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Detroit files for bankruptcy with debts of $15bn

19 July 2013 Last updated at 22:43 BST

The US city of Detroit in Michigan has become the largest American city ever to file for bankruptcy, with debts of at least $15bn (£10bn).

State-appointed emergency manager Kevyn Orr asked a federal judge to place the city into bankruptcy protection.

Michelle Fleury reports.