Hillary Clinton celebrates belated Eid with diplomatic corps

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has tonight taken part in a traditional gathering at the State Department to celebrate the end of Ramadan.

"No matter how belated we are honouring Eid and the end of Ramadan, this is a cherished tradition here at the State Department and I would like to thank all of you for being here including the many members of the diplomatic corps.

"Tonight our gathering is more sombre than any of us would like. This comes during sad and difficult days for the State Department family. We lost four Americans, they were good and brave men.

"They were committed to the cause of building a brighter future for the people of Libya and we condemn the violence in the strongest terms. Violence against our posts in Benghazi, in Egypt and now in Yemen."

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Obama's tribute to embassy victims

President Obama has paid tribute to US envoy to Libya Chris Stevens "as everything America could want in an ambassador" as his body and three of his embassy staff were returned to US soil following the attack on the consulate in Benghazi.