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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. (© Mike Theiler/Reuters)
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  • 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. (© Mike Theiler/Reuters)
  • In Syria, inspectors charged with dismantling the country's arsenal of chemical weapons say the governement has been cooperative. Meanwhile, the civil war rages on, with anti-Assad activists accursing government forces of shelling civilian areas. (© Malek Alshemali/Reuters)
  • Dozens of people have been killed in the Central Africa Republic after a recent increase in violence between Muslim ex-rebels and local Christian militias. The poor but mineral-rich nation was plunged into chaos when a coalition of rebels ousted longtime president Bozize and took the capital Bangui in March. (© Issouf Sanogo/AFP/Getty Images)
  • Deadly clashes took place around Egypt as rival crowds of supporters of the military and backers of ousted President Mohammed Morsi poured into streets on Sunday, as a holiday marking the anniversary of the last war with Israel turned into a showdown between the country's two rival camps. (© Khalil Hamra/AP Photo)
  • Violence broke out at a demonstration in Brazil, where between 10,000 and 50,000 protesters came out in support of higher salaries for teachers. A small group of protesters threw firebombs at public buildings and vandalized banks. Police in turn used tear gas and rubber bullets. (© REX Features)
  • North Korea said it was putting its army on high alert after the United States moved a group of ships, including an aircraft carrier, into a South Korean port. Intelligence agencies from South Korea also suggested its reclusive northern neighbour had restarted a nuclear reactor. Washington downplayed the threat, saying in a statement that this type of rhetoric is common and counterproductive. (© Jon Chol Jin/AP Photo)
  • Four people were killed and hundreds of thousands were evacuated after Typhoon Fitow hit eastern China, destroying houses and farmlands and closing ports and airports. (© Lang Lang/Reuters)
  • Italy arrested the captain of a boat that sank on Oct. 4 near the island of Lampedusa. The boat was carrying around 500 Eritrean and Somali men, women and children who were seeking a better life in Europe. The captain could be charged with murder and causing a shipwreck. The death toll neared 300 this week, with rough seas making recovery efforts difficult. (© Antonio Parrinello/Reuters)
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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.

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