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Business 05 Oct 2013 | 10:41 PM

Obama calls impact of government shutdown 'heartbreaking'

WASHINGTON: Saying the U.S. government shutdown was having a "heartbreaking" impact on ordinary Americans, President Barack Obama on Saturday renewed his call on congressional Republicans to end the five-day stalemate and pass a funding bill without conditions.

Business 07 Oct 2013 | 12:00 AM

Stocks to see more volatility this week

NEW YORK: US stocks are likely to face another week of rising turbulence as efforts to settle the budget dispute in Washington drag on, leaving investors worried about the more critical issue of raising the US debt ceiling. The budget impasse has led to a partial US government shutdown for the past several days, already longer than many investors had expected.

Community 07 Oct 2013 | 12:00 AM

Firm unveils mascot to encourage kids to drink water

MOST parents find it a challenge to get their children to drink enough water in a day.

Economy 07 Oct 2013 | 10:26 AM

House speaker says US on path to default

Republican House Speaker John Boehner vowed on Sunday not to raise the US debt ceiling without a "serious conversation" about what is driving the debt, while Democrats said it was irresponsible and reckless to raise the possibility of a US default.

Business 07 Oct 2013 | 12:44 PM

KLCI marginally lower, key Asian markets drop

KUALA LUMPUR: The FBM KLCI was unable to hold on to its gains at midday on Monday amid volatile trading due to a lack of follow-through buying, reflecting the cautious key Asian markets as the US government shutdown lingers on.

Football 07 Oct 2013 | 7:37 PM

Portugal call up defender Sereno for injured Alves

LISBON (Reuters) - Portugal have called up center back Sereno to replace the injured Bruno Alves for the World Cup Group F qualifying matches against Israel on Friday and Luxembourg four days later.

Football 08 Oct 2013 | 2:17 AM

Fer, Verhauegh called up to Dutch squad

(Reuters) - Netherlands have recalled Norwich City midfielder Leroy Fer and German-based defender Paul Verhaegh after three players dropped out of coach Louis van Gaal's World Cup squad on Monday.

World 08 Oct 2013 | 2:56 AM

Factbox - When could the debt ceiling put the United States in default?

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States is careening toward what could be a calamitous default on its debt because of political dysfunction in Washington. The U.S. Treasury has said it will hit the nation's $16.7 trillion debt cap by October 17.

World 08 Oct 2013 | 3:00 AM

Exclusive: Obama climate adviser Zichal to step down - officials

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama's top adviser on energy and climate change, Heather Zichal, plans to step down in the next few weeks after five years at the White House, senior administration officials said on Monday.

World 08 Oct 2013 | 3:45 AM

Norway's Conservatives clinch coalition deal

SUNDVOLLEN, Norway (Reuters) - Norway's centre-right parties agreed on the terms of their coalition government on Monday, promising to lower taxes, reduce the economy's reliance on the vast oil sector, invest heavily in infrastructure and curtail immigration.