U.S. Senate leader 'confident' lawmakers can resolve fiscal crisis
More talks have been held in Washington to try to end a dispute between the Democratic and Republican parties, which has led to a partial shutdown of the U.S. government.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said he held cordial, but ultimately fruitless telephone talks Sunday with Republican Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.
The two sides agree the debt ceiling should be raised and the government reopen, but they remain at loggerheads over the terms for doing so, including the duration of the debt ceiling increase and levels of funding for the government.
Unless the deadlock is resolved by Thursday, there are fears the U.S. could default on its debts.
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