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US shutdown begins as Senate fails to pass new budget
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The US government has begun a federal shutdown after the Senate failed to agree on a new budget.

Despite last minute bipartisan meetings, the bill to fund the government until 16 February did not receive the required 60 votes.

It is the first shutdown ever to happen while the same party, the Republicans, controls Congress and the White House.

In response, the White House accused Democrats of holding "lawful citizens hostage over their reckless demands".

Read more: BBC News
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