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A padlocked chain on a gate interrupted the daily after-school ritual of playing in one of Lincoln Park’s two playgrounds during the shut-down...until an unlocked gate was found.

From lockdown to shutdown – little Amy Rose Carswell has experienced the extremes of American policing and politics more than most Irish three-year-ol(...)

Texas Republican senator Ted Cruz  leaves after speaking following a meeting  of his party caucus on Wednesday. Photograph: Getty Images

Fresh from his victory this week, which saw congressional Republicans unconditionally surrender over the government shutdown after 16 days, President (...)

The Korean War Veterans’ Memorial in Washington DC was reopened to the public yesterday as the White House moved quickly to get the government running after a 16-day shutdown. Photograph: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

There was a bizarre moment late on Wednesday night as the House of Representatives voted on a Senate deal to end the 16-day United States government s(...)

Visitors walk through the Korean War Veterans Memorial in Washington, DC, after the facility reopened. Photograph: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

Hundreds of thousands of US federal staff began returning to work today as Congress reopened the US government and signed off on more borrowing so the(...)

Reporters gather around US senator Ted Cruz as he announces he will not filibuster, after a Republican Senate caucus meeting at the US Capitol in Washington. Mr Cruz, the new Texas senator and the Tea Party favourite who led the charge to make healthcare reforms central to the budget talks, lashed out at all comers yesterday after the Senate compromise. Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

What happened in Washington last night? US Congress passed a deal brokered by Democratic and Republican leaders in the Senate yesterday on a sh(...)

Members of the House of Representatives leave the US Capitol last night. The US Congress voted to halt the 16-day government shutdown and raise the US debt limit, ending the nation’s fiscal impasse. Photograph: Pete Marovich/Bloomberg

The US Congress has passed a Senate-negotiated bill to end the government shutdown and raise the country’s borrowing limit, averting a potentially cat(...)

Young people protest against budget cuts to social welfare outside Leinster House in Dublin. Assistant general secretary of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions Sally Anne Kinahan described cuts to jobseeker benefits for young people as “extraordinarily harsh”. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Between 20,000 and 30,000 jobs could be lost as a result of measures in Tuesday’s budget, the trade union-backed Nevin Institute has said. Institute d(...)

Religious leaders pray outside the Capitol on Wednesday, the 16th day of the government shutdown in Washington. Photograph: Doug Mills/The New York Times

The Democratic and Republican leaders of the Senate struck a deal to end the 16-day US government shutdown and avert a looming historic debt default a(...)

A cleaner dusts a statue of Alexander Hamilton, a founding father of the US, in the Rotunda on Capitol Hill in Washington yesterday as the US government shutdown entered a third week. Photograph: Joshua Roberts/Reuters

A possible congressional deal to avert a default after the United States reaches a debt limit tomorrow fell apart yesterday as Senate Democrats and th(...)

Senate minority Leader Mitch McConnell leaves the Senate floor in Washington. Democratic and Republican leaders in the Senate were close late last night to an agreement that would increase the nation’s borrowing authority and provide enough money to operate the government until the end of the year. Photograph: Gabriella Demczuk/The New York Times

US Senate leaders are poised to reach an agreement as early as today to bring a halt to the fiscal standoff, and now must race the clock to sell the p(...)

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