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World worries despite temporary truce in polarized US

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The world got a close-up look at US democracy during Washington's debt default showdown, and was traumatized by what it saw. 

Barricades used to close the Martin Luther King Memorial are dismantled after a bipartisan bill was passed by the House and the Senate to reopen the government and raise the debt limit, on October 17, 2013 in Washington, DC

Foreign commentators branded America "befuddled," and mocked its "dysfunctional" political system while French newspaper Le Monde bemoaned a "piteous spectacle" over a just avoided US debt default.

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