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World Bank president Jim Yong Kim departs at the end of a final news conference following the annual IMF-World Bank meetings in Washington. Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

The International Monetary Fund’s policy committee has said the US needs to take “urgent action” to address the impasse over the debt ceiling.Amid me(...)

John Zangas, who identified himself as a federal employee, protests against the current government shutdown at the US Capitol in Washington yesterday. Photograph: Reuters.

The White House has urged Republicans to put to a vote a budget reopening the US government – without conditions attached delaying President Barack Ob(...)

A World War Two veteran tours the World War Two Memorial in Washington yesterday.  The memorial is technically closed due to the government shutdown, but was opened on Tuesday and yesterday for visiting veteran groups. Photograph: Reuters

The second World War memorial in Washington has become a beachhead in the fightback against political paralysis on Capitol Hill and the government shu(...)

A baby sleeps in front of a sign indicating the closure of the Smithsonian National Zoological Park on the first day of a government shutdown in Washington yesterday.

The first US government shutdown in 17 years had been coming for some time, since 2010 in fact when the Democrats lost control of the House of Represe(...)

US president Barack Obama delivers a speech on the implementation of the Affordable Care Act in the  White House  yesterday. Photograph: Jason Reed/Reuters

US president Barack Obama and fellow Democrats traded barbs with Republicans over who was to blame for the first US shutdown in 17 years.The running d(...)

The US Capitol  in Washington, DC ahead of the  US government getting set for its first partial shutdown in 17 years at midnight US time last night.  Photograph: Joshua Roberts/Bloomberg

The US government began to shut down last night for the first time in 17 years as Democrats and Republicans failed to agree a budget in a bitter row o(...)

US President Barack Obama finishes a statement to the media about the government shutdown in the briefing room of the White House in Washington last night. Obama said  the government shutdown was entirely preventable and accused Republicans in the House of Representatives of manufacturing a crisis that would hurt the economy and citizens across the country. Photograph: Larry Downing/Reuters

What’s happening in Washington?Torn apart by political wrangling between Democrats and far-right Republicans, Congress was unable to agree a short-ter(...)

Republicans attempt to unravel the biggest legislative win of Barack Obama’s presidency. Photograph: Win McNamee/Getty Images

The US has a matter of hours to avoid a government shutdown after Republicans pressed ahead with their attempt to unravel the biggest legislative win (...)

U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) speaks to the press after leaving the Senate Chamber after a marathon attack on “Obamacare,” at the US Capitol in Washington. Photograph: Reuters

The US treasury department has warned Congress it will run out of cash by mid-October and face a first-time default on its debts if lawmakers do not v(...)

President Obama is expected to meet congressional leaders after the Senate votes on the Bill, which could come as late as Sunday

The White House and Senate Democratic leader have refused to bow to a Republican demand to strip US president Barack Obama’s signature healthcare law (...)

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