INTERNATIONALSenator Ted Cruz, R-Texas, speaks to reporters waiting outside a closed-door meeting of Senate Republicans as news emerged that leaders reached a last-minute agreement to avert a threatened Treasury default and reopen the government. Pic: AP Photo/J Scott Applewhite#AFRICA A charity says “appalling scenes of murder” have been witnessed in the Central African Republic.#USA The US reached a deal to raise the debt ceiling just hours before it defaulted on its debt.#UK Staff at Royal Mail in the UK are set to go on on strike on 4 November.#USA An American man, William Happ, confessed to the murder of Angie Crowley in 1986… on the day he was executed.#IRAN Iran has ruled that a man should be hung for possession of crystal meth a second time – after he survived the first hanging. [The Guardian]INNOVATIONTwitter has shunned the Nasdaq and decided to get listed on the New York Stock Exchange.Here’s a man who can predict within four hours if a Kickstarter project will fail. [The Guardian]PARTING SHOTWant to be insufferable on Facebook? Here are seven ways you can do just that. If you really want to… [Huffington Post] NEED TO CATCH up? TheJournal.ie brings you a roundup of today’s news…Jane Cowen from Offaly joins protesters and youth campaigners under the banner We’re Not Leaving, at a protest against Budget 2014 outside Leinster House this evening. Pic: Sam Boal/Photocall IrelandIRISHGPs have warned that Health Budget measures could have “dangerous and unintended” consequences.The Immigrant Council of Ireland has said that racial profiling must not be included in social welfare garda checks.The Quinn family have begun new legal action against the former Anglo Irish Bank. [RTÉ]Transport Minister Leo Varadkar said that the outlook for Dublin Bus is ‘stark’ if a new effort doesn’t succeed.The government announced €10 million for pyrite repairs at 1,000 properties.The Reform Alliance was critical of Budget measures, but the rebels are not united in opposing it.Budget airline Ryanair committed to carrying a million more passengers.A man was arrested in connection with the murder of Kevin Kearney.The PSNI said Kieran McLaughlin was arrested on suspicion of the murder of Barry McRory.Gardaí seized a gun and arrested a man after a late-night fight in Crumlin.There is concern about possible attacks on firefighters as we get closer to Halloween.The €600k bill for Fine Gael over the Moriarty Tribunal was paid by the Taoiseach’s department.Labour Youth criticised social welfare cuts from Fine Gael and Labour.