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Saudis don't know where Khashoggi's body is: official

Saudis don't know where Khashoggi's body is: officialRiyadh does not know the location of dissident Jamal Khashoggi’s body, despite having detained the Saudi team that murdered him, a high-ranking foreign affairs official in the kingdom said in an interview broadcast Sunday. Adel al-Jubeir, Saudi minister of state for foreign affairs, said the murder was carried out by Saudi officials “acting outside their scope of authority” and that 11 people have been charged with the crime. Jubeir was interviewed Friday, the same day President Donald Trump ignored a congressional deadline for reporting on who assassinated Khashoggi, a columnist for The Washington Post who had been openly critical of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.



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Warren makes presidential bid official with call for change

Warren makes presidential bid official with call for changeLAWRENCE, Mass. (AP) — Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren made her bid for the presidency official on Saturday in this working-class city, grounding her 2020 campaign in a populist call to fight economic inequality and build "an America that works for everyone."



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Venezuelan military official drops allegiance to Maduro

Venezuelan military official drops allegiance to MaduroAn active-duty Venezuelan army colonel who is a military doctor has dropped his allegiance to President Nicolas Maduro, backing opposition leader Juan Guaido instead. “Ninety percent of us in the armed forces are really unhappy,” said Colonel Ruben Paz Jimenez said in a video released Saturday. A week ago, Air Force General Francisco Yanez also dropped his allegiance to Maduro.



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Virginia official accused of rape will have to resign if allegations are true: governor

Virginia official accused of rape will have to resign if allegations are true: governorIn a CBS interview to be broadcast on Monday, Governor Ralph Northam said he had learned from the controversy that erupted on Feb. 1 when a racist photo surfaced from his medical school yearbook, and that as a former pediatrician he could help Virginians heal. Virginia also needs someone who is strong, who has empathy, who has courage and who has a moral compass,” Northam told CBS “This Morning” co-host Gayle King. “And that’s why I’m not going anywhere.” According to excerpts of the interview provided on Sunday by CBS, Northam was asked about allegations of sexual crimes, including rape, that have been made by two women against Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax, a fellow Democrat who is African-American and the state’s second-highest elected official.



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SDF will attack IS Syria enclave once civilians out: official

SDF will attack IS Syria enclave once civilians out: officialThe U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) is poised to attack the last Islamic State (IS) enclave in its area of operations once civilians still inside have been evacuated, an SDF official said. The besieged Islamic State enclave centered around Baghouz on the eastern bank of the Euphrates River represents the jihadist group’s last territorial foothold in the part of Syria where the U.S.-backed forces have been fighting it.



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Washington 'disappointed' by Turkish support of Maduro: official

Washington 'disappointed' by Turkish support of Maduro: officialThe United States is “disappointed” with Turkey’s support of embattled Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, a senior US official said Thursday, after Washington backed a bid by the South American’s country’s opposition to remove the leader from office. Washington and a dozen Latin American nations quickly recognised Venezuela’s National Assembly leader Juan Guaido after he declared himself acting president on January 23.



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U.S. will act if Turkish trade violates Venezuela sanctions, official says

U.S. will act if Turkish trade violates Venezuela sanctions, official saysThe United States is monitoring trade between its NATO ally Turkey and Venezuela and will take action if it judges any sanctions have been violated, a senior U.S. official said on Thursday. Three months ago Washington introduced new sanctions aimed at disrupting gold sales from Venezuela, which exported more than 20 tonnes of the precious metal to Turkey in 2018.



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U.S. college official who told Chinese students to speak English quits

U.S. college official who told Chinese students to speak English quitsMegan Neely left her position as director of graduate studies for the biostatistics master’s program “effective immediately,” the dean of the school told students in a letter on Sunday, according to the university’s newspaper, The Chronicle. The dean, Mary Klotman, said Duke’s Office of Institutional Equity would conduct a thorough review of the program. The email by Neely, who remains an assistant professor of biostatistics and bioinformatics at Duke, said she was approached by two faculty members who wanted details of first-year students “they observed speaking Chinese (in their words, VERY LOUDLY)” on campus.



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US, China 'miles and miles' from resolving trade conflict: US official

US, China 'miles and miles' from resolving trade conflict: US officialWashington and Beijing are “miles and miles” from resolving their trade war, US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said Thursday. A high-level Chinese delegation is due in Washington next week for talks to resolve the dispute by March 1, when US duty rates on Chinese imports are due to rise sharply, but Ross tried to tamp down expectations to those meetings. “There’s been a lot of anticipatory work done but we’re miles and miles from getting a resolution and that shouldn’t be too surprising,” Ross told CNBC.



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Australian detained in China receives consular visit: official

Australian detained in China receives consular visit: officialThe Australian embassy in Beijing was on Friday granted consular access to Australian national Yang Jun, who is detained in China on national security grounds. “Access to Mr Yang was provided in accordance with our bilateral consular agreement with China,” the statement said. The Chinese-Australian author and democracy advocate, whose pen name is Yang Hengjun, was detained shortly after he made a rare return to China from the United States last week.



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