White House spokesman Jay Carney
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White House closes embassies 'out of caution'

6 August 2013 Last updated at 00:52 BST

Intercepted conversations between two senior al-Qaeda figures prompted the US to shut embassies in North Africa and the Middle East, American media report.

The talk, involving top leader Ayman al-Zawahiri, represented one of the most serious plots against American and Western interests since the 9/11 attacks, the New York Times says.

White House spokesman Jay Carney earlier said the closures were "out of an abundance of caution".