Australia shares fall on U.S. shutdown, snap 7 straight weekly gain
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SYDNEY Oct 4 (Reuters) - Australian shares fell 0.5 percent on Friday as investors worried that political brinkmanship in Washington could have more serious consequences for the world's largest economy.
The S&P/ASX 200 index fell 26.9 points to 5,208.0.
The benchmark fell 1.9 percent for the week, its biggest one-week fall since early June, snapping seven weeks of consecutive gains.
New Zealand's benchmark NZX 50 index fell 0.2 percent or to finish the session at 4,759.4. (Reporting by Thuy Ong; Editing by Kim Coghill)
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