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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.

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Obama is willing to sign 'clean' debt ceiling bill

President Barack Obama is willing to sign a "clean" bill to raise the US debt ceiling - one that does not include policy demands - but it is not yet clear what House Republicans are proposing, White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters.

White House press secretary Jay Carney. Credit: REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

"The President is happy that cooler heads at least seem to be prevailing in the House," Mr Carney said, responding to news that House Republicans are working on a short-term extension of the debt ceiling.

"We haven't seen a bill yet," Mr Carney added.

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