Obama hails US budget deal

Barack Obama has hailed a deal to avoid a "fiscal cliff" of stark tax hikes and spending cuts. The US House of Representatives backed the bill by 257 votes to 167.

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Starbucks to urge US politicians to avoid 'fiscal cliff'

Starbucks will use its coffee cups to encourage US politicians to strike a deal and prevent the American economy from going over the so-called 'fiscal cliff' in the New Year.

Its chief executive Howard Schultz is urging workers in around 120 Starbucks shops in the American capital Washington to write "come together" on customers' cups today and tomorrow.

Starbucks will write "come together" on cups of coffee sold around the Capitol buildings Credit: Johnny Green/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The campaign aims to send a message to Senate politicians as government negotiations continue to avoid tax increases and huge spending cuts.

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