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Western and Arab foreign ministers have agreed to recognise the Libyan rebels’ National Transitional Council as the country’s legitimate governing authority. The US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said the rebel council had given important guarantees on transparency and democratic reform. Kim Ghattas reports from Washington.
Most of the country’s political leaders agree that the debt ceiling must be raised and that this protracted debate is not good for economic confidence. But after long hours of meetings and with various competing solutions on the table, a deal is still not in sight. Barack Obama said he wanted to see the logjam broken in the next couple of days and urged members of Congress to think in ambitious terms.