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Hillary Clinton has called off travel plans after being diagnosed with pneumonia in the latest twist in the race for the White House. The disclosure of Mrs Clinton’s illness was made after Mrs Clinton appeared to stumble and hurriedly left a 9/11 memorial ceremony in New York on Sunday. It comes after campaign aides insisted for weeks that her chronic cough reflected nothing more serious than seasonal allergies and mocked Republicans who suggested that the former secretary of state was ill.

The incident has raised questions about Mrs Clinton and secrecy, which became an issue with the debate over her use of a private email server when she served as secretary of state. With only 35 per cent of voters calling Mrs Clinton trustworthy in a new poll, the episode could erode her slim lead in the polls.

Yet, there is a great tradition of fainting in US politics, according to Quartz, which helpfully recaps some of the more notable incidents, including when George HW Bush passed out after vomiting on the lap of Japanese prime minister Kiichi Miyazawa at a state dinner. (FT, Reuters, Quartz)

In the news

Samsung shares drop on Note 7 fears The South Korean group’s market value falls $14bn over safety fears for its new device. Samsung urged consumers to exchange its flagship smartphone as quickly as possible at the weekend as more reports of the phones catching fire emerged even after a global recall. (FT)

Syrian rebel scepticism Dozens of people have been killed in rebel-held areas of Syria ahead of a US-Russia brokered ceasefire scheduled to start at sunset on Monday. Aid agencies are standing by to send much needed aid into the besieged city of Aleppo once the ceasefire begins. Rebel forces are sceptical about the deal, which calls on moderates to distance themselves from jihadi militias, which have helped win territory from the regime. Foreign powers are keen to bring an end to Syria’s war, now in its sixth year, which has killed more than 300,000 people and sparked regional instability that has sent waves of migrants to Europe’s shores. (FT)

Fed risks shock and awe with September move Janet Yellen will deliver the biggest shock to markets since taking over as chair of the Federal Reserve should the central bank raise interest rates this month, according to a survey of Wall Street economists that shows more than 85 per cent expect it to hold fire. (FT)

North Korea threat Park Geun-hye, the South Korean president, told political leaders in Seoul that North Korea’s nuclear weapons pose an imminent threat. The warning comes as officials in Seoul said South Korean and US intelligence authorities believe Pyongyang has the ability to detonate another atomic device anytime at its main Punggye-ri nuclear test site.(NYT)

‘Glue-gate’ delays Austria poll Austria’s presidential election will be delayed because of problems with the glue used to seal postal votes. A run-off contest between a rightwing nationalist and his Green opponent was due to take place on October 2. A new date must be agreed by parliament. (FT)

It’s a big day for

South China Sea tensions China and Russia will hold joint naval drills in the disputed waters at a time of heightened tensions. The drills come in the wake of an international arbitration ruling that China did not have historic rights to the sea. (Reuters)

1.6bn Muslims. Eid al-Adha, or the feast of the sacrifice, begins. The festival commemorates Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his son and is a multi-day public holiday in most Muslim-majority countries. (Al Jazeera)

Croatia The country’s centre-right Democratic Union party looked set to win an unexpected lead in Sunday’s general election, according to partial counts of ballots early on Monday. (FT)

Food for thought

Lunch with Edward Snowden Former Guardian editor-in-chief Alan Rusbridger sits down with the NSA whistleblower in a Moscow hotel to talk about the “surveillance free-for-all”, and how he doesn’t have a lot of ties to his Russian hosts “because, as crazy as it sounds, I still plan to leave”. (FT)

Post-truth politics Lying has long been part of politics but it has gone mainstream as popular trust in expert opinion and established institutions has tumbled across Western democracies. (Economist)

Robots flip pancakes in Japan Robot chefs not only alleviate a labour shortage in the restaurant industry, but they also prepare dishes with greater precision than humans. (NAR)

Turkey’s Gulenist crackdown The coup may be over, but the backlash is in full swing. But even opponents of the secretive Gulenist movement fear the Erdogan government’s suppression has gone too far. (FT)

Prepare for a bumpy ride Severe turbulence, which recently forced the emergency landing of a transatlantic flight, is on the rise. And the culprit? Increasing carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere. (The Guardian)

Video of the day

Trade and trafficking on the US-Mexico border While Donald Trump has proposed constructing a wall along the Mexico border, the FT visited a frontier town in Arizona to talk about immigration and the growing influence of drug cartels. (FT)

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