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Possible scenarios on how US shutdown might play out

WASHINGTON: As the partial US government shutdown neared the end of its 19th day, President Donald Trump and congressional Democrats were still divided over his demands for funding a US-Mexico border wall, with a prompt resolution looking unlikely. The following are some possible scenarios for how the impasse might play out, with Trump’s request for $5.7 billion in taxpayer funds for his wall firmly opposed by congressional Democrats: A compromise emerges As ordinary Americans begin to feel the impact of the closure of…

High tech Pakistan-India border wall on display at US show

LAS VEGAS:  The same technology used in self-driving cars is being touted as a potential high tech solution to the US border wall conundrum -- with some added benefits. At least one startup at the Consumer Electronics show is showcasing how Lidar, a laser-based detection system widely used in autonomous vehicles, could be deployed along the US-Mexico border at a far lower cost than a physical wall or fence, and with fewer environmental impacts. Quanergy Systems, among a handful of tech firms working on Lidar border …

US government shutdown extends into next week

WASHINGTON: The US government partial shutdown was set to stretch deep into next week after legislators failed Thursday to make a breakthrough in the row over President Donald Trump's demand for a US-Mexico border wall. After convening for just a few minutes following the official Christmas break, a still nearly empty Senate adjourned, deciding to renew budget deliberations only next Wednesday, the last day of the current Republican-controlled Congress. That would take the government shutdown, already on its sixth day,…

US govt shutdown begins as no deal between lawmakers and Trump

WASHINGTON: The US government began a partial shutdown at midnight on Friday after Republican senators failed to muster the votes needed to approve $5 billion that President Donald Trump wants for a border wall fiercely opposed by Democrats. Trump said the impending shutdown of some key parts of the federal government could last “a very long time,” and he sought to blame Democrats. They, in turn, put the blame squarely on Trump, reminding him that last week he said he would be “proud” to shut the government down in order…

Team Trump preparing plans for wall, mulling Muslim registry: Immigration hardliner

NEW YORK/WASHINGTON: An architect of anti-immigration efforts who says he is advising President-elect Donald Trump said the new administration could push ahead rapidly on the construction of a US-Mexico border wall without seeking immediate congressional approval. Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, who helped write tough immigration laws in Arizona and elsewhere, said in an interview that Trump's policy advisers had also discussed drafting a proposal for his consideration to reinstate a registry for immigrants from…