US shutdown talks stall ahead of deadline

Talks between Congressional Republicans and Democrats aimed at averting another US government shutdown have broken down without agreement.

The negotiators were loping for a deal by today to give congress time to pass legislation by Friday, when last month’s federal funding deal runs out.

The disagreement centres on President Donald Trump’s insistence on a bill that funds a US-Mexican border wall.

The previous shutdown, lasting 35 days was the longest in us history.

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