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U.S. government shutdown

Republican Senator from Texas Ted Cruz (C) delivers remarks about his disapproval of a deal reached in the US Senate to end the government shutdown and avoid a possible US default, on Capitol Hill in Washington DC, USA, 16 October 2013. A bipartisan group of lawmakers have been working to negotiate an end to the partial shutdown of the federal government and raise the nation's debt ceiling before a 17 October deadline. EPA/MICHAEL REYNOLDS

U.S. government shutdown

The government reopened its doors Thursday, October 17th after a battle-weary Congress approved a bipartisan measure to end a 16-day partial shutdown and avert the possibility of an economy-jarring default on U.S. obligations.

Early Thursday, President Barack Obama signed the measure, which the House and Senate passed late Wednesday, ending a brawl with Republicans who tried to use the must-pass legislation to mount a last-ditch effort to derail the president's landmark health care law and demand concessions on the budget. (AP)