President Trump released a statement on Tuesday saying the US will stand by Saudi Arabia’s rulers and not act against them in the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. In a setback for the Trump administration, a judge ordered the US government not to enforce the ban on asylum for immigrants crossing the southern border illegally.
At least 50 people were killed in a suicide bomb attack at a religious scholar’s wedding gathering in Kabul, Afghanistan on Tuesday. There were at least another 83 people injured in what was one of the deadliest Kabul attacks in months. The Taliban condemned the attack and denied any involvement.
Amnesty International says several activists who were imprisoned since May in Saudi Arabia were beaten, sexually harassed and tortured during interrogation. At least 10 women and 7 men were detained by Saudi Arabia in connection to their work on human rights. The detainees included women campaigning for the right to drive.
Markets continued to drop on Tuesday amid losses in technology shares and continuing declines in oil prices. A recent technology selloff crossed into other sectors contributing to the volatile stock market. Asian markets also dropped on Wednesday as a result of a trade dispute between the US and China which stalled planned weekend meetings.
Israel has called Airbnb’s decision to withdraw listings in the West Bank ‘shameful.’ The company claims the decision was made because the removed settlements were ‘at the core’ of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The statement released on Monday said the decision will affect around 200 listings. Critics say the decision is an act of corporate anti-Semitism.
A dead sperm whale in a national park in Indonesia was discovered to have nearly 13 pounds of plastic waste in its stomach. The items found in the whale’s stomach included a pair of flip-flops, 25 plastic bags, and 115 drinking cups. The discovery sparked a conversation among environmentalists about the global pollution crisis.