Outside the perimeter of the Republican National Convention, protesters have beenmaking the case against Donald Trump’s proposed wall with Mexico. Inside the convention, Marco Gutierrez, a 42 year-old Mexican-American mortgage broker, has found himself preaching a more unusual message: “Latinos for Trump”.

“He’s got life experience, knowledge and an ability to restore the economy. I’ve seen a lot of Latinos lose their savings. Donald Trump brings hope to businesses,” Mr Gutierrez said in an interview. Read more

Turkey’s bungled putsch

Following a failed military coup in Turkey, President Erdogan has launched a sweeping crackdown on alleged plot sympathisers. Who was responsible for the uprising? And how have Ankara’s western allies responded? The FT’s World News editor Ben Hall speaks to Mehul Srivastava, the FT’s correspondent in Turkey, and former Turkey correspondent Daniel Dombey.

On the eve of his acceptance speech at the Republican convention, Donald Trump has rattled allies in Europe and Asia with an extensive interview about his foreign policy worldview with the New York Times. Here are the most striking passages from the transcript:

1) The US and Nato Most of the attention has focused on Trump’s views on whether the US would defend a Nato ally under attack from Russia: Read more

Draghi behind EU symbol

The European Central Bank’s governing council met today to discuss policy following the UK’s vote to leave the EU.

President Mario Draghi refused to be drawn on the prospect for any further stimulus in September. But he stressed that while Brexit was a “headwind” the financial system had proved resilient.

Key points

  • Rates have been kept on hold
  • Mr Draghi says that markets have shown “encouraging resilience” to the Brexit vote
  • The ECB had not discussed changing the terms of its asset purchases to include a wider range of bonds
  • The recovery is continuing – all be it at a slower pace
  • Shares in Italian banks jumped following Mr Draghi’s statement that a public backstop for non-performing loans would be “very useful”

 

When is plagiarism not plagiarism? The saga over Melania Trump’s convention speech took another turn today with a letter released by Donald Trump’s campaign. Someone called Meredith McIver, who described herself as “an in-house staff writer from the Trump Organization” and a “longtime friend and admirer of the Trump family”, said she had written portions of Mrs Trump’s Monday evening address. Read more

When is plagiarism not plagiarism? The saga over Melania Trump’s convention speech took another turn today with a letter released by Donald Trump’s campaign. Someone called Meredith McIver, who described herself as “an in-house staff writer from the Trump Organization” and a “longtime friend and admirer of the Trump family”, said she had written portions of Mrs Trump’s Monday evening address.

Ms McIver attempted to explain the similarities with a Michelle Obama speech in 2008: “Over the phone, she read me some passages from Mrs Obama’s speech as examples. I wrote them down and later included some of the phrasing in the draft that ultimately became the final speech. I did not check Mrs Obama’s speeches.” Read more

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As White House Countdown goes to press, the delegates on the convention floor are conducting the vote to formally anoint Donald Trump as the Republican presidential nominee who will face Hillary Clinton in the November election.

Earlier, Melania Trump was the main topic of conversation at the convention following accusations that she plagiarised part of her Monday speech from an address that Michelle Obama gave at the Democratic convention in 2008. The Trump campaign struggled to explain what had happened, and the knives came out. Former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski said that Paul Manafort, the man who ousted him, should be fired if he signed off on the speech. Here is our profile of Mrs Trump and our piece on how the Trump show has been full of the wrong dramaRead more

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Republican delegates and party members from across America have poured into Cleveland for the Grand Old Party convention which – unless something unexpected happens – will crown Donald Trump as the party nominee, formally starting what will undoubtedly be an incredibly ugly White House race. Read more

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan delivers a speech to his supporters in Istanbul

Live coverage of the aftermath of an attempted military coup in Turkey, where 3000 members of the military and security forces have been arrested and the judiciary has been purged.

Key developments

  • Erdogan demands “head” of suspected coup plotter Gulen from US; White House says it has not received extradition request
  • Gulen tells FT coup may have been orchestrated by Erdogan
  • PM hails Turkey now back in “complete” control of government
  • Nearly 3000 members of the military arrested; 2750 judges purged, senior judges arrested
  • Plotters who fled to Greece will be returned to Turkey – foreign minister
  • Total death count hits 265, with 161 civilians killed and 1440 wounded
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    APTOPIX France Truck Attack

    Key developments

    • At least 84 people are dead after a truck ploughed into crowds, who had gathered for Bastille day celebrations, along the seafront in Nice on Thursday night.

    • French President François Hollande described the attack, which killed at least 10 children and left another 50 people in critical condition, as a “despicable act”.

    • The attacker, who was shot and killed by police, was named as Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel, a Tunisian national with a French visa.

    • There were no claim of responsibility by any terrorist organisation but prime minister Manuel Valls described the attacker as “a terrorist who was certainly linked to radical Islam in one way or another.”

     

    Donald Trump has postponed the highly anticipated unveiling of his vice-presidential running mate, which was expected on Friday in New York, following the horrific attack in Nice that has claimed the lives of more than 70 people. Read more

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    Donald Trump, his children and his campaign entourage huddled in Indiana on Wednesday as the tycoon played host of The Apprentice for one more crucial hiring decision before the Republican convention opens on Monday in Cleveland.

    Over the past week, Trump has been road-testing possible VPs: Indiana governor Mike Pence, New Jersey governor Chris Christie, and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich. I attended a rally in Westfield, Indiana last night where Trump teased the crowd about Pence after the socially conservative governor introduced the candidate with a speech attacking Hillary Clinton and lauding Trump that was clearly an on-the-job interview.

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    Italy’s struggling banks pose a test for Renzi and the EU

    Italy’s banking system is struggling in the wake of Britain’s vote to leave the European Union and ahead of stress tests this month. What does this mean for the future of Matteo Renzi, Italy’s prime minister, and for Europe’s wider economic prospects? Daniel Dombey puts the question to the FT’s Alex Barker and James Politi.

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    Five minutes. That’s how long it took before Bernie Sanders said that he was endorsing Hillary Clinton in his speech at a rally today in New Hampshire.

    For a while there – as he ran through his campaign’s accomplishments, from its 2.5m small individual contributions to its 22 state victories to its 1,900 delegates – it almost looked like he wasn’t going to do it. When he mentioned that “Secretary Clinton goes into the convention with 389 more pledged delegates than we have and a lot more super delegates,” (emphasis mine), it was hard not to read it as something of a dig at Clinton. Barney Jopson has the full rundown of the rally.

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    Throughout the campaign Donald Trump has appropriated campaign slogans and themes from the past, some more controversial than others.

    The former reality TV star has talked about the “silent majority” supporting him, a phrase borrowed from President Richard Nixon which referred to those who didn’t take to the streets to protest against the Vietnam War. “America First”, which Trump has said will be “the major and overriding theme of my administration”, shares its name with an isolationist, anti-Semitic organisation that urged the US to stay out of the second world war. Read more

    It was a carefully worded criticism – just 160 words long – that Barack Obama delivered to Poland’s government on Friday, as the US president used the NATO summit in Warsaw to rebuke the country’s right-wing ruling party for moves that have caused a constitutional crisis and seen it charged with endangering democracy.

    But the subtle critique, which drew surprise among Polish journalists and anger among some ruling politicians, was months in the making, involved dozens of advisers and hours of discussions, which culminated in a late-night meeting on the eve of the speech and a critical intervention from former secretary of state Madeleine Albright. Read more

    A day that began with a rare show of political unity over the killing of five Dallas police officers had by the late afternoon taken on a sharper political edge, although sometimes in surprising ways. Read more

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    Donald Trump should be having a better week. The media has been focused on the public rebuke that James Comey, the Federal Bureau of Investigation head, handed Hillary Clinton for being “careless” and “negligent” for sending secret national security information over her personal email account and private server, although he declined to recommend that she face prosecution. And the tycoon put to bed concerns that he was unable to raise money after he announced that he raised more than $50m since he released his official May fundraising total of $3m two weeks ago. Read more

    Chilcot report issues damning verdict on Iraq war

    This week’s Chilcot report delivered a damning verdict on Britain’s decision to go to war in Iraq in 2003. The UK’s political, military and intelligence establishments were all implicated, but particular criticism was reserved for Tony Blair, the former prime minister. Daniel Dombey discusses the report’s findings with the FT’s James Blitz and Roula Khalaf

    Broken-hearted by Brexit, thousands of Britons are applying, or thinking of applying, for citizenship in another EU country. All I can say is, unless you have recently won the BBC television quiz shows Mastermind or University Challenge, forget Denmark.

    According to Inger Støjberg, Denmark’s integration minister, more than two-thirds of the first batch of foreign applicants who took a new Danish citizenship test in June have failed the exam. Only 31.2 per cent passed, she announced on Tuesday. Take a look at some of the questions, and you will see why most people have flunked the test. Read more