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Obama seeks to end birthplace controversy


The White House has released a longer version of Barack Obama's US birth certificate to try to end a debate within Republican circles that he was not born in the United States.

The new document - a "long-form" birth certificate - confirms what a shorter version has said, that Obama was born in Hawaii on August 4, 1961, but provides a little more information, such as that he was born at Kapiolani Maternity and Gynecological Hospital.

He had also earlier released a standard short form, but requested copies of his original birth certificate from Hawaii officials this week in hopes of quieting the controversy.

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