Gold futures saw a massive $1.5 billion liquidation in one minute yesterday which had all the hallmarks of a "non profit" liquidation - a large seller trying to manipulate gold futures lower rather than maximise profits.
"Rather than the NSA hacking tools being snatched as a result of a sophisticated cyber operation by Russia or some other nation, it seems more likely that an employee stole them. If Snowden could not have stolen the hacking tools, there are indications that after he departed in May 2013, someone else did, possibly someone assigned to the agency’s highly sensitive Tailored Access Operations."
Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi hosts German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande on an island off the coast of Naples ahead of September's EU summit called to discuss reverberations from the Brexit vote. "They will be coming to discuss how to relaunch Europe from the bottom up, there's a big need," Renzi said on Sunday. "Relaunching Europe is a totally open game but it needs to be played."
In response to Friday's allegations that Clinton started using a personal email server following the advice of Colin Powell, the former Secretary of State said Hillary Clinton’s campaign has been trying to use him to help justify her use of a private email server while she was secretary of State, and accused her of "trying to pin" her violation of department rules on him.
In a tragic development over the weekend, Bonnie Baha, head of Global Developed Credit at DoubleLine Capital LP, died as a result of an automobile accident over the weekend. As Reuters first reported, Baha, 57, helped steer the Los Angeles-based DoubleLine Capital into one of the fastest growing asset management firms in the United States.
What do they know? For the first time since the end of the Cold War, the German government plans to tell citizens to stockpile food and water in case of an attack or catastrophe, the Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung newspaper reported on Sunday.
A newly-formed governing council in Yemen could work with Russia to "fight terrorism" by allowing Moscow use of the war-torn country's military bases, Yemen's former president said on Sunday. "In the fight against terrorism we reach out and offer all facilities. Our airports, our ports... We are ready to provide this to the Russian Federation," Saleh said in an interview.
As the death toll from a deadly suicide bombing - which took place late on Saturday at a wedding party in the southern Turkish town of Gaziantep, near the southern border with Syria - rose to 51, with another 69 wounded of whom 17 were critical, Turkey's president Erdogan issued a statement denouncing the "heinous" bombing and saying that IS was "the most likely perpetrator of the Gaziantep attack." This was the deadliest attack in Turkey so far this year.
"Many people are increasingly feeling unsafe. Every law-abiding citizen should be in a position to defend themselves, their family and their friends," AfD Chairowman Frauke Petry told the Funke Media Group in an interview published on Saturday. "We all know how long it takes until the police can get to the scene, especially in sparsely populated places," she said.
Vladimir Putin flew into Crimea on Friday a day after staging war games there, and said he hoped Ukraine would see "common sense" when it came to resolving a diplomatic crisis over the peninsula. The visit comes a day after Ukraine president warned he was "prepares for an Russian invasion."