News 11 february — 12:10

US shutdown talks stall ahead of deadline

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Negotiators had also been looking at between $1.3bn and $2bn in funding for Mr Trump's proposed border wall, a long way off the $5.7bn the president has been demanding, reports said, BBC reports.

On Sunday, lead Republican negotiator Senator Richard Shelby told Fox News that he was "not confident we're going to get there".

"I'll say 50-50 we get a deal," he said, adding: "The spectre of a shutdown is always out there."

However one of the Democratic negotiators, Jon Tester, said he remained hopeful a deal could be reached in time to avoid a new shutdown.

"It is a negotiation. Negotiations seldom go smooth all the way through," he told Fox News Sunday.

On 25 January President Trump agreed to a three-week spending deal to end the shutdown and allow Congress to reach agreement.

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