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Nigeria virus lockdown pushes Lagos poor to the brink

Lagos - A large crowd jostled and cheered in the poor district of Alimosho in Nigeria's megacity Lagos as the doors of a lorry swung open to reveal hundreds of sacks of food.

Nigeria orders lockdown in Lagos, Abuja over virus

Abuja - Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday ordered the "cessation of all movements" for two weeks in the largest city Lagos and capital Abuja to stop the spread of coronavirus.

Trump says not 'happy' with border deal but shutdown unlikely

Washington - President Donald Trump indicated Tuesday that he will walk back his threat to shut the government even if he does not get all the money he has demanded for building a wall along the US-Mexican border.

Deal in principle reached to avoid new US government shutdown

Washington - US lawmakers have reached an agreement in principle to avoid a new government shutdown at the end of the week, senators announced Monday, including $1.375 billion for a wall on the southern US border.

Trump climbs down in wall row, Congress passes bill ending shutdown

Washington - President Donald Trump said Friday he will temporarily end the longest government shutdown in US history, while dropping his previous insistence on immediate funding for wall construction along the Mexican border.

Backlash as billionaire cabinet member dismisses US shutdown hardship

Washington - Donald Trump's billionaire commerce secretary fueled accusations Thursday that the US administration was deaf to the impact of the government shutdown after saying he didn't understand why some federal workers were turning to food banks.

Dueling plans to end US shutdown fail in Senate, talks resume

Washington - The US Senate on Thursday blocked dueling plans to reopen shuttered federal agencies, a fresh setback in efforts to end a month-long government shutdown, but President Donald Trump signaled he could back a "reasonable" proposal that includes border sec...

Trump and Pelosi again butt heads but others see possible paths

Washington - US President Donald Trump bitterly attacked top Democrat Nancy Pelosi on Sunday and she again insisted that he end the government shutdown before border security talks can begin, but there were hints of possible movement.

Op-Ed: Get ready for President Trump's big announcement on Saturday

President Donald Trump says he’ll make a “major announcement” on the four-week-long government shutdown and the southern border on Saturday afternoon - and if people are smart, they will take whatever he says with a grain of salt.

Trump grounds House speaker, scraps Davos trip amid shutdown

Washington - US President Donald Trump forced the cancellation Thursday of a trip to Afghanistan by his Democratic opponent Nancy Pelosi, and scrapped administration officials' travel to the Davos forum as a government shutdown plunged Washington deeper into deadlo...

Indigenous communities in U.S. hit hard during shutdown

The fallout from the federal government shutdown is hurting Native Americans as dwindling funds hamper access to health care and other services. The pain is especially deep in tribal communities with high rates of poverty and unemployment.

US shutdown stokes air safety fears

Washington - The partial shutdown of the US government could have serious consequences for air safety, according to unions representing aviation workers, which are calling for an immediate resolution to the budgetary stalemate.

Trump digs in on wall, as shutdown enters week three

Washington - President Donald Trump stood firm Sunday on his demand for billions of dollars to fund a border wall with Mexico, claiming "tremendous" support inside his camp on the contentious issue which has forced a government shutdown now entering its third week....

Trump says 'prepared' to force shutdown for more than a year

Washington - President Donald Trump said Friday he was prepared to keep the US government closed for a year or more, as he stood firm on his contentious demand for billions of dollars to fund a border wall with Mexico.

Trump says build US-Mexico wall or he'll seal border

Washington - President Donald Trump threatened Friday to seal the US-Mexico border "entirely" if Congress does not approve billions of dollars in funding for a wall.

US government shutdown extends into next week

Washington - The US government partial shutdown was set to stretch deep into next week after legislators failed Thursday to make a breakthrough in the row over President Donald Trump's demand for a US-Mexico border wall.

US shutdown could put vast workforce on temporary leave

Washington - Hundreds of thousands of bureaucrats could be sent home if the US government shuts down at midnight Friday, but the military and other crucial functions would continue if previous shutdowns are a guide.

EPA's open data site — The shutdown that's not a shutdown

Washington - The Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) open data website was to be shut down as soon as Friday, April 28, sparking a social media frenzy. This news prompted the EPA to use its Twitter account to reassure people the "rumor" was untrue.

Op-Ed: Judge: Anti-Planned Parenthood group must turn over the evidence

On Friday, a federal judge said that the anti-abortion group attacking Planned Parenthood with heavily edited videos cannot refuse to turn over pieces of evidence by pleading the Fifth Amendment.

New Android malware spies on you even when phone is shut down

Security researchers have discovered a new form of malware attacking Android smartphones that allows hackers to control the device even if it appears completely shut down to the user.

Op-Ed: The government shutdown and American leadership

Washington - How a lack of leadership hurt the American People - When did being a Representative become a license to penalize America's citizens for the representative's own incompetence?

Nation headed for debt crisis

There was no guarantee the nation would avoid having to default on its debt next week after talks between President Obama and House Republicans stalled.

TopFinds: Obama and Boehner continue talks, Dr. Who shows found

US President Barack Obama and Speaker Boehner still at an impasse over the spending bill and ending the government shutdown. Why humans are responsible for shocking dolphin deaths. Missing episodes of Doctor Who found. Welcome to this week's TopFinds.

U.S. shutdown leads to health risks

As US health services, including the FDA, CDC and USDA limp along due to the federal government shutdown, a salmonella outbreak has occurred.

Budget talks break down amid GOP infighting

With President Obama watching from the White House, the struggle to end the shutdown of the government has turned into a battle between Republicans in the House and Senate.

Image of kid at closed zoo goes viral

Quickly spreading across the Web, via sites such as reddit, is a photo of a child holding onto the bars of The National Zoo gate, the "temporarily closed" sign hovering above him. Does this photo best define the fallout of the U.S. government shutdown?

Obama rejects Republican compromise for second day in a row

President Obama has rejected a compromise to protect the debt ceiling from because it is only temporary. Obama spoke after a second day of talks with the GOP.

Amber Alert website down due to government shutdown

The Department of Justice website that provides updates on missing children is currently down “due to the lapse in federal funding.”

TopFinds: Government shutdown rocks U.S., why a Digital Journalist left Turkey

The U.S. government shutdown continues, the first in 17 years. The video game Minecraft is blamed for recent school violence. Read why a Digital Journalist was forced to leave Turkey. Welcome to this week's TopFinds.

Video: Republicans unknowingly talk shutdown strategy on camera

A YouTube video has surfaced with Republican member Rand Paul saying: "I don’t think they’ve poll tested that we won’t negotiate. I think it's awful for them to say that over and over again, " to Mitch McConnell following a CNN interview.
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The US government on the precipice of a Christmastime shutdown
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An illustration depicting the 2013 U.S. government shutdown
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The Amber Alert website from the Department of Justice is shutdown.
The Amber Alert website from the Department of Justice is shutdown.
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