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Jamal Khashoggi. Photo: Mohammed Al-Shaikh/AFP via Getty Images

Washington Post publisher Fred Ryan responded Monday to a Saudi Arabian court's decision to sentence five people to death for the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, saying those at the top of the Saudi government "continue to escape responsibility" for the murder.

Why it matters: The Saudi government continues to deny that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman had any involvement in the assassination, despite the CIA concluding with "high confidence" last year that he ordered the assassination.

The full statement:

"The complete lack of transparency and the Saudi government's refusal to cooperate with independent investigators suggests that this was a sham trial. Those ultimately responsible, at the highest level of the Saudi government, continue to escape responsibility for the brutal murder of Jamal Khashoggi."

Go deeper: The year's biggest boxing match highlights Saudi Arabia's "sportswashing"

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The pandemic has thrust a relatively unknown ailment, anosmia — or smell loss — into the international spotlight.

Why it matters: Researchers hope smell testing becomes as standard as the annual flu shot, helping to detect early signs of neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.

Senate passes $1.9 trillion COVID relief package

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The Senate voted 50-49 on Saturday to approve President Biden's $1.9 trillion COVID relief package.

Why it matters: COVID relief has been a central promise for Biden, and passing the sweeping package has been a major priority for the administration and congressional Democrats.

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Geopolitical tensions are foiling efforts to get to the bottom of how COVID-19 originated.

Why it matters: Insights into how COVID-19 began can help us prevent future pandemics — especially if it involved any kind of leak or accident at a virology lab.