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US federal services face shutdown over healthcare row

30 September 2013 Last updated at 04:33 BST

The US government is facing a looming deadline to avert a shutdown of federal services amid political divisions over President Obama's healthcare law.

On Sunday, the Republican-run House of Representatives voted to pull the law's funding, raising chances of a shutdown.

The government needs to agree a new policy-wide spending bill before the US fiscal year ends at midnight on Monday.

If it fails, non-essential federal services face closure, with employees sidelined or left working without pay.

Samira Hussain reports from New York, where many monuments and museums could be closed to visitors.