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Detroit files for bankruptcy

The city of Detroit in the United States has become the largest American city to file for bankruptcy. It has debts of more than £11 billion.

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Detroit Mayor: Bankruptcy decision was 'very difficult'

The Mayor of Detroit said the decision to file for bankruptcy protection was "very difficult", adding, "If it's going to make the citizens better off then this is a new start for us".

Mayor Dave Bing told a news conference: "This is a very, very difficult day for me, as I'm sure it is for a lot of our citizens here in the city of Detroit.

The Mayor of Detroit Dave Bing at a news conference today. Credit: RTV

"When I took office over four years ago, I said Detroit was in a financial crisis and we tried to work our way through this situation over the last four years but it has been very, very difficult.

"As tough as this is, I really didn't want to go in this direction, but now that we are here, we have to make the best of it".

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