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Prosecutor Jakob Buch-Jepsen holds a press briefing in Copenhagen, Denmark, over the case involving the death of Swedish journalist Kim Wall in 2017. Photo: Ole Jensen - Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images

Peter Madsen, the Danish inventor accused of brutally murdering and sexually mutilating Swedish journalist Kim Wall on his submarine in 2017, was sentenced to life in prison Wednesday, Reuters' Emil Nielson reports.

The details: 30-year-old Wall was researching Madsen's plans to be the first to launch a human into space in a home-made rocket when she was killed. Madsen was then immediately detained and charged with "homicide, dismemberment and the indecent handling of a corpse," despite having denied killing Wall, the Washington Post reports.

What investigators think happened: While traveling on board Madsen's private submarine, the inventor allegedly sexually assaulted Wall, killed her, then dismembered her body and threw it into the sea.

During the trial, Madsen "changed his version of events several times," writes Nielson, and eventually claimed Wall was "suffocated by an accidental gas leak." But evidence showed that Wall was either strangled or had her throat cut.

  • The Post reports that Madsen also said he dismembered Wall's body "so he could more easily remove her from the submarine and bury her at sea."

What's next: Nielson reports that Denmark's life sentences are "typically around 15 years without parole," and that Madsen plans to appeal for a different verdict.

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The scene in 2019 of a site believed to be a re-education camp where mostly Muslim ethnic minorities are detained, north of Kashgar in China's northwestern Xinjiang region. Photo: Greg Baker/AFP via Getty Images

Chinese authorities have breached "each and every act prohibited" under the UN Genocide Convention over the treatment of Uyghurs and other Muslim minorities in China's Xinjiang province, an independent report published Tuesday alleges.

Why it matters: D.C. think-tank the Newlines Institute for Strategy and Policy, which released the report, said in a statement the conclusions by dozens of experts in war crimes, human rights and international law are "clear and convincing": The ruling Chinese Communist Party bears responsibility.

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Twitter on Monday filed a lawsuit against Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton (R), saying that his office launched an investigation into the social media giant because it banned former President Trump from its platform.

Driving the news: Twitter is seeking to halt an investigation launched by Paxton into moderation practices by Big Tech firms including Twitter for what he called "the seemingly coordinated de-platforming of the President," days after they banned him following the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection.

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Sen. Roy Blunt's retirement highlights the twin challenge facing Senate Republicans: finding good replacement candidates and avoiding a pathway for potential troublemakers to join their ranks.

Why it matters: While the midterm elections are supposed to be a boon to the party out of power, the recent run of retirements — which may not be over — is upending that assumption for the GOP in 2022.

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