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With no deal in sight, US Congress faces looming government shutdown

The Republican-controlled Senate's bid to avert a US government shutdown, is teetering on the brink of collapse, as it races against a midnight deadline. The House of Representatives voted on Thursday night for a budget bill, to extend funding until next month. However, the Upper Chamber is set for a nail-biting vote, with Republicans and Democrats still split on 'immigration'. President Donald Trump invited Democratic Senate Leader Chuck Schumer to the White House for last-ditch talks.

Emerging about an hour later, Mr Schumer told reporters "some progress" had been made, but a "good number of disagreements" remained. Democrats are demanding that the bill include protections for hundreds of thousands of young undocumented immigrants, but Republicans have so far refused.