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It used to be just angry celebrities (and Moses) who wrote open letters. Now, even America's top businesses are taking the president to task, says Clare Dwyer Hogg

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Washington nears US budget deal to avoid new government shutdown

US politicians are closing in on a deal to ease the impact of spending cuts worth up to $200 billion (£122 billion) which are due to hit home next year, it emerged today.

Nelson Mandela dead: Giant laser image of Madiba projected onto Table Mountain, Cape Town

A giant laser image of Nelson Mandela has been projected onto Table Mountain in South Africa in an illuminated tribute to the late leader.

Demonstrators marching towards Government House in Bangkok; an estimated 100,000 protesters flooded the streets

Stalemate in Bangkok: protests go on despite Thai PM Yingluck Shinawatra’s surprise election offer

Analysts say call for early elections is unlikely to satisfy opponents who want to rid country of Shinawatra family's influence

US war veteran detained by North Korea Merrill Newman free to fly home after "apologising"

Merrill Newman, 85, was taken off a plane last month, accused of ordering the deaths of North Koreans during the 1950-3 war.

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World leaders and celebrities to fly to South Africa for Nelson Mandela memorials

Few will want to miss being seen mourning one of the twentieth century’s greatest figures

Nelson Mandela's successors Jacob Zuma (left) and Thabo Mbeki (right) have largely failed to follow his example

Nelson Mandela legacy: What now for the continent he bestrode like a colossus?

He was both an inspiration and a reproach to his fellow African heads of state. But will the great man’s example continue to resonate, now that he is gone?

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Nelson Mandela dead: World leaders mourn former South African president

A statement from Buckingham Palace said today: "The Queen was deeply saddened to learn of the death of Nelson Mandela last night. He worked tirelessly for the good of his country, and his legacy is the peaceful South Africa we see today.

Nelson Mandela dead: South Africa's first black president and anti-apartheid icon dies at 95

South African president Jacob Zuma confirmed the news in a statement saying the nation 'had lost its greatest son'

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Europe’s biggest brothel: it will cost €4.5m and will boast 90 prostitutes

Tony Paterson finds out if it really is easier to open a brothel than a chip shop in Saarbrücken

Ed Balls, left, and Chancellor George Osborne, right, share a lighter moment on ‘The Andrew Marr Show’.

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The Labour leadership needs to add detail to its alternative journey

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President Barack Obama's uncle allowed to stay in the US

Asked about his family, Onyango Obama told the court: 'I do have a nephew. Barack Obama. He's the president of the United States'

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Where are Alastair Campbell and John Scarlett when you need them to rebut this awful tittle-tattle about Tony and Wendi?

Details of the friendship continue to trickle into the public domain

The task force charged with fixing the website that is meant to give Americans access to new insurance policies under Barack Obama’s huge healthcare overhaul claimed that it had largely succeeded while acknowledging that some problems may persist

Obamacare: US healthcare site overhauled in rush to salvage policy – and reputation

Solving technical problems could be paramount to Democrats’ political fortunes

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