Today's Headlines and Commentary

Today's Headlines and Commentary

By Anushka Limaye
Monday, October 22, 2018, 2:06 PM

Surveillance images released by Turkey reveal that a person who flew into Istanbul from Saudi Arabia left the Saudi consulate wearing journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s clothes shortly after Khashoggi’s disappearance, reports the New York Times. Saudi officials acknowledged the ruse, but are holding firm to their claim that Khashoggi was accidentally killed in chokehold during a fight in the consulate.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Sunday that Germany would no longer export arms to Saudi Arabia until further notice, says the Washington Post. Germany is the first major U.S. ally to halt arms deals with the Saudis over the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

The Post reports that Special Counsel Robert Mueller is intensively looking into whether Roger Stone had advance knowledge that WikiLeaks would publish emails stolen from the DNC by the Russians.

Rebels in the Democratic Republic of the Congo have killed 15 people and abducted a dozen children in North Kivu province, the epicenter of an Ebola outbreak, says the Times.

For the first time in seven years, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will meet Chinese President Xi Jinping for a bilateral meeting amid growing U.S.-China tensions as China tries to diversify its trade relations, reports the Post.

North and South Korea, as well as the U.S.-led U.N. Command have agreed to withdraw weapons and guard posts in the demilitarized border city of Panmunjom, reports Reuters.

A caravan of thousands of asylum seekers and migrants has advanced from the Honduras to the Mexican city of Tapachula despite Mexico’s threats of deportation and President Trump’s threats to close the U.S.’s southern border if the caravan is not stopped, says Reuters.

A U.S.-led coalition soldier was killed and two others were injured in an apparent insider attack by a member of the Afghan security forces on Monday, reports the Post.

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