Clinton Deplores ‘Deplorables’; Lazy in the U.K.: Saturday Wrap

  • Stranded Hanjin ship finally delivers goods to U.S. port
  • Syria truce agreement doesn’t stop another round of attacks

Here are highlights of Saturday’s top breaking stories from around the world:

U.S. Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton apologized for a poor choice of words in declaring that “half” of Republican Donald Trump’s supporters belong in a “basket of deplorables” as Trump surrogates, already buoyed by recent tightening in the polls, tried to inflict maximum damage. It evoked Mitt Romney’s campaign-sinking utterance in 2012 that 47 percent of Americans were dependent on the government and wouldn’t vote for him anyway.

Speaking of remarks one would like to take back: U.K. International Secretary Liam Fox was recorded saying that Britain’s business leaders are fat and lazy and would rather play golf than work hard.

Bankrupt shipping giant Hanjin Shipping was finally able to start offloading some of its wayward container vessels after a U.S. court blocked creditors from seizing its assets, and Korean Air agreed to provide funds to allow the ships to berth and get unloaded.

The chief executive officer of the Nordic region’s largest bank predicted it will take as long as five years for the U.K. to complete its departure from the European Union.

Various sides in the Syria civil war got in their last licks ahead of the cease fire that was negotiated Friday night by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. The agreement doesn’t take effect until Monday.

Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond told European Union finance ministers that the U.K. government won’t lower its corporate tax rate below 17 percent. That would mean not following through on previous Chancellor George Osborne’s target of 15 percent.

Taiwan’s stock market, in a rare Saturday session, fell the most in two months -- taking up where the U.S. ended its week.

Ben Slate, a former health-care sector leader for Steven Cohen’s SAC Capital who was deposed in the criminal insider-trading case that sent portfolio manager Mathew Martoma to prison, died at age 39.

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