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US Elections

Victory in hand, Obama owes debt to Clinton
WASHINGTON — After his stunning re-election victory, President Barack Obama’s first phone call went to the one man who, by dint of passion and eloquence, did more than anyone else to pull him over the top — Bill Clinton.
Re-elected Obama faces countdown to fiscal cliff
WASHINGTON — Barack Obama’s re-election as US president set the stage Wednesday for a fresh political battle over the year-end “fiscal cliff” budget crunch which threatens to force the economy back to recession.
Obama has little time to savor election triumph
WASHINGTON—Fresh from a decisive re-election win, President Barack Obama returns from the campaign trail on Wednesday with little time to savor victory, facing urgent economic challenges, a looming fiscal showdown and a still-divided Congress able to block his every move.
Highlights of election day in the United States
WASHINGTON — The following are highlights of Tuesday’s election in the United States.
Global candidate: Obama was world’s clear choice
LONDON — He won, and the word “phew” trended worldwide on Twitter. Despite a hard-fought campaign in the United States, there was never any contest overseas.
In Middle East, relief not euphoria at Obama win
DUBAI - A tweet from one of Saudi Arabia’s most influential clerics summed up the Middle East’s response to Barack Obama’s re-election:
Obama victory spells trouble for Netanyahu
JERUSALEM - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu faces an even more awkward time with Washington and re-energised critics at home who accused him on Wednesday of backing the loser in the US presidential election.
Republicans gain only 1 governor’s office
ST. LOUIS — Republicans poured tens of millions of dollars into an effort to gain control of more governors’ offices across the U.S., but the party saw limited results, managing only to wrest North Carolina from Democrats for the first time in two decades.
Obama re-election signals new phase in Syria war
ZAATARI, Jordan — Western efforts to oust Syrian President Bashar Assad shifted dramatically Wednesday, with Britain saying it will deal directly with rebel military leaders and Turkey saying NATO members have discussed protecting a safe zone inside Syria with Patriot missiles.
Sudan welcomes Obama win, seeks talks on sanctions
KHARTOUM — Sudan, which the United States lists as a sponsor of terrorism, on Wednesday welcomed the re-election of US President Barack Obama but called for serious talks about ending sanctions.
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