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As many as 100m viewers were estimated to have tuned in to the first one-on-one debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, a contentious affair in which the two candidates sparred on a range of topics from how to reignite the US economy to the best ways to defeat Isis.
The Democratic nominee sought to portray her opponent as unprepared for the “awesome, immense responsibility” of the presidency, while Mr Trump attempted to paint his rival as a “typical politician”.
The debate, however, highlighted Mr Trump’s tendency to make false claims. The New York Times fact-checked some of the more notable assertions, while the FT’s Ed Luce argues that the Republican candidate failed to clear a low bar. (FT, CNN, NYT)
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In the news
Deutsche Bank denies seeking help from Berlin The bank said it did not seek assistance from Berlin and said it had no plans for a capital increase after investors attacked the embattled lender, sending its share price to its lowest levels in more than three decades. (FT)
Historic peace deal in Colombia The Colombian government and left-wing Farc rebels have signed a historic agreement that formally brings an end to 52 years of civil war. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, US Secretary of State John Kerry and a host of Latin American leaders were among those present at the ceremony in Cartagena. (BBC)
Draghi urges tough line on Brexit Mario Draghi has become the latest European official to push for the EU to take a tough line in negotiations with the UK over Brexit, saying Britain should be refused access to the single market unless it sticks to rules on free movement of labour. (FT)
The prospect of bank break-ups The biggest US banks should be prepared to break themselves up if they struggle to adjust to new rules designed to ensure they can withstand the most severe of shocks to the system, the most powerful US banking regulator has suggested. (FT)
Life beyond Earth Nasa on Monday unveiled the best evidence yet of water vapour spouting from a moon orbiting Jupiter, spurring hopes for what scientists see as one of the most promising opportunities to search for life beyond Earth. (FT)
Millions in US climb out of poverty New census data show that 3.5m Americans were able to rise above the poverty line last year as employers have finally been compelled to hire more and the country emerges from the depths of the recession seven-and-a-half years ago. (NYT)
It’s a big day for
Climate change Republicans and companies opposed to President Barack Obama’s flagship policy on climate change will seek on Tuesday to have it struck down in court in a case that risks blowing a hole in US emissions reduction plans. FT View: American leadership on climate change is at stake. (FT)
Food for thought
‘You have two hours to get things done before the shelling comes’ This is life in Aleppo as the Russia-backed Assad regime conducts its fiercest bombing campaign yet after the collapse of the ceasefire. Moscow and Damascus seem willing to raze the city in order to recapture it. (FT)
We are all Stalinists on Syria Gideon Rachman argues that western politicians must try to frame policy that takes into account the oscillations of public sentiment if a solution to the carnage in Syria is to be reached. (FT)
Moderates have little hope of reclaiming Labour There is a reasonable chance that Gordon Brown will turn out to have been the UK Labour party’s last prime minister, writes the FT’s Janan Ganesh. (FT)
Viking cats The largest genetic study of cats reveals that the Vikings helped felines spread out across Europe. Cats play a prominent role in Norse mythology but it seems they weren’t an object of sentimentality as they are today: by the late Viking age people commonly used their skins as clothing. (ScienceNordic)
La Belle Paris . . . is going au naturel. City lawmakers have voted to approve a park for nudists as early as next summer. France is already the world’s No. 1 destination for naturists, the city’s deputy mayor said. (The Guardian)
From country of fear to land of opportunity A growing number of young Viet Kieu, or overseas Vietnamese, are returning to become successful businesspeople in Vietnam — often against the will of their parents, who fled in fear a generation ago. (NAR)
Video of the day
Japan banks: Corporate cash crisis A record high corporate cash mountain spells trouble for lenders. Leo Lewis looks at the impact on bank equities. (FT)