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Barack Obama arrives in the East Room of the White House for his first news conference since being re-elected. Photo: AP

Obama stands up for UN ambassador over Benghazi attack

In his first news conference since winning re-election, US President Barack Obama has shown he is ready to go toe-to-toe with Republicans over fallout from the deadly attack on the US consulate in Libya, even as he left open the door to compromise over year-end tax increases.