Hillary Clinton will agree to serve as secretary of state in US President-elect Barack Obama’s cabinet, the New York Times has reported.

The paper quotes two “confidants” as saying Mrs Clinton has decided to quit her Senate position for the job. Mrs Clinton’s office says discussions are “very much on track” but says further reports are premature. But correspondents say some kind of deal between the two former political rivals seems far advanced. The latest report comes after days of speculation on Mrs Clinton’s prospects.

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