Saudi Arabia has confirmed that journalist Jamal Khashoggi is dead. Saudi television announced on Friday that he died inside the country’s consulate in Istanbul but has offered a different explanation to the Turkish authorities. They have claimed that an altercation broke out inside the consulate, which escalated into the death of Khashoggi.
Julian Assange is set to sue Ecuador over his stay in their London embassy. He has accused the South American nation of violating his human rights. Earlier this year the Ecuadorian government cut off Assange’s internet access for interfering in other nations affairs and just last week they issued him with ‘house rules’, which require his visitors to adhere to certain conditions.
At least 50 people have been killed in Punjab after being struck by a train. A further 200 are believed to be injured as a result of the incident in northern India. The victims were standing on the tracks watching the effigy of demon king Ravana burn during the Dusshera festival. The effigy was filled with firecrackers which prevented them from hearing the oncoming train.
And in other news,
A man on a Northwest Airlines flight forced the flight to make an emergency landing in New Mexico for attempting to engage in a game of footsie. The intoxicated man allegedly tried to play the game with a non-consenting woman who was seated next to him. It is likely that the man will face federal charges as a result of the incident.
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