WASHINGTON (AP) — With the economy showing signs of weakness at home and abroad, President Barack Obama strongly urged European leaders on Friday to prevent their looming debt crisis from dragging down the rest of the world and asked Congress anew to quickly pass legislation to put construction workers, teachers and others back to work.

“There’s no excuse for not passing these ideas,” the president said, referring to his proposals before Congress.

As for Europe, he said leaders must inject capital into the banking system.

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