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Trump ‘concerned’ about missing journalist; Saudis deny involvement
"I am concerned about that," Trump said. "I don't like hearing about it and hopefully that will sort itself out. Right now, nobody knows anything about it." "There's some pretty bad stories about it. I do not like it," he added. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo echoed his comments in a statement late Wednesday, saying there were "conflicting reports," but that the US was "concerned" by Khashoggi's disappearance. "We call…
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Saudi dissidents abroad fear intensified crackdown
Unnamed Turkish officials said Friday that Khashoggi, 58, was killed inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. A political adviser to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Yasin Aktay, said Sunday that "the possibility of him being killed is stronger than other possibilities." Activists say the reports about Khashoggi are the latest political "bombshell" in a series of moves to crush dissent under the leadership of 33-year-old Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.…
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UN Ambassador Nikki Haley resigns
A senior State Department official said Haley told her staff this morning. A source familiar with the matter said Haley's resignation caught national security adviser John Bolton and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo by surprise. Teasing an announcement in the Oval Office this morning, Trump called Haley "my friend." "Big announcement with my friend Ambassador Nikki Haley in the Oval Office at 10:30am," he tweeted. Axios was first to report…
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Four killed after massive sinkhole opens in Chinese city
According to state media, the sinkhole opened up around 2:30 p.m. Sunday in Dazhou, Sichuan province. Dramatic video from the scene showed people suddenly plunging through the pavement as it collapsed beneath them. Two victims died after being pulled from the pit and rushed to a hospital, state media said. They were reportedly married only days before. Efforts to rescue the other victims, a father and his young son, were…
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Who was in on Banksy’s ‘self-destruct’ art stunt?
Written by Hilary ClarkeLondon The auction house says it didn't know anything about it. The artist famously doesn't like to show his face. The buyer is a mystery. So, for that matter, is the seller. In the case of the "self-destructing Banksy," nothing adds up. The startling stunt at Sotheby's in London on Friday has set the art world aflame. The image of a girl reaching out for a red,…
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Interpol chief’s arrest shows one-party rule is the only important thing to China
Meng Hongwei, head of the international policing organization Interpol, vanished after he flew back to China in late September, only for Beijing to announce in recent days he was being held for corruption. The first Chinese official to be reach the top of Interpol, Meng's appointment just two years ago had been seen as a victory for Beijing and was widely celebrated in state media. "You've got the head of…
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Sydney Opera House protesters disrupt horse racing advertisement
Plans to splash an advertisement for the Everest Cup horse race on the side of the UNESCO World Heritage site fiercely divided Australia's largest city in the past week. While some considered the use of an Australian cultural icon to promote a race "sacrilegious," Prime Minister Scott Morrison said it was logical to use the "biggest billboard Sydney has." Hundreds of protestors shouting "our house" gathered outside the Opera House…
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Salisbury poisoning: Russian doctor identified as second suspect
UK website Bellingcat claimed Monday the agent traveling under the name Alexander Petrov is a military doctor named Alexander Mishkin, a 39-year-old working for Russian military intelligence, the GRU. According to the investigative site, "multiple sources familiar with Mishkin, both in St. Petersburg and in his native Loyga" identified Petrov as Mishkin. CNN has not independently verified Bellingcat's reporting. The UK's Metropolitan Police Service said it would not comment on…