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5 things you need to know now
5 things you need to know now
  • Saudi Arabia admits Khashoggi died in consulate

  • Trump says immigration reform would take 'less than one hour' if Democrats cooperated

  • Migrant caravan stalls at southern Mexican border

  • U.S.-South Korean military exercise canceled

  • Remains of 63 infants found in Detroit funeral home

Saudi Arabia on Saturday conceded missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi died inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, as Turkey has alleged. "Discussions that took place between [Khashoggi] and the persons who met him ... led to a brawl and a fist fight ... which led to his death," said Saudi Attorney General Sheikh Saud al-Mojeb. "The investigations are still underway, and 18 Saudi nationals have been arrested." Riyadh provided no evidence to support this account. President Trump told reporters he found the explanation credible, calling it "a big step." "Saudi Arabia has been a great ally," he said. "What happened is unacceptable."

Source: The New York Times, Al Jazeera

"If the Democrats would stop being obstructionists and come together," President Trump tweeted Saturday morning, "we could write up and agree to new immigration laws in less than one hour. Look at the needless pain and suffering that they are causing. Look at the horrors taking place on the Border." He concluded with an invitation for Democratic congressional leaders to contact him. In past negotiations about specific immigration reform proposals, Trump has proven mercurial, taking a variety of rapidly changing and inconsistent positions and drawing critique from within his own party.

Source: Donald J. Trump

A massive caravan of mostly Honduran migrants stalled Friday and Saturday at Mexico's southern border while trying to make their way to the United States. Mexican authorities have said those who meet entry requirements, like holding a visa, will be allowed through, but so far only a trickle — many women and children — have made it past the bridge checkpoint over the Suchiate River where hundreds waited overnight. Police in riot gear have used tear gas and smoke to control the crowd. President Trump has threatened to close the southern border to keep the migrants out, but he agreed Thursday night to evaluate their asylum claims.

Source: CNN, CBS News

The U.S. and South Korea on Friday canceled plans for a major joint military exercise previously scheduled for December. "Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis and Minister of National Defense Jeong Kyeong-doo decided to suspend Exercise Vigilant Ace to give the diplomatic process [with North Korea] every opportunity to continue," said chief Pentagon spokesperson Dana White. She also reported Japan was consulted before the decision was made. North Korea has long complained of such exercises, calling them "war games." President Trump agreed to suspend some exercises while denuclearization talks proceed.

Source: CNN, The Washington Post

A week after the remains of 11 babies were found in the ceiling of a shuttered Detroit funeral home, another 63 bodies of infants were discovered in a separate funeral home in the city. So far, police say there is no apparent connection between the two facilities. The second funeral home has now been closed as well. "This is deeply disturbing," said Detroit Police Chief James Craig. "I have never seen anything like this." Investigators are working to determine the identities of the infants as well as why they were not handled appropriately.

Source: Reuters, Detroit Free Press
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