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US embassies to shut on Sunday over 'security threat'

2 August 2013 Last updated at 11:30 BST

The US will close a number of embassies and consulates, mostly in the Middle East, on Sunday in response to an unspecified threat, officials say.

A state department spokeswoman said the order applied to any embassy or consulate normally open on Sunday.

In the Muslim world, Sunday is a work day. In other parts of the world US diplomatic offices are closed on Sunday.

Gordon Corera reports.

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