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Obama celebrates 50th birthday amid US economic woes

US President Barack Obama has been celebrating his 50th birthday amid the country's increasing economic troubles.

Despite the just-ended federal debt dispute, latest figures show the US suffered more job losses in July than in the last 16 months and consumer confidence is at an all-time low.

Friday's unemployment figures are expected to bring further bad news.

Mark Mardell reports from Washington.

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