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U.S. Government shuts down as healthcare deadlock presists

(Reuters) – Up to one million federal workers were thrown temporarily out of work on Tuesday as the U.S. government partially shut down for the first time in 17 years in a standoff between President Barack Obama and congressional Republicans over healthcare reforms.

US stock markets recover losses in spite of federal shutdown

US stock markets recovered their losses Tuesday morning even as the biggest government shutdown in close to 20 years began.

Migrant ‘dreamers’ held after attempting to return to US

Thirty-four young migrants are in US custody after trying to enter the United States without documents in the latest round of what is becoming a new tactic in confronting what they consider unjust US immigration policies.

South Korea unveils cruise missile in military show of force

South Korea has displayed a domestically built missile capable of hitting all parts of North Korea and other sophisticated weapons at the country’s biggest Armed Forces Day ceremony in a decade.

US diplomats expelled from Venezuela for conspiring with ‘extreme right’

President Nicolás Maduro announced on Monday the expulsion of the top US diplomat in Venezuela and two other embassy employees for allegedly conspiring with “the extreme right” to sabotage the economy and power grid.

Syrian jihadists wreak havoc as violence spreads into Iraq

From his desert compound near the green banks of the Euphrates river, Ahmed Abu Risha has been nervously watching as the jihadists he helped oust from Iraq with the help of the US army once again grow in strength all around him.

Colorado rock slide kills five hikers

Five hikers were killed by a rock slide on a trail in south-central Colorado on Monday, and another was pulled out with injuries and flown to a hospital, authorities said.

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