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News of the week in pictures - Oct. 4

U.S. government shutdown



A partisan standoff over healthcare brought the U.S. government to a halt after lawmakers were unable to reach an agreement to approve a budget. With the proposed budget, Republicans in Congress demanded a one-year delay on parts of the Affordable Care Act, also know as "Obamacare." This is the first shutdown in 17 years and has put hundreds of thousands of federal employees out of work indefinitely. (© © Kevin Lamarque - Reuters)
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  • A partisan standoff over healthcare brought the U.S. government to a halt after lawmakers were unable to reach an agreement to approve a budget. With the proposed budget, Republicans in Congress demanded a one-year delay on parts of the Affordable Care Act, also know as "Obamacare." This is the first shutdown in 17 years and has put hundreds of thousands of federal employees out of work indefinitely. (© © Kevin Lamarque - Reuters)
  • Capitol Hill was in lockdown on Thursday after a car chase ended in gunfire. The chase began near the White House when a car reportedly tried to ram through a barrier and then sped off. One police officer was struck by the car and brought to hospital. The woman driving the car was shot and pronounced dead soon after the incident. A child who was also in the car was taken into protective custody. (© © Gary Cameron - Reuters)
  • As Kenya mourned the 67 victims of the September 21 terrorist attack at the Westgate shopping centre in Nairobi, authorities said they had arrested 10 suspects. The attack, carried out by Somali Islamist militant group al-Shabaab said the attack was "just the premiere of Act 1" and suggested it would be followed by more violence. (© © Goran Tomasevic - Reuters)
  • More than 300 people drowned or were missing and feared dead after a boat packed with African migrants caught fire and sank off the southern Italian island of Lampedusa on Thursday. The incident is one of the worst disasters of Europe's chronic immigration crisis. (© © Reuters)
  • In Brazil, indigenous people demonstrated against a proposed constitutional amendment that would change the rules for demarcation of indigenous lands. According to the organizers, the protest is part of the National Indigenous Mobilization, with events in various parts of Brazil from September 30 to October 5, to defend the territorial rights of the indigenous population against the government, agribusiness and large mining and energy companies. (© © Ueslei Marcelino - Reuters)
  • In war-ravaged Syria, a team of international weapons inspectors has started with the first steps to dismantle the country's chemical weapons. Seen here, a Free Syrian Army fighter carries his weapon as he walks down the stairs of the damaged former Immigration and Passport building in Aleppo on October 2, 2013. (© © Hamid Khatib - Reuters)
  • Greek police arrested the leader and more than a dozen senior members and lawmakers from the far-right Golden Dawn party on September 28 after the killing of an anti-fascist rapper by a party supporter triggered outrage and protests across the country. Here, extreme-right Golden Dawn party lawmaker Ilias Panagiotaros is escorted by anti-terrorism police officers as he arrives at a courthouse in Athens. (© © Giorgos Moutafis - Reuters)
  • Russian prosecutors charged 14 people, including Greenpeace activists and a British journalist with piracy, which carries a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison. The activists were apprehended while protesting offshore oil drilling in the Arctic. Seen here, Greenpeace activist Anthony Perrett from Britain looks out from a defendants' box at a district court in Murmansk September 29, 2013. (© © Sergei Eshchenko - Reuters)
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A partisan standoff over healthcare brought the U.S. government to a halt after lawmakers were unable to reach an agreement to approve next year's budget. The standoff came as Republicans in Congress demanded a one-year delay on key parts of the Affordable Care Act, also know as "Obamacare." This is the first shutdown in 17 years and has put hundreds of thousands of federal employees out of work indefinitely.  

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