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"Productive talks" in the US Senate but still no deal over budget and debt limit

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"Productive talks" in the US Senate but still no deal over budget and debt limit


Anger is growing on all sides of the US political divide as the government shutdown continues and the Thursday deadline to raise the debt ceiling grows nearer.

On Sunday it was the turn of US military veterans to protest at a closed World War II memorial, blaming the president for the crisis. They were joined by members of the conservative Tea Party movement .

Up on Capital Hill, the Democratic and Republican leaders in the Senate have held direct talks for the first time in weeks.

Both sides appear in agreement that the government should be reopened and the debt ceiling raised but remain at loggerheads over the terms for doing so.

In the meantime the world looks on in alarm at a possible US government default should the deadline of October 17 pass without a deal.

The shutdown, which began when Congress missed an October 1st deadline to pass a budget, has led to the closure of many iconic landmarks.

However some individual states have agreed to shoulder the costs allowing the Statue of Liberty and Mount Rushmore to re-open for business – unlike most other government run departments.

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