New York bomb suspect arrested after firefight

Update 4.30pm London:

Chelsea bomb suspect Ahmad Rahami was taken into custody in Linden NJ on Monday after what was described as a shootout with police. Two officers are understood to have been wounded in the operation. It is unclear if other suspects are still at large.

and, in the most New Jersey day ever….

This morning:

Manhunt for New York bomb suspect as UN General Assembly kicks off

As investigations continue into the weekend’s bomb incident in midtown Manhattan, with police now seeking a suspect, there is even greater security than usual in New York as the UN General Assembly is under way, with the expected arrival of world leaders – and the accompanying logistical problems – later this week.

Following the Chelsea explosion and the removal of a second, ‘pressure cooker’ device, police detonated a suspect package, part of a number found in a rucksack near a train station in Elizabeth, New Jersey.

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EU leaders meet as UKIP meets new leader

Heads of government of the 27 – remaining – EU countries are holding their first meeting without Britain. The summit, in the Slovenian capital Bratislava, will discuss a collective response to Brexit as well as other issues aimed at “re-booting” the continent.

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Over in the reality election, Donald Trump is teasing us yet again with a promised “big statement” today on birtherism.

more to come on that jersey…

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The Chicago Cubs are the NL Central Division champions. It’s the team’s first division title since 2008.

 

UK approves controversial nuclear plant

The British government gave the go-ahead to the $24bn Hinkley nuclear power station construction project, following a review and with additional conditions. It is set to become the most costly man-made structure on the planet, and not everyone is happy.

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Meanwhile, back in the reality show election…

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Finally… well, er, yeah…

EU ‘has learned nothing’ from Brexit, taunts Farage

Nigel Farage on Wednesday warned the EU it could look forward to “more referendums” as he used Jean-Claude Juncker’s  State of the EU address to attack plans for a European ‘army’ and round on the EU’s Brexit negotiator Guy Verhofstadt as the “high priest of Euro nationalism.”

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And the reality TV campaign continues…

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It’s #AskACurator Day.

Korean peninsula increasingly on edge

North Korea made a rare public appeal for assistance from the outside world after being hit by its heaviest flooding in a generation.

Meanwhile, as South Korea suffered its own natural disaster, experiencing the biggest earthquake in its history, signs seem to be that the government in Seoul is getting fed up with the antics of their northern neighbors.

And of course, there’s this…

So all told, this seems even more pointless than usual this morning…

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Another day on the campaign trail.

This is a great piece of journalism, but unfortunately will likely get lost in the flood of Hillary’s health stories…

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Uncertainty shrouds Syria ceasefire

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Former PM now to be a former MP…

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What have we learned?

It’s perhaps little short of obscene on this, the 15th anniversary of 9/11, that the dominant political conversation is about something as inane – and yet so fundamentally important – as it is this morning. The fact that the US has become as polarized and divided as it appears to be, and shows little sign of changing, makes us less as a nation when, my God, what happened should have taken us down so many different roads – mostly all of them better.

The plane I was on was able to turn around and bring me safely home to my family. So very many that day and in the years since have not been so lucky. My heart breaks for them and their families.

 

 

Careful, now…

Perhaps auditioning to be the first target of a mildly-irritated President Trump, North Korea reportedly conducted another nuclear test – it’s fifth – apparently setting off a 5.3 magnitude earthquake.

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The NFL is back. It was a big hit.

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National security forum muddies crucial issues

It wasn’t the first ‘real’ debate, rather NBC’s “Commander in Chief Forum” was a much-anticipated but bizarrely way-too-short – and at times, simply jaw-dropping – glimpse into the presidential candidates’ approaches to national security and their plans for the US military.

The staging of the event – on board the aircraft carrier Intrepid in New York – appeared to be an acknowledgement that the notion of America’s place in the world should be an important distinguishing factor between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump – at least, that was probably the intention when network executives planned this broadcast.

Yet Clinton and Trump had just 30 minutes each to respond to questions from service personnel in the audience as well as moderator Matt Lauer. And it soon became clear that there was a severe disconnect between the seriousness of the issues and the format for their consideration.

 

Earlier…

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Lest we are tempted to appear in any way smug or superior…

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Want an iPhone 7? Who cares…

Apple is expected to launch the iPhone 7 at today’s event in San Francisco. Reuters reports that some people are “already looking forward to 8.”

…the world’s most valuable publicly traded company is expected by blogs and analysts to reveal an iPhone without a headphone jack, paving the way for wireless headphones, a touch-sensitive home button that vibrates, double-lens cameras for the larger ‘Plus’ edition and other incremental improvements.

Apple typically gives its main product, which accounts for more than half of its revenue, a big makeover every other year and the last major redesign was the iPhone 6, in 2014. The modest updates suggest that this cycle will be three years.

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The Paralympics open today in Rio.