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Senate majority leader Harry Reid and minority leader Mitch McConnell have taken charge of trying to hammer out the solution to the budget and debt delling crisis, but at least publicly seem to have made no progress. Meanwhile, International Monetary Fund head Christine Lagarde is warning a US default could have significant effects on the world economy. NPR's Dan Bobkoff, reports.
Lagarde calls uncertainty of the US debt celling very concerning, telling NBC's Meet the Press, that the potential for a US default, push the world economic recovery at risk.
"If there is that degree of disruption. That lack of certainty, that lack of trust, in the US signature, it would mean massive disruption the world over. "
Legarde says there has been significant improvement as they've laid in the economies of the US, Europe and Japan, but the US default could tip the world into a recession like resound 2008. She also criticized any alternative to raising the debt limit, saying create of accounting is not the answer. Dan Bobkoff, NPR News.
Several national parks shutter since the government shutdown are reopening as states use their own funds to run them. But Florida is bucking the trend. As NPR's Greg Allen reports from Miami Florida's governor says no state money can be used to reopen Everglades national park despites protests.
A flotilla of fishing guides held protest in the waters just outside Florida bay. Some 800 square miles of the bay are part of Everglades national park, enclosed because of the shutdown. The guides said the closure is a finanical burden, halting light tackle fishing for redfish, snook and tarpon. The federal government says it will allow states feeling the pinch of shutdown to reopen national park, using state money. Florida governor Rick Scott has rejected that option. His office released a memo instructing all state agencies, that no accounting measures or other budget actions can be taken to offset the loss of federal funds. In addition to the national park, the shutdown has cut funding in Florida for nutritional programs and assistance to needy families, veterans and schools. Greg Allen NPR News, Miami.
The Syrian national council, the largest group in the Syrian opposition coalition, says it won't participate and propose peace talks this weekend in Geneva to end the country's civil war, and as the BBC's James Munro reports the head of the group George Sabra says the SNC will pull out of the coalition if it takes part.
The statement came as the US secretary of state John Kerry was preparing to meet the special United Nations and Arab League peace envoy, Lakhdar Brahimi, in London tomorrow. The UN, Russia and America all hope to organize the talks in Gevena by mid November. While the Syrian regime, ally to the Russians, has said it's ready to go. George Sabra's declaration underlined the task facing the Americans trying to get a unified and creditable opposition delegation to take part.
The BBC's James Munro.
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Anti-immigrant demonstrations or migrant demonstrations in Moscow turned violent today as protesters vandalized stores, that employed migrant workers from the Caucasus region. The protesters are demanding justice over the killing of a young ethnic Russian, a murder widely blamed on a man from the Caucasus.
In eastern India, cyclone Pailin has left trail of flooded towns, tangled powerlines and tens of thousands of destroyed houses. So far at least 15 deaths have been reported. Authorities say the death toll would have been far higher, had it not been for a massive evacuation before Pailin rolled ashore.
Israel is reimposing a ban on private shipments of cement to Gaza, NPR's Emily Harris reports today's move comes after a concrete reinforce tunnel was discovered. That runs from the Gaza Strip into Israel.
The tunnel is tall enough to stand in, concrete arches reinforce the ceiling and it's wired for electricity and has a phone line. An Israeli military spokesman says shovels and other building tools were found inside along with food wrappers, indicating work had been gone on for months. Israeli officials believe this passage would have been used for some kind of attack in the future. In response, Israel has stopped allowing private merchants to bring cement into Gaza. Private sells of cement from Israel to Gaza had just begun three weeks ago, after being prohibited for six years. Emily Harry, NPR News, Jerusalem.
Pulitzer Prize winning, novelist Oscar Hijuelos has died. The Cuban American writer often wrote about the losses and triumphs of the Cuban immigrant experience. He won the Pulitzer in 1990 for his novel, "The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love" . He is the first Hispanic writer to receive the honor. Hijuelos was 62.
I'm Barbara Klein, NPR News in Washington.