Media playback is unsupported on your device

US shutdown: Rising tensions spark White House protest

13 October 2013 Last updated at 22:47 BST

Politicians in Washington have been warned that their failure to agree on America's debt carries serious risks for the global economy.

The head of the IMF Christine Lagarde said a default, which might happen as early as Thursday, could lead to a new worldwide recession.

Protests by members of the public have been taking place outside the White House, as tensions over the shutdown rise.

Mark Mardell reports from Washington.

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.