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President Barack Obama appeals for US debt agreement

The US Congress has split along party lines as it seeks a solution to an ongoing deadlock over raising the nation's debt limit.

The House of Representatives passed a Republican bill proposed by Speaker John Boehner, but that was quickly killed by the Democratic-led Senate.

Senate leader Harry Reid is now seeking a vote on a rival plan he proposed.

Speaking in his weekly address to the nation, President Obama called on Republicans and Democrats to resolve their differences.

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