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October 7, 2021: Debt-ceiling, Texas abortion law, Taiwan, Pakistan earthquake, School shooting

Reuters, 07 Oct 2021
October 7, 2021: Debt-ceiling, Texas abortion law, Taiwan, Pakistan earthquake, School shooting

1. The U.S. Senate appeared near to a temporary deal to avert a federal debt default in the next two weeks, after Democrats said they might accept a Republican proposal to defuse the partisan standoff.

2. A federal judge temporarily blocked a near-total ban on abortion in Texas, following a challenge from President Joe Biden's administration after the U.S. Supreme Court let it proceed.

3. Taiwan will ensure regional peace and stability and seeks to work with other like-minded democracies, President Tsai Ing-wen told senior French and Australian dignitaries, days after a dramatic spike in tensions with China.

4. An earthquake of magnitude 5.7 hit southern Pakistan in the early hours of Thursday, killing 20 people, most of them women and children, and injuring about 300, at a time when many victims were asleep, authorities said.

5. Authorities arrested an 18-year-old man in connection with a Texas high school shooting that left four people injured after a fight broke out in a classroom, police said.

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