Saudi Arabia’s public prosecutor concluded the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi was ordered by an intelligence officer and not Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. There are 21 people in total in custody for the murder of Khashoggi. Five may face the death penalty. The Trump administration also has sanctioned 17 Saudi officials for their alleged involvement in the killing.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) launched a collection of restrictions on Thursday aimed at reducing the increase in underage use of tobacco products. Sales restrictions will be imposed on flavored e-cigarettes with plans to ban menthol cigarettes and flavored cigars. If enacted against the tobacco industry’s wishes, the steps could significantly improve public health.
The first official day of the planned repatriation of thousands of Rohingyas to Myanmar was a failure as no one agreed to return. Despite a joint deal between Bangladesh and Myanmar, the UN says people should not be forced to return. The repatriation plan was met by mass protests in Rohingya refugee camps.
Following a collection of resignations and chaos within her government on Thursday, UK Prime Minister Theresa May asserted that Britain will leave the EU in March with or without a deal. May claimed she will be the leader to ‘see this through.’ Some members of Parliament requested a second ‘people’s vote’ to rethink Brexit.
Following a machine review which showed Democratic Senator Bill Nelson falling just behind his Republican counterpart Governor Rick Scott, Florida’s Senate race will move to a hand recount. Republican Ron DeSantis appeared to beat Democrat Andrew Gillum to become Florida’s Governor. Officials will examine thousands of ballots which may not have been tallied correctly.
Facebook announced on Thursday that it ended its relationship with Washington-based consulting firm Definers Public Affairs after it was revealed the firm spread disparaging information about Facebook critics and competitors. Facebook also announced the creation of an independent content moderating body. Uber lost more than $1 billion in its last quarter after decreased bookings.