In today's news headlines:
* Barrick Gold Corp.’s top executive says the gold industry needs more consolidation so it can increase exploration to boost depleting reserves, lure more generalist investors and improve efficiencies;
* As SA’s crackdown on corruption gathers steam, in Brazil efforts to stop graft are winding down. President Jair Bolsonaro said he’s put an end to the country’s long-running Carwash probe;
* President Donald Trump said he won’t participate in the second scheduled debate with Joe Biden after the organising group said it would be held remotely; and
* The executive director of the European Medicines Agency said a Covid-19 vaccine is looking “unlikely” by year-end.