Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons headquarters in The Hague. Photo: Pierre Crom/Getty Images

Moscow has reportedly accused the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) — an international chemical warfare watchdog — of "manipulating results in Skripal probe," reports the Agence France-Presse. Sergei Skripal, and his daughter Yulia were poisoned in Salisbury, England last month with a nerve agent.

The backdrop: Earlier this month, the OPCW rejected Russia's proposal for a joint investigation into the poisoning. The U.K., along with France, Germany, and the U.S. have blamed Russia for the attack, and countries around the world have expelled Russian diplomats in retaliation. Skripal is reportedly responding to treatment and is no longer in critical condition.

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Biden says he will appoint commission on Supreme Court reform

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Joe Biden told CBS' "60 Minutes" this week that if elected, he would put together a bipartisan commission to study the federal court system and make recommendations for reform.

Why it matters: Biden has come under pressure to clarify his position on court packing after some Democrats suggested expanding the court if Senate Republicans confirm President Trump's Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett.

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Wall Street still prefers bonds

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Investors' return on U.S. corporate bonds has been falling since its August peak, but buying has only accelerated, especially in investment grade bonds that are offering historically low yields.

The state of play: Since hitting its 2020 high on Aug. 4, the benchmark Bloomberg Barclays U.S. bond aggregate has delivered a -2.2% return. (For comparison, the S&P 500 has gained 3.9% during the same time period.)