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Photo: Chris McGrath/Getty Images

The State Department announced Monday that it would ban 16 Saudi nationals from entering the U.S. due to their roles in the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

The big picture: The Trump administration in November had imposed sanctions on 17 Saudis under the Magnitsky Act, but had otherwise come under scrutiny for failing to respond with force to Khashoggi's brutal assassination at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul last October.

  • The U.S. intelligence community has reportedly concluded that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the Khashoggi operation, but the Trump administration — which has maintained close ties to MBS through senior adviser Jared Kushner — has chosen not to directly retaliate against him.

The following individuals have been barred from entering the U.S.:

  • Saud al-Qahtani
  • Maher Mutreb
  • Salah Tubaigy
  • Meshal Albostani
  • Naif Alarifi
  • Mohammed Alzahrani
  • Mansour Abahussain
  • Khalid Alotaibi
  • Abdulaziz Alhawsawi
  • Waleed Alsehri
  • Thaar Alharbi
  • Fahad Albalawi
  • Badr Alotaibi
  • Mustafa Almadani
  • Saif Alqahtani
  • Turki Alsehri

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Salesforce rolls the dice on Slack

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Salesforce's likely acquisition of workplace messaging service Slack — not yet a done deal but widely anticipated to be announced Tuesday afternoon — represents a big gamble for everyone involved.

For Slack, challenged by competition from Microsoft, the bet is that a deeper-pocketed owner like Salesforce, with wide experience selling into large companies, will help the bottom line.

FBI stats show border cities are among the safest

Data: FBI, Kansas Bureau of Investigation; Note: This table includes the eight largest communities on the U.S.-Mexico border and eight other U.S. cities similar in population size and demographics; Chart: Naema Ahmed/Axios

U.S. communities along the Mexico border are among the safest in America, with some border cities holding crime rates well below the national average, FBI statistics show.

Why it matters: The latest crime data collected by the FBI from 2019 contradicts the narrative by President Trump and others that the U.S.-Mexico border is a "lawless" region suffering from violence and mayhem.

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The rise of military space powers

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

Nations around the world are shoring up their defensive and offensive capabilities in space — for today's wars and tomorrow's.

Why it matters: Using space as a warfighting domain opens up new avenues for technologically advanced nations to dominate their enemies. But it can also make those countries more vulnerable to attack in novel ways.