Hopes for heading off a default and ending a US federal government shutdown grew today after encouraging comments from the congressional leaders at the centre of the discussions.
The stock market turned positive on the optimistic predictions of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid for the Democrats and Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell for the Republicans.
President Barack Obama postponed a meeting with the congressional leaders planned for today to allow their discussions to continue uninterrupted.
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A fine day across the UK - with Scotland and Northern Ireland also getting a look in on the sunshine.
People are still trapped under rubble - and the mayor of one town says "half of it is gone".
The 21-year-old was killed and a 30-year-old British man is fighting for his life after allegedly being stabbed by a French tourist.