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Obama invites Republicans to talks as debt ceiling looms

US House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) arrives at the US Capital Building 9 October 2013
House Speaker Boehner said he and other Republicans would meet Mr Obama on Thursday
President Barack Obama has invited Republican congressmen for talks over the ongoing government shutdown and the looming borrowing limit.

The move comes nine days after the US government partially closed when Congress could not agree a budget.

Mr Obama has demanded Republicans raise the borrowing limit and reopen the government before he will negotiate future fiscal policy.

The US risks default if the borrowing limit is not raised by 17 October.

On Wednesday, a spokesman for Republican House Speaker John Boehner said he and several other senior Republicans in the House of Representatives would meet Mr Obama on Thursday.

Mr Obama has said he is willing to hold talks with the Republicans on “every item in the budget”.

But he says he will not negotiate until Republicans…

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