President Trump commented on Tuesday that Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman was being treated as ‘guilty until proven innocent’ in the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Trump’s comment came amid Western pressure on Saudi officials to provide answers. Turkish officials say a search of the Istanbul Saudi consulate yielded further murder evidence.
Official UK figures showed that wages excluding bonuses increased at their fastest pace in nearly ten years. The latest report from the Office for National Statistics showed wages 3.1% higher than in the same quarter last year. The chief economist at the Bank of England noted signs of a ‘new dawn’ for wage growth in UK.
A migrant caravan organizer was detained in Guatemala on Tuesday as US officials threatened to withdraw aid from Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador if migrant flow to the US was not stopped. The Honduras government urged citizens not to join the US caravan. Estimates claim up to 2,000 migrants are part of the caravan.
Top officials in China’s Xinjiang region defended the alleged use of internment camps for Uighur Muslims. Officials claim the ‘vocational education’ centers were effective in preventing terrorism. Rights groups claim Muslims are detained indefinitely without charge. Xinjiang officials assert action is necessary to prevent terrorism and deny claims of detainment of Uighur Muslims and other minorities.
Following guidance from Wall Street banks, Uber could target a valuation of $120 billion for next year. The IPO would nearly double Uber’s recent valuation of $70 billion. Netflix exceeded earnings estimates in the latest quarterly report published on Tuesday. The company projects adding 9.4 million net subscribers in the fourth quarter.
A US military airstrike killed at least 60 al-Shabab militants in central Somalia on Friday in the deadliest airstrike since 2017. The US cooperated with Somali forces to target the militant group. Top US military official Marine General Joseph Dunford said ‘little progress has been made’ dealing with underlying conditions leading to Islamist extremism.