Dead Voters; Affleck’s Second Act; Saudi Squeeze: Sunday Wrap

  • Deutsche Bank considering contraction in U.S. operations
  • Kerry, Johnson to push for more sanctions on Russia, Syria

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

U.S. Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and his surrogates talked up a “rigged” election on the Sunday talk shows, with former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani saying that Democrats in heavily-minority urban areas will arrange for dead people to vote. New polls showed significant broadening of the gender gap since a tape showed Trump boasting about making unsolicited sexual advances.

Deutsche Bank is considering whether to shrink its U.S. operations, though it doesn’t appear that doing so would be mandated by the Justice Department as part of a settlement in a mortgage-backed securities case.

The interest rates Saudi banks charge each other for loans rose by the most in two months, continuing to defy attempts by the central bank to relax lending limits and inject money into the banking system to spur an economy battered by low oil prices.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and U.K. Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said there may be additional economic sanctions against Russia and Syria, partly because neither country wants to lead military intervention in Syria’s civil war.

The approval of Italy’s biggest bank merger in almost a decade is a first step to return the nation’s lenders to health. But between the uncertain political future of the prime minister, who has pushed for the consolidation, and the ongoing saga over whether Monte Paschi will survive, there’s a long way to go.

Ben Affleck showed again that he can make the movie ticket sales add up: his film “The Accountant” topped the weekly box office in its debut.

South Africa President Jacob Zuma is paying an ever-higher price for trying to sack his finance minister, who’s now using the courts to press his contention that Zuma’s friends, the Gupta family, took advantage of their unusual connections to conduct suspicious business deals.

More U.K. legislators across parties are pressuring Prime Minister Teresa May to provide more detail on her Brexit plans before Article 50 is triggered, contending that while voters approved leaving the EU, they never approved the terms.

A failed missile test in North Korea detected by the U.S. military on Saturday was of a medium-range weapon, capable of hitting U.S. bases in Japan or Guam. It exploded shortly after takeoff, South Korea said.