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Bill sets the stage for Hillary's 2016 White House bid

Former US president Bill Clinton's speech to the Democratic National Convention on Wednesday night served as a high-energy validation of Barack Obama's policies — and may also have started setting the stage for another White House bid by his wife, Hillary.

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Putin refuses to shift pro-Assad stance

President Vladimir Putin signalled in an interview aired yesterday that Russia was not ready to shift its stance on Syria, and suggested Western nations were relying on groups such as al Qaeda to help drive President Bashar al-Assad from power.

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Obama uses speech to fire up supporters

President Barack Obama pronounced himself eager to go before the Democratic National Convention and the nation to share his vision for the future in a speech designed not just to persuade undecided voters but to put fire in the belly of his supporters.

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