US government shutdown: pictures

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A deadlock in the US Congress has led to a partial shutdown of the country's government.

All non-essential operations closed on Tuesday after Democrats and Republicans failed to strike a deal on a new budget.

The shutdown has left more than 700,000 employees on unpaid leave and closed national parks, tourist sites, government websites, office buildings, and more.

In this picture, a government worker protests outside the US Capitol.

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US Capitol Visitors Centre

The US Capitol Visitors Centre is seen standing empty after the federal government's shutdown. It is the first such shutdown since 1996, when the Republican Congress clashed with Bill Clinton over funding for Medicare, education, the environment and public health.

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Statue of Liberty

The Statue of Liberty in New York is one of the most famous monuments to have been affected by the shutdown. More surprising things to have been hit are the National Zoo's popular 'Panda Cam', and Nasa's tweets from space.

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An empty Metro platform

This station, near Washington's Capitol Hill, is seen empty and quiet during the usually bustling morning rush hour.

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Affected by the shutdown

A lone worker sits at the end of a row of seats outside a Federal Aviation Administration office building in Washington.

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Smithsonian Air and Space Museum

Fay Wagstaff of El Paso, Texas, shows her disappointment at finding out the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum is closed.

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A Nasa gift shop is closed for business

The only members of Nasa staff on duty are a skeleton team ensuring the function of the International Space Station.

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The Smithsonian Air and Space Museum stands empty

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National Gallery of Art

Student Tyree Brown, centre, along with fellow classmates from the Corcoran College of Art and Design, take part in a makeshift class on the steps of the National Gallery of Art.

The students were supposed to hold a class inside the building, but did not get word that the shutdown would affect all national museums.

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Food trucks in Washington

It's not just US government employees who have been adversely affected by the shutdown. This food truck operator claimed sales were down by more than half as he awaited customers in his usual spot next to federal buildings in Washington.

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Tourists in Washington have had to adjust their holiday plans.

In this picture, a couple from Japan read a sign informing them of the closure of the National Gallery of Art.