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Senate agree US debt bill

The US Senate has passed a bill to raise the debt ceiling and avoid a potential default. It will now be sent to the House of Representatives for a final vote. President Obama has said he will sign the bill "immediately" after the House vote.

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Obama postpones meeting with leaders on debt ceiling

US President Barack Obama's meeting with congressional leaders set for later today has been postponed, the White House said.

US President Barack Obama was due to meet congressional leaders later today. Credit: REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

A White House spokesperson said the meeting has been postponed to allow Senate leaders to "continue making important progress" towards a solution on the debt ceiling and reopening the government.

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