Istanbul’s chief prosecutor claimed on Wednesday that Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was suffocated as he entered Saudi Arabia’s consulate and his body was dismembered and disposed of. Saudi Arabia has not commented on Turkey’s theory. Senior Saudi Prince Ahmed bin Abdulaziz returned home as the country unites in the wake of Khashoggi’s murder.
A new study shows that there has been a serious underestimation about the amount of heat soaked up by oceans in the past 25 years. Researchers claim oceans soaked up 60% more heat than previously thought. This discovery shows that Earth is more sensitive to fossil fuel emissions than believed.
France launched an investigation into why nearly 24 babies since 2000 have been born without limbs in some rural areas of the country. A separate investigation has been opened to examine cases of calves and chickens in the same areas born without limbs. The reports have fuelled fears among the French public that some kind of toxin in food, water or air could be responsible.
India unveiled the world’s largest statue which costs $430 million to build on Wednesday. The ‘Statue of Unity’ is twice as large as the Statue of Liberty and measures 597-feet tall. The statue is made of steel and bronze. The statue depicts Vallabhbhai Patel who was important in unifying India and leading it to independence.
Indonesian divers have discovered a “black box” flight data recorder from the Lion Air plane which crashed on Monday with 189 people on board. Indonesia’s military chief announced that divers are exploring an area of the Java Sea but facing rough currents. No survivors have been found thus far and Lion Air’s technical director Muhammad Asif was fired.
New York police is investigating the deaths of two Saudi Arabian sisters whose bodies were found duct-taped together in the Hudson River last week. The sisters were found facing each other and their bodies showed signs of trauma. The Farea sisters moved to the US in 2015 and had recently applied for asylum.
A crackdown on LGBT communities in Tanzania is underway as the regional governor of the country’s largest city vowed to arrest people suspected of being gay by next week. Surveillance teams have been created to find and arrest people in same-sex relationships. Homosexual acts are illegal in Tanzania and anti-gay sentiment has increased since 2015.