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BBC news, I'm Marin Marshall

Reports of the Syrian city of Hama say government's tanks have been shelling residential neighborhoods indiscriminately. They said the shelling intensified, just as the residents were breaking the dawn-to-dusk fast, on the first day of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. Activists said at least 4 people have been killed. On Sunday, scores of people were reported killed when security forces targeted opposition protesters. The UN Security Council has due to hold a closed-door consultation on Syria in New York shortly. L. R reports from Damascus, on the fear in Hama that preventing some families from burying that dead as they wish.

The shelling with you resumed today on parts of Hama leaving several people dead, according to residents of the city. Heavy artillery and machine guns were also used in this morning's attack. Some families buried their dead in parks and even in the gardens of their homes.

The United States senate and House of Representatives are due to vote on the bill to raise the limit on US borrowing, ahead of deadline to avert on president debt default.

Democratic and Republican leaders reached agreement late on Sunday on the proposal to raise the 14.3 billion dollar limit. Global financial markets are being nervous over the prospects of the US might not have enough money to meet its financial obligations. Paul Adams reports, from Washington.

The business of ceiling Sunday's deal has begun but politicians were holding their noses even as they urged colleagues to support it. In the Senate, the majority leader Harry Reid said he was not proud of the rancorous the process that led to it. But he held it up as example of American democracy of work. "No one got what they wanted; everyone has to get something else. People on the right were upset, people on the left upset, people in the middle upset, there was compromise".  The raise, as Mr. Reid says, plenty for everyone to dislike. The president has not been able to get Republicans to agree to tax increases. The Republicans have to agree to a longer extension of the debt ceiling than they wanted. And both sides know that if they fail to agree on the spending by the end of November, then domestic social programs and defense will face automatic cuts worth 1.2 trillion dollars.
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