Peres laid to rest amid massive security

The funeral of former Israeli leader Shimon Peres is under way in Jerusalem this morning amid “unprecedented” security surrounding visiting world leaders.

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Transportation investigators are piecing together the facts behind yesterday’s rush-hour crash of a New Jersey Transit commuter train at Hoboken terminal. One woman was killed and more than a hundred people injured.

 

In the US presidential election, the question has to be why some previously serious newspapers thought it would be a good idea to endorse this guy (I know, they wanted to stick it to Trump, but it kind of undermines their credibility…). The Detroit News in particular, must be pretty embarrassed, after making a big deal of  not endorsing a Republican for the first time in over a century, the day before Johnson’s “Aleppo moment”.

Back in the – hah! – “serious” race, this is different from “some people are saying..” how, exactly..

But regardless of how comically grotesque the Trump campaign has been, it has certainly succeeded in altering the Overton Window by moving extremes to the mainstream.

Meanwhile..

Phew, something nice…

and in other heavenly bodies, the Rosetta deep space probe is due to crash into an asteroid in an explosive finale to its mission. Watch live here…

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Standoffish? Brits? naaah… I sometimes wonder if stories like this are just made up to provide content for daytime talk shows.

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The Ryder Cup gets under way this morning in Hazeltine, Minnesota. Danny Willett can probably thank his brother for not being part of the opening session.

One spectator stole the show during practice…

 

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Obama warns on Saudi bill ‘mistake’

Both houses of Congress voted to override President Obama’s veto of the so-called JASTA (Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act), which opens the door for families of 9/11 victims to begin law suits against Saudi Arabia.

It is the first Obama veto to be overridden and the President warned that it sets a “dangerous precedent” for suits against the US.

“Frankly,” he told CNN, ” I wish Congress here had done what’s hard. The concern that I’ve had has nothing to do with Saudi Arabia per se or my sympathy for 9/11 families. It has to do with me not wanting a situation where we’re suddenly exposed to liabilities for all the work that we’re doing all around the world and suddenly finding ourselves subject to private lawsuits.”

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Opec agreed its first output cut for eight years in a bid to bolster oil prices.

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Perfect timing, with the Ryder Cup set to start in Minnesota…

and.. unfortunately, the revelations continue

 

England a ‘laughing stock’

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The political circus continues..

In Britain, the Labour Party conference concludes with the Leader’s speech today.

Finally…

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Whatever else is happening in the world, Baseball is beautiful.

 

Clinton polishes her Presidential credentials in opening debate

In the much-hyped opening Presidential debate, Hillary Clinton appeared to get the better of her challenger. Whether their supporters will care – and whether any undecideds were convinced – is another matter.

votewins

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Going unmentioned in last night’s debate…

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Trump, Clinton prepare for first head-to-head debate

It is set to be the most-watched political debate ever. In a campaign that has been genuinely unprecedented, it’s fair to say literally anything could happen.

Apart from huge network ratings, like the rest of the Trump coverage this year, so, yeah, there’s that…

Strangely, there seems to be considerable doubt about whether the moderator should actually call the candidates out when they say something provably untrue, or whether that’s the responsibility of their opponent. The fact that that is even a question shows you how low the bar seems to be.

Check back later for more coverage…

But first…

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Meanwhile, the man they want to replace was opening the new landmark African-Museum in Washington. It is sold out for much of the time the nation’s first Black president has left in office.

Elsewhere…

In Britain, the Labour party conference gets down to business.

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The joy and sadness of golf…

 

Finally, another death. This time a tragic loss of a sportsman at the beginning of his career, yet already talked of as the future of the game. That such a remarkable life would end this way is heartbreaking.

 

 

 

Corbyn set to retain Labour’s top job

The result of the Labour leadership election is set to be announced Saturday morning at 11am, with current leader Jeremy Corbyn poised to defeat challenger Owen Smith.

That won’t be the end of the show, however.

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In the “other” election…

Christ…

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Wait – half a billion people had Yahoo accounts?

So the biggest data breach in history happened, er, two years ago.

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Kerry and Lavrov are set to meet again on Friday.

In the US..

While in the UK..

Will be an interesting weekend…

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There’s a new global leader in weapons importation.

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