CIA Director Gina Haspel. Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images

CIA Director Gina Haspel will brief Senate leaders Tuesday on the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, the Wall Street Journal reports, days after several lawmakers expressed outrage over her absence from last week's Senate briefing regarding U.S. support of the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen.

Why it matters: Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defense Secretary James Mattis led last week's briefing, but Haspel's absence was particularly noticeable given intelligence officials are normally present at such a meeting. The CIA also issued a key report last month which reportedly concluded with "high confidence" that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) ordered the killing.

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Europe faces "stronger and deadlier" coronavirus wave

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The coronavirus is still winning: Now even Germany is entering another national lockdown, joined by France.

Why it matters: France has been "overpowered by a second wave,” President Emmanuel Macron said in a nationally televised address today. Macron said the "new wave will be stronger and deadlier" than the first.

Stocks close down more than 3%

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Stocks took a hit on Wednesday, with the S&P 500, Dow Jones Industrials Average and Nasdaq dropping more than 3% across the board.

Why it matters: The volatility is a break from the stock market grinding higher in the face of spiking coronavirus cases, a stalling economy and gridlocked negotiations over an additional stimulus package.