Obama urges Congress to end government shutdown

Republicans in the House of Representatives has chosen to shut down the government over a healthcare law they do not like, said President Obama in his weekly address.

Mr Obama urged the Congress to pass a budget that funds the government, with "no partisan strings attached".

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US military protest shutdown

Hundreds of US military veterans gathered in Washington, DC, to demand that the country's war memorials are reopened. The memorials have been temporarily closed as a result of the federal government shutdown.