New York bomb suspect arrested, blockchain challenge and man v machine

Ahmad Khan Rahami, a US citizen born in Afghanistan, held after shootout

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US police on Monday arrested Ahmad Khan Rahami in connection with bombings in the New York area over the weekend after a shootout that left the suspect injured. Mr Rahami, a US citizen who was born in Afghanistan, had been wanted for questioning concerning the Saturday night explosion in Manhattan that wounded 29 people, as well as a blast on Saturday morning in the New Jersey shore community of Seaside Park.

Donald Trump lamented that the suspect would receive medical treatment and legal representation after his arrest. It was a “sad situation” and underscored the country’s weak national security, said Mr Trump.

Meanwhile, his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton said Mr Trump’s rhetoric only helped terrorist groups. “The kinds of rhetoric and language that Mr Trump has used is giving aid and comfort to our adversaries,” she told reporters at a news conference outside New York City.

Here’s what we know about Mr Rahami, how the manhunt unfolded, and how the politics of terror could shake up the US election. (FT, BBC, NYT)

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In the news

Police shooting sparks outrage On Friday, Terence Crutcher’s SUV stalled on the way back from a music appreciation class at a community college near the heart of Tulsa, Oklahoma. Officers arriving on the scene, according to footage released by the Tulsa police, ordered him back to his car at gunpoint with his hands raised, and then tazered and shot him. He died at hospital. The Tulsa Police Department’s video, which was made public after it was shown to Crutcher’s family, has sparked nationwide outrage. It’s the latest in almost 400 police killings of black men in the US since the start of 2015. Vox looks at why police are rarely prosecuted for such shootings. (Quartz, Vox)

GSK picks Walmsley as chief GlaxoSmithKline has named consumer goods veteran Emma Walmsley as its next chief executive, replacing Sir Andrew Witty at the helm of Britain’s biggest pharmaceuticals group. Ms Walmsley, who runs GSK’s consumer healthcare unit, will be the only female chief executive of a major global pharmaceuticals company when she takes up her new role next March. (FT)

Attack on Syria aid convoy leads to rethink The United Nations has suspended aid convoys in Syria after an air strike hit a fleet of trucks carrying food to a rebel-held area near Aleppo. The US said it was reassessing the decision to co-operate with Russia in Syria after the strike that killed more than a dozen humanitarian workers. The US said Monday’s air strike was carried out either by the Syrian government or the Russians, following a day of renewed violence that brought the week-long ceasefire to the verge of collapse. (Guardian)

Merkel has regrets after electoral drubbing Angela Merkel on Monday admitted she would turn back the clock, if she could, on her refugee policy after her Christian Democrat party suffered a historic defeat in the Berlin regional elections. It was a rare expression of regret from the normally confident Ms Merkel. (FT)

Philippine critic silenced Leila de Lima, the Philippine senator overseeing an inquiry into thousands of extrajudicial killings has been removed as head of the Senate’s powerful justice committee. Meanwhile, the daughter of a late British peer was shot dead in Manila in what appeared to be a vigilante-style gang hit related to President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs. (WSJ, Guardian)

$10bn down the drain The Japanese government is expected to call for the decommissioning of the Monju prototype fast-breeder nuclear reactor, a near $10bn project once seen as a key part of the country’s energy future. (NAR)

It’s a big day for

Self-drive cars The US government will issue formal guidelines for self-driving cars that will focus on safety and include a 15-point assessment carmakers must complete before putting their driverless cars on public roads. Having the federal government take the lead in setting guidelines is a welcome step for the companies developing driverless cars, such as Google, which has clashed with state regulators.(FT)

Jordanian democracy Jordan’s leaders have been engaged in a push to get voters to the polls in parliamentary elections seen as a vital gauge of the public mood at a time when the country is struggling with regional turmoil and a slowing economy. The Muslim Brothernood, which has rebranded itself after years of pressure from the Jordanian government is set to make historic gains. (FT, WaPo)

Blockchain Accenture is challenging blockchain’s founding principles by patenting a technique for editing information stored using the nascent technology in a move designed to make it more commercially viable. By allowing a central administrator to amend or delete information stored on a blockchain, the consultancy says that its prototype — to be unveiled on Tuesday — will make the technology more attractive to the financial services industry. (FT)

Keep up with the important business, economic and political stories in the coming days with the FT’s weekahead.

Food for thought

America’s Pacific pivot is sinking From South China Sea tensions to the Philippines’ combative president to a floundering international trade agreement, US policy is in trouble, writes Gideon Rachman. (FT)

India’s bovine rights task force Haryana, a fertile farming state adjacent to India’s capital, is notorious for regressive attitudes towards women. But while flouting women’s rights seems to have few consequences in the state, authorities are serious about protecting the interests of at least some females: those of the bovine variety. The state government, run by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata party, has just established a Cow Protection Police Task Force dedicated to protecting the animals that devout Hindus revere as near deities. (FT)

The death of ‘he said, she said’ journalism On Saturday, the New York Times published an extraordinary story. What made the story extraordinary wasn’t the event the Times covered. What made it extraordinary was the way the Times covered it. And it is all a result of one man. (The Atlantic)

Man v machine Sensitivity to “gut feelings” is a strong predictor of success in financial trading, according to research led by Cambridge university. A study of 18 hedge fund traders found those with greater “interoception”, which is the ability to sense the state of their body, made more money and survived for longer in hectic financial markets. Results were published in the journal Scientific Reports. Listen to the podcast. (FT)

Video of the day

BoJ and Fed meetings loom large The FT’s Michael Mackenzie highlights what to watch in the markets on Tuesday, including equities, currencies and bonds spinning their wheels as traders and investors await big central bank meetings.(FT)

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