Nov 15, 2018

Saudi Arabia seeks death penalty for 5 suspects in Khashoggi killing

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The Saudi government announced that it will seek the death penalty for at least five of the 11 people indicted in connection with the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, reports the Washington Post.

The big picture: More than a month after Khashoggi was killed inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, the Saudi government released the findings of its investigation. The Saudis claim an operation to kidnap Khashoggi was ordered by former deputy head of intelligence Ahmed al-Asiri, who they say did not receive a directive from his superiors, and that the head of the negotiation team decided to kill Khashoggi after concluding it would be too difficult to bring him back alive. They confirmed his body was dismembered and given to a "local collaborator" for disposal.

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Minnesota activates National Guard amid fallout from George Floyd death

A portrait of George Floyd hangs on a street light pole in Minneapolis. Photo: Stephen Maturen/Getty Images

George Floyd, 46, moved to Minnesota to improve his life and become his "best self," but instead, he is dead because of Minneapolis police.

The latest: Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz declared a state of emergency and activated the state's National Guard in response to violent clashes over the past two days between police and protesters in the Twin Cities.

Trump signs executive order targeting protections for social media platforms

President Trump signed an executive order on Thursday designed to limit the legal protections that shield social media companies from liability for the content users post on their platforms.

What they're saying: "Currently, social media giants like Twitter receive an unprecedented liability shield based on the theory that they are a neutral platform, which they are not," Trump said in the Oval Office. "We are fed up with it. It is unfair, and it's been very unfair."