♦ The US federal government is shut down and within days of default on Treasury debt but it is still just possible the whole farrago could turn into good news for the US economy, says Robin Harding.
♦ Iran’s stock market soars but this is partly down to a lack of investment opportunities in other sectors of the stagnant economy.
♦ For those following the negotiations in the US, the New Yorker has compiled a Conservatives’ guide to rhetoric.
♦ A decisive victory by the National Front in Brignoles, France, on Sunday night has set alarm bells ringing in Paris that the far-right party led by Marine Le Pen will repeat the feat more widely in municipal elections.
♦ The New York Times takes a journey through the heartlands of Russia – the Russia being left behind.
♦ For the last edition of the International Herald Tribune, Thomas Fuller looks back at his years reporting in Asia – the lands of charm and cruelty. Read more