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Chris Stevens, US ambassador to Libya, killed in Benghazi attack

The US ambassador in Libya and three other embassy staff were killed in a rocket attack after the diplomat’s car was targeted in the eastern city of Benghazi, it was confirmed on Wednesday.

Chicago teachers strike: no end in sight as schools stay closed for third day

Chicago teachers stayed away from public schools for a third day on Wednesday in a strike over Mayor Rahm Emanuel‘s demand for tough teacher evaluations that US education reform advocates see as crucial to fixing urban schools.

House speaker Boehner ‘not confident’ US can avoid credit rating downgrade

Republican House speaker John Boehner has said he’s “not confident at all” that the US can reach a budget deal to avert the so-called “fiscal cliff” economists have warned could plunge the US back into recession.

Romney election triumph would sink US reputation in Europe, poll finds

The reputation of the US in Europe risks sinking back to Bush-era levels of unpopularity if Mitt Romney becomes president, according to new international polling published on Tuesday.

Analysis: Obama, Netanyahu both find themselves in a tight spot

(Reuters) – Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu appear to have landed in a place neither wanted to be: squabbling about Iran, in public, ahead of a U.S. presidential election.

German court removes hurdle to euro zone bailout fund

(Reuters) – Germany’s Constitutional Court gave a green light on Wednesday for the country to ratify Europe’s new bailout fund, boosting hopes that the single currency bloc is finally putting in place the tools to resolve its three-year old debt crisis.

News Of Foreign Service Officer’s Death Breaks Over Gaming Community

Word of foreign service officer Sean Smith’s death in Benghazi, Libya, first broke in the online gaming world, where he was an avid player. The State Department confirmed Wednesday morning that he had been killed in an attack on the consulate Tuesday.

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