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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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US Senate Democratic leader cautious over debt plan

US Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has expressed caution about a short-term debt ceiling increase plan that Republicans in the House of Representatives are working on aimed at ending a budget crisis in Washington.

Reid told reporters after he and other Senate Democrats met with President Barack Obama at the White House that he had yet to see details of the Republican plan.

"Let's wait and see what the House does," Reid said.

He stressed that Democrats will not negotiate on budget issues with Republicans unless a 10-day government shutdown is ended, adding, "Not going to happen."

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