Friday News Roundup - International
The murder of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi continues to make headlines.
CIA head Gina Haspel has reportedly heard the audio that purportedly captures the interrogation and killing of Khashoggi inside the Saudi consulate.
What further consequences could the Saudi government suffer after they admitted Khashoggi had been killed?
We’re also covering the status of vulnerable Uighur Muslims in China.
On state television, the vocational education centre in China’s far west looked like a modern school where happy students studied Mandarin, brushed up their job skills, and pursued hobbies such as sports and folk dance.
But earlier this year, one of the local government departments in charge of such facilities in Xinjiang’s Hotan prefecture made several purchases that had little to do with education: 2,768 police batons, 550 electric cattle prods, 1,367 pairs of handcuffs, and 2,792 cans of pepper spray.
The shopping list was among over a thousand procurement requests made by local governments in the Xinjiang region since early 2017 related to the construction and management of a sprawling system of “vocational education and training centres”.
The facilities have come under international scrutiny, with rights activists describing them as political re-education camps holding as many as one million ethnic Uighurs and other Muslim minorities.
The New York Times also reports that a growing number of Uighur Americans “have had family members detained by the Chinese police and placed in the anti-Islam camp system that is spread across the northwest region of Xinjiang.”
Who can help the Uighurs?
This weekend, Brazilians will vote for a new president in a run-off election. Right-wing candidate Jair Bolsonaro is expected to win. Bolsonaro called immigrants “scum” and gay people “pedophiles.” What happens now that he’s on the cusp of being Brazil’s next president?
We’ll recap the global news that made headlines this week from the international city of Atlanta.
Karoun Demirjian, Reporter, The Washington Post; @karoun
Ravi Agrawal, Managing editor, Foreign Policy; former New Delhi bureau chief, CNN; @ravireports
Michael Goldfarb, Host of the First Rough Draft of History Podcast
Sarah Maslin, Brazil correspondent, The Economist
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