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President Obama has postponed two stops on his four-nation Asian tour because of government shutdown, White House says.
President dismisses "piecemeal" plan offered by Republicans to restore funding to certain government programmes.
About 800,000 federal workers staying at home on Tuesday after politicians failed to reach a deal on budget.
For second time on Monday, senators strike down spending bill which would have also delayed landmark healthcare law.
Republicans and Democrats trade blame, but Congress does not meet on Sunday, hours before shutdown deadline.
Seven lawmakers hope to free imprisoned US contractor Alan Gross and take steps to improve political relationship.
Leading Democrat says party has votes needed to pass bill in House of Representatives.
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Muslim volunteers face questioning and threat of arrest, while aid has been disrupted or blocked, charities say.
Six months on, outrage and sorrow over the mass schoolgirl abduction has disappeared - except for families in Nigeria.
ISIL combatants seeking an 'exit strategy' from Mideast conflict need positive reinforcement back home, analysts say.
European nation hit by a wave of Islamophobia as many young fighters join ISIL in Syria and Iraq.
 
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