The partial shutdown of the US government failed to spook markets overnight, with stock indexes rising around the world. Analysts say significant damage to the US economy is unlikely unless the shutdown lasts more than a few days.
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New Zealand First leader Winston Peters spoke at a pre-election business conference in Wellington on Wednesday and talked about debt levels. He called the glow of the Pre-Election Fiscal Update results an illusion and warned that the next financial shock is imminent. (Video/NZN)
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President Donald Trump is blaming the media for the widespread condemnation of his response to a Charlottesville, Virginia, protest organized by white supremacists that led to the killing of a counter-protester. Source: AP