Good morning! Morning Minutes is a round-up of stories that will break on Monday, Aug 29, and which we think you'd be interested in.
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Impeachment trial on in Brazil
Brazil’s suspended president Dilma Rousseff is scheduled to appear in person today (Aug 29) to defend herself in an impeachment trial that is expected to remove her from office for good. She is being accused of illegal accounting practices and fiddling with the country’s Budget to mask a slumping economy.
US Secretary of State John Kerry on visit to Bangladesh, India
United States Secretary of State John Kerry will visit Bangladesh today (Aug 29) to discuss closer cooperation on international issues and hold talks on security and human rights. His visit comes just days after Bangladeshi security forces killed three Islamist militants, including the alleged mastermind of a terror attack on a cafe in Dhaka last month. Mr Kerry will also leave for India on the same day for a visit to New Delhi. The three-day India visit will see him attend meetings with senior Indian officials and co-chair the second US-India Strategic and Commercial Dialogue.
Clue to when Fed may hike rates
Investors looking for the next clue to when the US Federal Reserve might lift interest rates off historic lows will probably have to wait till Friday (Sept 2) when closely watched job creation data for August this month comes out. Last month, a hefty 255,000 US non-farm jobs were created – and any figure as bullish as that would lift expectations for an early rate rise. Last Friday, Fed chairman Janet Yellen said there was a stronger case for a rise, but stopped short of setting out a timetable.