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North Korea and Trump back in the spotlight ahead of Jackson Hole banking event

In Asia the Nikkei 225 is down around 0.4%, and European markets are forecast to open lower:

Our European opening calls:$FTSE 7300 down 24
$DAX 12154 down 11
$CAC 5104 down 10$IBEX 10365 down 20$MIB 21762 down 53

Good morning, and welcome to our rolling coverage of the world economy, the financial markets, the eurozone and business.

Stock markets are in a cautious mood amid continuing political tensions and ahead of a big week for central bankers.

Europe is set for a slightly negative start on Monday, threatening to extend its losing streak to three sessions as political and geopolitical risk continue to weigh on risk appetite.

Geopolitical risk could rear its ugly head again this week as the US and South Korea begin planned military exercises on Monday, just as tensions between the North and these two countries appear to have calmed. Should North Korea respond in kind, then we could see a repeat of the safe haven rush from a couple of weeks ago when the situation previously flared up between the countries.

We did see a late rebound off the lows late on Friday when it was announced that Steve Bannon, one of President Trump’s closest advisors had left the administration. It was well known that there was tension amongst him and some other members of the President’s top team, including Chief Economic advisor Gary Cohn.

There had been some uncertainty surrounding the future of Cohn, in the wake of recent events in Charlottesville, and the President’s failure to unequivocally condemn the violence of the far right, particularly given Cohn’s own Jewish ancestry.

The scope for surprises was diminished somewhat by ECB sources at the end of last week when it was reported the ECB President Mario Draghi would not be making any comment on monetary policy when he speaks later this week.

This reticence to comment may also have something to do with the fact that there appears to some concern on the governing council about an overshoot to the upside for the euro, particularly given the recent weakness of the US dollar.

Related: Global investors look to Jackson Hole for signs of how QE will end

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A rescue mission is underway off Singapore in an incident which follows the fatal collision between USS Fitzgerald and merchant ship in June

Ten American sailors are missing and five injured after the guided-missile destroyer USS John S McCain collided with an oil tanker off the coast of Singapore.

Singaporean, Malaysian and US search and rescue teams, consisting of patrol ships, helicopters and tug boats, were deployed to the area to look for the missing crew.

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North Korea, calling the joint exercises a rehearsal for real war, said the drills would escalate tensions on the peninsula.(Read More...)

In 1993 Joe Arpaio, America’s ‘toughest sheriff’, opened a temporary outdoor jail in Phoenix. After more than two decades, the notorious project is finally closing

‘Hitler! Hitler!” the prisoners chanted to the TV cameras in protest. It was 4 February 2009. More than 200 Latino men in black-and-white striped uniforms, shackled to each other, were being marched towards an outdoor unit especially for “illegal alien” prisoners in Arizona’s infamous jail, Tent City.

The chants were directed at the Maricopa County sheriff, Joe Arpaio, who a few months before had called this outdoor jail close to downtown Phoenix – his own tough-on-crime creation – a “concentration camp” in a speech to political supporters at his local Italian-American club.

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Lifestyle News

How do you put back the excitement into a route you’ve run a thousand times before? As always, share your trips and tricks and weekend highs and lows below the line

Much as I love my Saturday morning club track sessions, it is rather nice to have finished your long run by lunchtime on the first day of the weekend, leaving the rest of it free for .. err ... eating everything in sight and playing with Lego. Productivity is overrated anyway, right?

Having done a fair few marathons - and therefore marathon training blocks - I’m starting to get very bored with my usual run routes. It’s not that running along the river isn’t lovely, on a sunny day when the distance and pace does’t matter, but it can get very monotonous after the 3,507th time you’ve gone past Barnes Bridge. So, naturally, seeking less monotony, I ended up at the running track. Running in 400m circles. A lot of circles. Yes, I know. Still, at least that long run also bought up the total of 2,000 miles for me so far this year. Only another 1,000 to go before New Year’s Eve ...

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I thought getting an app to track my menstrual cycle was ridiculous, but its revelations have explained so much about my personality

I’m sitting in a coffee shop in LA when my friend Lou says, “Give me your phone and I’ll download an app that tracks your menstrual cycle,” like we’re suddenly starring in a uniquely naff advert for solipsism in the 21st century.

I look around in case anyone has heard us. “Why on earth would I want that”, I mutter to her. My period comes fairly regularly, then it goes away again, and I’m not trying for a baby, and all right, so the whole thing does actually take me by complete surprise every single month, because my head and the clouds have always been in quite close contact – but still. I don’t really feel the need to inform my phone when I’ve got the painters in.

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A new study shows that allergies to foods can start in grownups, and unlike childhood allergies, they usually persist

You have always loved prawns, but suddenly they make your mouth tingle. You bite into an apple and your throat feels itchy and tight. But surely they can’t be food allergies if you have eaten them all your life without problems? Should you ignore the symptoms, or cross prawn cocktails and apples off the menu?

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When I said I’d been on one, my insurance quote shot up by £50

In a search for car insurance I called Admiral. The agent asked if I had been on any speed awareness courses – I wasn’t quick enough to decline to answer. When I said “yes” the quote increased by £50. The whole point of the courses is that they are an alternative to prosecution – and no record is kept. My course provider, DriveTech, says it does not share details as it is information not in the public domain. JP, by email

As far as we know, Admiral is the only insurer that asks this – certainly the majority of other big-name firms only ask for convictions. Admiral says its data shows that drivers who attend a speed awareness course are more likely to have an accident in the following 12 months than those who committed no offence. “A speed awareness course will impact the premium, but shouldn’t impact it as much as a speeding endorsement,” it says.

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We asked readers how they got a good night’s sleep and this is what they said …

The slightest stress or worry and I would lie awake for hours, unable to drop off. Then I started doing one simple thing – times tables. I started with the 13 times table in my head until I could recite it without pausing, then moved on to the 14 times table and so on. It was enough to distract my brain from whatever was worrying me and allowed me to get to sleep. I am astounded at the difference it has made. I have suffered for decades and this simple exercise sorted it within a few weeks.

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Entertainment News

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Hritik-akshay

Hrithik Roshan and his father Rakesh Roshan are not the least pissed off with the joke in Hrithik’s extra thumb in this season’s hit Toilet: Ek Prem Katha. For those who came in late, the film has a segment on Akshay Kumar’s father seeking a bride with an extra thumb for his son for astrological reasons. At one point Akshay and his screen-brother Divyendu Sharma stare at a hoarding of Hrithik Roshan and Sharma mumbles, “Maybe he can help us.”

Far from fuming over the joke, Hrithik’s father Rakesh Roshan tells me. “I really enjoyed watching the film. I liked what it had to say. It is a praiseworthy mixture of a message and entertainment.”

Both father and son Rakesh and Hrithik Roshan saw the film and enjoyed it. In fact Hrithik and Akshay are neighbours. And Hrithik is very close to both Akshay and his wife Twinkle. Says a source in the know, “Akshay kept Hrithik in the loop about the joke on the extra thumb. And Hrithik was okay with it. The Roshans know when to take a joke on their chin.”

Toilet: Ek Prem Katha director Shree Narayan Singh admits he was nervous about the Roshans’ ‘thumbing down’ the joke. “Yes, I was a little apprehensive. Actually after Rakeshji saw our movie he did call me. I was delighted and honoured when he congratulated me. I am so happy that he and Hrithik both liked the film and also took the joke in the right spirit. The joke was not meant to hurt anyone’s feelings and I am so glad they understood that. It’s a good feeling to get such positive feedback from people like Rakeshji, Hrithik and Sooraj Barjatyaj. Sorrajji texted me after seeing the film.Bahot logon ne phone aur text kiya. I am deeply touched and feeling very emotional.”

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WOW! After Baadshaho, Ajay Devgn and Ileana D’Cruz to collaborate once again for Raj Kumar Gupta’s Raid1

Ileana D’Cruz is known to be a professional actor who shoots without proving to be a headache for her film’s producers and actors. Till date, one has never heard of Ileana D’Cruz of being accused of unprofessionalism, not even in blind items. She was recently also lauded for successfully working with female co-actresses in multiple two-heroine films without any problem. These factors definitely help in getting more work and Ileana D’Cruz surely seems to be benefiting from it. Even before her film with Ajay Devgn, Baadshaho, releases she has, it seems, already been signed for the latter’s next, Raid, directed by Raj Kumar Gupta.

Raid is based on the real story of one of the most high-profile income tax raids in the country, and is reportedly set in the 80s in Uttar Pradesh. Ajay Devgn essays the role of the no-nonsense IT officer. While Ileana D’Cruz is set to play his love interest, it is said that her role is crucial to the narrative. According to reports, the sizzling chemistry of Ajay Devgn and Ileana D’Cruz in the recently released song of Baadshaho, ‘Mere Rashke Qamar’, was much appreciated and it convinced Raid makers to sign Ileana.

Raid is written by Ritesh Shah, who has also scripted Pink, Airlift, Madaari, D-Day etc. in the past. It is produced by Abhishek Pathak, who also produced Akshay Kumar’s 2013 film Special 26, which was also revolved around raids and was set in 80s, just like Raj Kumar Gupta’s Raid.

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