In the Washington budget impasse Republicans have offered a temporary truce - a short term deal to avert a default on US government bonds. The White House has called the proposal an encouraging sign.
The US ratings agency has warned that failure to raise the country's debt limit by the end of September could have worse consequences than the collapse of Lehman Brothers during the financial crisis.
A first group of refugees from Australian-run Pacific camps are being flown to the United States from Papua New Guinea. For years, rights groups have condemned Canberra’s detention camp practices.
Donald Trump's conflicting remarks on immigration have caused confusion in both Democrat and Republican camps. Trump has been firm in his push for a border wall with Mexico. But the fates of "Dreamers" remains unclear.
Washington's demand that UN nuclear inspectors visit Iranian sites has been dismissed as a "dream" by Tehran. Since its deal with six powers in 2015, the UN's agency has certified Iran as compliant.
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