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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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Senate Republican leader 'confident' deal will pass

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell has said he is "confident" that both chambers of Congress will agree a deal to avert the US debt crisis before the end of the day.

He told the Senate it had been a "long, challenging few weeks for Congress and for the country".

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