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Trump's warnings of a 'rigged' election may be dangerous

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Trump's warnings of a 'rigged' election may be dangerous

Trump may be intimidating voters; Obama cancels on Philippine president after 'son of a whore' remark; Earth's oceans are warming at an astonishing pace

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A float made by the "Augusta County For Trump" group depicts Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump riding a horse and carrying a Betsy Ross U.S. flag and the United States Constitution for the Buena Vista, Va., Labor Day Parade on Monday, Sept. 5, 2016. (Heather Rousseau/The Roanoke Times via AP) Photograph: Heather Rousseau/AP

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The dangers in Trump's 'rigged election' claims

Election lawyers, donors and a former member of Congress have warned that Donald Trump's claims that if he loses in November it will be due to a "rigged" election could lead to voter intimidation. "Trump's rhetoric is troubling and casts a shadow over the legitimacy of the elections," said election lawyer Ken Gross. On the campaign trail yesterday, the Republican nominee said citizenship will be a "get out and come back in" process for the undocumented – but he was "not ruling out anything" for those who stay. "We are going to make that decision into the future," he said. The candidate later declared: "It's all about jobs. The immigration position is so clear and so well announced … It's really now so much talking about jobs because our country has been destroyed by other countries taking our jobs." Meanwhile, UN human rights chief Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein has called for the world to reject populist bigots.

Trump's 'rigged election' rhetoric could inspire voter intimidation, say experts

Hillary Clinton's Trump allergies

During a Labor Day rally speech in Cleveland, Ohio, Hillary Clinton was hit by a vigorous coughing fit. "Every time I think about Trump I get allergic," she said. The Democratic nominee suggested Trump had created an "embarrassing international incident" on his recent trip to Mexico. Later, taking her first questions from the press since December, Clinton described the hack on the Democratic National Committee as similar to Watergate. "We've never had a foreign adversarial power involved in our electoral process," she said referring to alleged Russian involvement. "I'm grateful this is being taken seriously." A new CNN poll shows Trump at 45% of likely voters, Clinton at 43%, Gary Johnson at 7% and Jill Stein at 2%, while the Real Clear Politics polling average shows Clinton only 2.4 points ahead of Trump when Libertarian Gary Johnson and the Green party's Jill Stein are factored into the race. But a Washington Post poll of all 50 states showed Clinton with a distinct advantage over her opponent in the electoral college, and the prospect of the electoral map being redrawn this year, with Texas in play for the Democratic candidate and Pennsylvania and Michigan for Trump.

Hillary Clinton: 'every time I think about Trump I get allergic'

Obama cancels on Philippine president

Barack Obama cancelled a meeting after Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte called him "son of a whore" and warned the US president not to question him on an estimated 2,400 extrajudicial killings during his country's war on drugs in two months. The leaders were scheduled to meet Tuesday at a regional summit in Laos. Duterte later expressed regret, saying his words were not meant to be taken personally.

Duterte tells Obama 'son of a whore' remark was not meant to be personal

Ocean warming 'truly staggering'

The astonishing pace of warming in the oceans is the "greatest hidden challenge of our generation", altering the distribution of marine species from microbes to whales, reducing fishing areas and starting to spread disease to humans, according to the most comprehensive analysis yet of ocean warming. The report, published by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), says if the oceans had not already absorbed an enormous amount of heat due to escalating greenhouse gas emissions, the atmosphere would be 36 degrees warmer. "We perhaps haven't realised the gross effect we are having on the oceans," said Dan Laffoley, one of the report's lead authors. Meanwhile, the newly expanded marine reserve Papahānaumokuākea highlights how little of the world's oceans are protected.

Soaring ocean temperature is 'greatest hidden challenge of our generation'

As Paralympians gather in Rio, why doesn't the US do better?

US medal dominance at the Olympics last month is unlikely to be repeated at its counterpart for those with disabilities, the Paralympic Games. With the exception of 2008 in Beijing, when the US team came third, the US hasn't made it beyond fourth since 1996. In London in 2012, the US came in sixth place. As more than 250 disabled US athletes competing in 20 sports including archery, soccer and sailing, make their final preparations for the Brazil games, serious questions are beginning to be asked, including whether they are adequately funded, supported and promoted.

Team USA should dominate the Paralympics. So why doesn't it?

Melania who?

Days after Melania Trump, wife of the Republican nominee Donald Trump, filed a defamation suit against a UK news organisation over reports she worked as an escort, a Guardian reporter visits her Slovenian hometown of Sevnica. Alex Duval Smith finds the town mayor Srečko Ocvirk embarrassed. Just a year older than the world's most famous Slovenian, and in the same school, he can't recall Melania. "I have to be honest, I cannot place her. In those days, Sevnica primary school had a lot of pupils," he said.

Melania who? Trump's wife a forgotten memory in Slovenian hometown

Serena Williams sets grand slam record

The world No 1 moved past Roger Federer with her 308th grand slam victory last night in New York, defeating Kazakhstan's Yaroslava Shvedova 6-2, 6-3 in just 68 minutes to reach the quarter-finals. "Oh wow, it is really exciting, this is where it all started so it is always so magical out here for me, but 308 sounds pretty good," Williams said about her landmark win, after moving a step closer to a record seventh US Open title.
Serena Williams sets grand slam record in reaching US Open quarter-finals

Phyllis Schlafly dies aged 92

Phyllis Schlafly, the outspoken conservative activist who helped defeat the Equal Rights Amendment in the 1970s, has died. She was 92. Schlafly died on Monday afternoon of cancer at her home in St Louis, her son John Schlafly said.

Phyllis Schlafly, outspoken rightwing activist, has died aged 92

In case you missed it

Looking for a job in finance? It is possible to fake your way into an elite investment bank so long as you can convince yourself that high finance trumps the rule of law, and taxing the rich is futile, reports Paul Mason. Besides that, there are some visual clues: "First, the obvious don'ts. No beards. Not Muslim ones, not hipster ones, not the stubble worn by movie stars. None. Also, no brown shoes."

How to blag a job in finance: buy some black shoes and talk like an aristocrat

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