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Report: Trump replacing Nikki Haley with Heather Nauert as UN ambassador

State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert. Photo: MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images

President Trump is expected to appoint State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Bloomberg reports.

The big picture: President Trump accepted Nikki Haley’s resignation as UN ambassador in October. She will exit at the end of the year. Nauert served as spokesperson for the State Department since 2017, and became acting undersecretary for public diplomacy and public affairs earlier this year.

CIA report: Mohammed bin Salman ordered Khashoggi killing

Mohammed bin Salman at the UN
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed. Photo: Albin Lohr-Jones/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images

The CIA has concluded with "high confidence" that the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi was ordered by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS), the Washington Post reports, citing people familiar with the matter.

The big picture: MBS has repeatedly stood by his claims that he was not involved in the murder and said he would punish those responsible. The CIA report is "the most definitive to date linking Mohammed to the operation and complicates the Trump administration’s efforts to preserve its relationship with a close ally," per the Post.

In photos: See the devastation left by California's most destructive wildfire

A Cal Fire firefighter monitors a burning home as the Camp Fire moves through the area. Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

The California Camp Fire has burned more than 100,000 acres and is at 20% containment Saturday morning as it ravages the state as the most destructive wildfire in its history.

The trends: The Camp Fire that tore through Paradise, California, is not an anomaly, Axios' Andrew Freedman explains. The Golden State is experiencing one of its worst wildfire seasons on record, having had its hottest month in state history in July, along with the largest fire the state has ever recorded. According to Aon Insurance meteorologist Steve Bowen, 7 of the top 20 most destructive fires in the state have occurred since October 2017.

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