believed all along that it was an act of terrorism, despite the Obama administration originally describing the attack as "spontaneous".


Ansar al-Sharia exit 'a turning point for Benghazi'

"After what happened at the American consulate, the people of Benghazi had enough of the extremists. They did not give allegiance to the army. So the people broke in and they fled.

"This place is like the Bastille. This is where Gaddafi controlled Libya from, and then Ansar al-Sharia took it over. This is a turning point for the people of Benghazi."

– Demonstrator Hassan Ahmed

At least 11 killed in Benghazi fighting

Soldiers and protesters were among the wounded as fighting broke out in Libya Credit: PA

At least 11 people were killed and more than 60 were wounded when militants fought demonstrators on the streets of Benghazi.

The protesters swept through the Ansar al-Sharia militia's base in the Libyan city early on Saturday, triggering an armed response.

A spokesman for Ansar al-Sharia said the group has since evacuated its bases in Benghazi "to preserve security in the city".

Libyan Islamist group leave Benghazi after protests

The Libyan Islamist miltia Ansar al-Sharia have announced they have evacuated their bases in Benghazi. Spokesman Yousef al-Jehani told Reuters:

The commander of the battalion gave orders to members to evacuate their premises and hand them over to the people of Benghazi. We respect the views of the people of Benghazi, and to preserve security in the city we evacuated the premises.

The group had been the target of a mass protest in the city on Friday night.

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