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Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Photo: Billal Bensalem/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Hani Khoja, a partner at the American consulting firm McKinsey & Co., was arrested in the fall of 2017 by Saudi Arabian officials and has yet to be released, the Wall Street Journal reports. In recent months, he has reportedly been "beaten repeatedly."

Details: Khoja is a Saudi national, and his arrest coincided with what the Saudis labeled a sweeping crackdown on corruption. He was reportedly arrested by the Saudis because of his relationship with Adel Fakeih, the economy ministry's chief, who was also arrested.

  • Khoja became a partner at McKinsey after the firm purchased a consulting company he co-founded, Elixir Creative Solutions Co., the Journal reports, which "did work for the Saudi Ministry of Economy and Planning."
  • A spokesman for the firm told the WSJ that, as of earlier this year, Khoja is no longer an employee at McKinsey.
  • The spokesman added that the firm doesn’t know where Khoja is and was not informed that he was physically abused: “We have sought information from the authorities. We are anxious to know more and are in regular touch with Mr. Khoja’s family."
  • McKinsey has continued its work with the Saudi government despite Khoja's arrest.

The backdrop: The news comes as the world is still reeling from the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who was murdered at the Saudi consulate earlier this year.

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Celtics center Enes Kanter. Photo: Jim Michaud/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald via Getty Images

China will no longer stream Boston Celtics games after center Enes Kanter called Chinese President Xi Jinping a "brutal dictator" in a social media post over the Chinese government's repressive policies in Tibet, according to the New York Times.

Why it matters: Kanter's criticism of Beijing has sparked another round of trouble for the NBA in China, one of its largest and most restrictive markets.

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Trump's new venture could be peak SPAC

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Former President Trump last night announced plans to launch a digital media network called "Truth Social," and said it would go public via a SPAC called Digital World Acquisition (Nasdaq: DWAC).

What to know: So far, this is a joke. The press release didn't contain even basic information, such as the new company's CEO. In fact, the only execs mentioned are Trump (as chairman) and veteran TV producer Scott St. John as head of a subscription streaming service.

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2 hours ago - Economy & Business

Tesla is outrunning the supply chain crunch

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Data: FactSet and company release; Chart: Will Chase/Axios

Tesla, citing a "structural shift" in demand for electric vehicles, reported its highest-ever quarterly profit of $1.6 billion and $13.8 billion in revenues despite supply chain problems.

The big picture: The company's third-quarter report says the chip shortage, port congestion and other woes have affected its factories but argues that "flexibility" and "ingenuity" are a counterweight.