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The Democratic convention in Philadelphia will open today in the shadow of a scandal. The head of the Democratic National Committee resigned late on Sunday after the leaking of 20,000 emails exposed possible bias in favour of Hillary Clinton by the party leadership. Supporters of rival candidate Bernie Sanders have accused the party of unfair dealings and there are fears Mr Sanders could fail to endorse Mrs Clinton when he addresses delegates on Monday evening.
The DNC believes Russian government hackers may have been responsible for the leaks, which are slowly being released by WikiLeaks.
Meanwhile, the former secretary of state chose Virginia senator Tim Kaine as her running mate. Mr Kaine is seen as a safe — if unexciting — option whose everyman roots and fluent Spanish could benefit the Democratic ticket. (Politico, FT)
In the news
Turkey’s EU membership unlikely EU commission president Jean-Claude Juncker said Turkey is in no position to become a member any time soon. The Turkish government has detained or investigated more than 60,000 soldiers, civil servants, judges and other officials since the failed coup earlier this month. Meanwhile, social media transcripts released by investigators at Bellingcat reveal a blow-by-blow account of the attempted takeover. (Reuters, Bellingcat)
UK MPs slam billionaire Sir Philip Green, the former owner of bankrupt British department store BHS, should contribute to the chain’s stricken pension fund, says a parliamentary inquiry into the country’s most contentious corporate scandal in years. Eleven thousand jobs were lost when the iconic shop went under and Sir Philip could lose his knighthood over the collapse. (FT)
Pokémonomics halo slips Shares in Nintendo fell as much as 17.2 per cent on Monday, after the Japanese games group said the impact of the Pokémon Go mobile game on its earnings would be “limited”. (FT)
Shell companies in Africa Corrupt officials and businessmen across Africa are laundering illegal profits from natural resources, tax evasion and other crimes through shell companies across the continent, according to the latest leaks from the Panama Papers. The money was then used to buy assets including yachts, private jets and luxury properties in the US, according to the documents. (NYT)
Germany on edge A man who blew himself up and injured 12 people on Sunday night after being turned away from a music festival was a 27-year-old Syrian who had been denied asylum. It was the fourth violent incident in Germany in as many days. (FT)
It’s a big day for
Theresa MayThe UK prime minister heads to Northern Ireland to reassure leaders there that border checks will not be reimposed with the Republic of Ireland because of Brexit. (Guardian)
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Food for thought
Google’s got your voice The company records many conversations around its products and has an extensive sound archive. You can easily access — and delete — the information it collects about you. (Independent)
Doctors die differently Unlike most sufferers of terminal disease, medical professionals tend to eschew treatment and focus on making the best of the time remaining to them. This is not because they want to die but rather because they know the limits of modern medicine. (Cancerworld)
Why Singapore kids are so good at maths A deep dive into the secret of the city-state’s arithmetic success. (FT)
Generation cheap New car and home purchases powered the US economy since the end of the second world war. Now, millennials have largely lost interest in buying either. The reasons are obvious yet the implications — for both the economy and urban planning — are profound. (The Atlantic)
The Putin-Trump connection Josh Marshall looks at Mr Trump’s troubling ties to Russia, while Franklin Foer explains why, if the Russian president could design a candidate to undermine American interests, and advance his own, he’d look a lot like Mr Trump. (TPM, Slate)
Video of the day
Week ahead The FT’s Nalini Sivathasan looks at some of the big stories in the coming week, including the Democratic convention in Philadelphia, Arm’s second-quarter results which come after the planned takeover by SoftBank, and the Bank of Japan policy meeting. (FT)