...Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump sparred over ISIS, race in the US, and Trump’s unreleased tax returns during the first US presidential debate. The Colombian government and left-wing FARC rebels have signed a historic peace agreement. And what it’s like to go to your own digital funeral.
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Lies, ISIS, nukes, and sniffles: your guide to last night’s US presidential debate.
Hillary Clinton is a strong debater, and she came to play — Donald Trump was winging it, BuzzFeed News’ Ben Smith writes. The candidates sparred over terrorism, cyber security, policing, gun control, tax cuts, foreign trade, and race during the first of three presidential debates.
Once again, Trump linked violent crime and immigration, bringing up undocumented people in response to a question about gun violence in the US. “We have gangs roaming the streets,” Trump said. “In many cases they’re illegal here. Illegal immigrants, they have guns. They shoot people.”
Chip card readers are painfully slow. Square’s may be faster.
Square — the mobile payments processing company led by Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey — is introducing a chip card reader it says will process payments in 4.2 seconds, compared with the industry average of between 8 and 13 seconds.
Square’s new readers can also process payment methods like Apple Pay and Android Pay — which means you don’t even have to touch your card to the reader. According to Square’s head of hardware product development, Jesse Dorogusker, this is “far superior technology” because these methods typically require a second piece of authentication like a fingerprint.
Why America will never stop trying to solve JonBenét Ramsey’s murder.
Though little more is known today than in 1996 about how the 6-year-old beauty queen died, a new wave of JonBenét-related media has nonetheless begun to crest in anticipation of the 20th anniversary of her murder. The American public hasn’t stopped looking at the pageant star, and has never stopped looking for justice in her name.
In primetime specials and TV movies, in best-selling true crime accounts and self-published screeds, in online communities that formed in the early days of dial-up and still thrive today, and in magazine and tabloid spreads, the continued fascination with the murder of JonBenét reveals America’s relentless love for stories that encompass the lurid and the pure.
JonBenét Ramsey was 6 years old when she was murdered in her home in Boulder, Colorado, on Christmas night in 1996. BuzzFeed News; Alamy
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US news: A total of nine people were injured when a shooter opened fire near a Houston, Texas, strip mall on Monday. Police say they shot and killed the shooter. And the parents of Arcan Cetin, 20, the suspected shooter in Friday’s attack at a Washington mall, say he “had mental issues.” Cetin was charged with five counts of murder in the first degree on Monday.
Peace deal: The Colombian government and left-wing FARC rebels have signed a historic agreement that formally brings an end to 52 years of armed conflict, BBC News reports.
UK politics: Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has infuriated the Scottish branch of his party by trying to block its new powers.
Conflict in Syria: Dozens of children were among those killed after the Syrian government launched a major offensive to retake the rebel-held parts of Aleppo over the weekend.
In business: The Department of Labor is suing Palantir, accusing the data analysis company of systematic discrimination against Asian job applicants.