US Congress passes debt bill

A bill allowing the US government to keep borrowing money for at least a few more months, beyond its record $16.4 trillion (£10.34 trillion) debt limit, won final congressional approval last night, clearing the way for President Barack Obama to sign it into law. The Democratic-led Senate passed the bill, 64-34, which would put off until at least 19 May a showdown over the debt limit between Republicans and Democrats.