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October 8, 2021: U.S. debt ceiling, Trump, Biden, Texas abortion ban, North Korea

Reuters, 08 Oct 2021
October 8, 2021: U.S. debt ceiling, Trump, Biden, Texas abortion ban, North Korea

1. The U.S. Senate approved legislation to temporarily raise the federal government's $28.4 trillion debt limit and avoid the risk of a historic default this month, but put off until early December a decision on a longer-lasting remedy.

2. A review by U.S. Senate Democrats of Donald Trump's attempt to use the Justice Department to overturn his 2020 election defeat provided new details about an official's bid to push out the acting attorney general to advance Trump's false claims.

3. President Joe Biden will restore the boundaries of three American nature reserves, known as national monuments, that were reduced in size by former President Donald Trump to allow commercial activity, the White House said.

4. A day after a federal judge blocked Texas' near-total abortion ban, at least one provider in the state said it had resumed services for patients seeking to terminate pregnancies beyond the law's limit of about six weeks.

5. North Korea's food situation remains perilous according to analysts and a United Nations expert who raised doubts this week about its harvest, and there are signs that it is receiving large shipments of humanitarian aid from China.

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