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Hague to host dinner to mark Clinton exit

Foreign Secretary William Hague will mark the departure of Hillary Clinton as US Secretary of State tonight by hosting a farewell party for her in Washington.

Mr Hague is due to preside over a private farewell dinner for his opposite number during a visit to the US capital where he is expected also to hold meetings with officials, politicians and business leaders.

Yesterday the Foreign Secretary tweeted:

He also retweeted praise for Mrs Clinton sent to him by Britons:

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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.

Clinton: 'Algerian militants had weapons from Libya'

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has said that Algerian militants involved in the attack on a desert gas plant in Algeria this month had weapons from Libya.

"There is no doubt that the Algerian terrorists had weapons from Libya. There is no doubt that the Malian remnants of AQIM have weapons from Libya," she is speaking at a Senate hearing on the September attack on the US mission in Benghazi, Libya.

AQIM - Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb - is an affiliate of al Qaeda.

Clinton 'never saw' requests for extra Benghazi security

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has said she never saw the requests for additional security for the US mission in Benghazi, Libya, which was attacked in September, because they were handled by other State Department officials and normally would not reach her level.

Hillary Clinton speaking to the committee

Clinton is testifying before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee about the September attack by Islamist militants in which the US ambassador and three other Americans were killed.

"The specific security requests pertaining to Benghazi, you know were handled by the security professionals in the department. I didn't see those requests, they didn't come to me, I didn't approve them, I didn't deny them," Clinton said.

She noted that one of the findings of an accountability review board on the Benghazi attack was that "these requests don't ordinarily come to the secretary of state."

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Hillary Clinton given American football helmet on return to work

Hillary Clinton was presented with a personalised American football jersey and helmet on her return to work yesterday.

Hillary Clinton holds a personalised American football jersey. Credit: Handout

The Secretary of State, 65, had been absent for a month after suffering from a stomach virus, a concussion and a blood clot in her head.

Clinton holds an American football helmet adorned with the State Department logo. Credit: Handout

Hillary Clinton to return to work today

Hillary Clinton will return to work today following treatment for a blood clot Credit: Reuters

Hillary Clinton will resume her duties as the US Secretary of State today, five days after being released from hospital for treatment of a blood clot.

The State Department confirmed that 65-year-old Clinton will sit down with assistant secretaries of state for a closed-door meeting at 09:15am (14:15 GMT).

This will start a week long schedule of just under a dozen meetings, including three at the White House.

Her doctors say they expect a full recovery, following a series of ailments over the last month.

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