Trump refuses to commit to accepting vote, the scourge of Russia’s banking bandits and justice for Syria’s dead

Controversy in the third and final US presidential debate

Listen to this article

00:00
00:00

Sign up to receive FirstFT by email here

Donald Trump provoked controversy in the third and final US presidential debate, refusing to guarantee that he would accept the result of the US election if he loses. His response, when asked, was: “I will keep you in suspense, OK?” — which prompted Hillary Clinton to attack him for “talking down democracy”.

That remark aside, the pundits’ verdict was that Mr Trump was subdued and more disciplined than in the previous debates. But it may not be enough to turn around his polling numbers. According to a YouGov poll, 49 per cent of respondents said Mrs Clinton won the debate, while 39 per cent thought Mr Trump the victor. Here is what FT readers thought. (FT, NYT, YouGov)

In the news

Airbnb fights for survival in NYC Governor Andrew Cuomo is preparing to sign a bill that would in effect end the home-sharing company’s business in New York City. The San Francisco-based company has waged a last-minute campaign to thwart the law, which would impose fines of up to $7,500 on any host who advertised short-term accommodation through Airbnb. (FT)

Iran sends weapons to Yemen Iran has increased its weapons transfers to Houthi rebels in Yemen, which threatens to prolong conflict in the poverty-stricken country. Tehran says it supports the Houthis but denies supplying them with arms. The war has killed 10,000 people over the past year and a half and threatens to ensnare the US. (Reuters)

The scourge of Russia’s banking ‘bandits’ When Elvira Nabiullina took over as the governor of Russia’s central bank, she came face to face with a sobering statistic: regulators listed as many as 150 banks that were regularly involved in dubious transactions. After an unprecedented three-year purge of the dark corners of Russian finance, that number is down to “no more than about 10”, Ms Nabiullina says. (FT)

Pollution threat in Africa Air pollution is causing more premature deaths in Africa than unsafe water or malnutrition, according to the OECD. Poor air quality costs 712,000 lives and £364bn on the continent each year. (Guardian)

Defections provoke Kim Jong Un A stream of defections by members of the North Korean elite has frustrated Kim Jong Un’s attempts to solidify his power base. South Korea’s president is keeping up the pressure by encouraging North Koreans to flee their country’s dictatorship. (NAR)

It’s a big day for

Batley and Spen The constituency in northern England is voting to select a successor for Jo Cox, the MP who was killed a week before the June EU referendum. (Guardian)

Theresa May The British prime minister heads to her first EU summit with her fellow European leaders wondering whether she’s ready to flesh out her sound bite: “Brexit means Brexit”. They may be disappointed. (FT)

Join the debate: What is the best deal for Britain’s economic and political relationship with the EU?

Food for thought

Trump and the Kazakh connection An FT investigation found evidence that a Trump venture has links to an alleged money-laundering network. (FT)

Haitian warlord meets his match Hurricane Matthew has brought one of Haiti’s most feared warlords to his knees. Guy Philippe’s home town in the country’s southern peninsula has been devastated by the storm. Now the man who has evaded capture for nearly a decade is offering to go to jail if it will help secure aid for local storm victims. (NYT)

Justice for Syria’s dead Why sophisticated models and statistical analysis are crucial to understanding patterns of killing in Syria — which is in turn necessary to bring the perpetrators to justice. (Foreign Policy)

American aid explained. Washington spends billions on assistance to foreign countries through myriad programmes from health to military support. But finding the total figure is harder than it seems. The Washington Post looks at what the US spends and where it goes. (WaPo)

How machines can learn to be racist As artificial intelligence becomes more sophisticated, we must be careful about what we are teaching our robots. (ProPublica) 

Video of the day

Trump election stance stirs debate Donald Trump’s refusal to commit to accepting the result of the US presidential election dominated the fallout of the third and final debate. The FT’s Sam Fleming looks at the main talking points. (FT)


Copyright The Financial Times Limited 2017. All rights reserved. You may share using our article tools. Please don't copy articles from FT.com and redistribute by email or post to the web.