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The Saudi government is reportedly preparing to claim that journalist Jamal Khashoggi was killed in a botched interrogation. The interrogation was supposed to facilitate Khashoggi’s abduction from Turkey. The pending admission follows initial denial by Saudi Arabia of any connection with Khashoggi’s assumed death. Saudi authorities originally claimed Khashoggi left his consulate alive.
The co-founder of Microsoft Paul Allen died of cancer complications in Seattle at the age of 65 on Monday. Allen’s death comes after he revealed he was being treated for non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in early October. Allen dropped out of college along with Bill Gates to create Microsoft in the 1970s. He was the 27th-richest person in the world, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index.
A bill condemning ‘anti-white racism’ was defeated in the Australian Senate by just three votes. Australia’s far-right One Nation party leader Pauline Hanson asked for backing for her ‘it is OK to be white’ motion. Australian Prime Minister flagged moving the country’s embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, following US President Trump’s move.
At least 12 people were killed in the worst flooding in France in over a century as up to seven months worth of rain fell in a few hours in southwestern France. The region’s residents were instructed to remain indoors as more than 700 firemen and helicopters were sent to aid in rescue efforts.
The case against Harvard University for discriminating against Asian-Americans opened in Boston on Monday carrying implications for colleges across the US. Harvard denied discrimination in its opening statement, claiming race can only help candidates’ admission chances. Students for Fair Admissions accused Harvard of discriminating against Asian-Americans through its ‘personal rating’ score.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex announced they are expecting their first child on Monday. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s first child is expected to arrive in the spring. The father of football player Vincent Kompany became the first black mayor in Belgium. Pierre Kompany is now mayor of a town in the Brussels region.