House passes one-week funding extension for Homeland Security, averting shutdown
Members of the House of Representatives enter the US Capitol on Sept. 30, 2013 in Washington, DC [AFP]

The U.S. House of Representatives passed a one-week funding extension for the Department of Homeland Security late on Friday, in time to avert a partial shutdown for the agency at midnight.

The two-thirds majority vote, which came with support from Democrats a few hours after the House failed to pass a three-week extension, buys time for Congress to sort out a longer-term funding solution for the domestic security agency.

(Reporting By David Lawder; Editing by Doina Chiacu)