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A supporter of social movement leader Anna Hazare waves the national flag in New Delhi, India, as he celebrates the news of the passing of an anti-graft bill that empowers an independent ombudsman to investigate and prosecute cases of corruption by politicians and bureaucrats. The Lokpal, or watchdog, bill was passed by the lower house of parliament on Wednesday after the government agreed to several amendments suggested by opposition lawmakers. Ms Hazare has been on hunger strike for the last nine days in an attempt to make both houses of parliament adopt the bill.
A National Park Service ranger removes a closed sign from the Korean war veterans memorial in Washington on Wednesday. After the partisan passions and heated rhetoric, the disruptions of a US government shutdown and displays of dysfunction, Congress finally voted to fund the government and lift the debt limit.
US House Speaker John Boehner arrives at Capitol Hill in Washington. The US Senate prepared for a last ditch effort on Wednesday to avoid a historic lapse in the government’s borrowing authority, a breach that President Barack Obama has said could lead to default and deliver a damaging blow to the global economy. Read more