The U.S. government shutdown entered its second week, with no end in sight. The shutdown was triggered when Congress failed to pass a budget because of a disagreement over healthcare reforms. Meanwhile, the debate over raising the country's debt-ceiling has started heating up. U.S. President Barack Obama warned that a default caused by not increasing the debt-limit could be devastating but that he wouldn't accept an increase with partisan strings attached. On Thursday, Republicans offered a plan that would postpone the possible default for several more weeks.