In our news wrap Monday, eight people in Saudi Arabia were sentenced to prison for their roles in the 2018 murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey. A UN investigator had criticized the trial, which did not convict any senior Saudi officials. Also, two members of a Belarus council calling for a transfer of power and a leading opposition activist are missing.
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In the day's other news: Hopes are fading for another round of pandemic relief funding, as Congress returns to work tomorrow.
President Trump today accused Democratic leadership of not wanting to make a deal, and said he would not meet with them.
Meanwhile, in Geneva, the World Health Organization warned against governments politicizing the virus.
Michael J. Ryan:
If communities perceive that they're getting information that is being politically manipulated or that it's been managed in a way that is distorting evidence, then, unfortunately, that comes back to roost.
That comes back at a government politically at a later stage. I think that has been the case around the world.
Also today, India surpassed Brazil to become the country with the second highest number of coronavirus cases in the world, more than 4.2 million. The U.S. still leads the worldwide count with more than six million confirmed infections.
In Saudi Arabia, eight people were sentenced to prison for their roles in the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Three were given sentences between seven and 10 years. Five were sentenced to 20 years, after Khashoggi's family agreed to spare them from execution. Khashoggi was killed in 2018 at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey.
A United Nations investigator criticized the trial, which did not find any senior Saudi officials guilty.
In Belarus, two members of an opposition council calling for a transfer of power have gone missing, as well as a leading opposition activist.
Maria Kolesnikova was reportedly kidnapped off the street in Minsk by masked individuals and driven away in a minibus. Their colleagues fear it's part of a government crackdown after weeks of protests, including a massive rally on Sunday in the capital, all in response to last month's disputed election.
Doctors in Germany today said Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny has been taken out of an induced coma and is now responsive. He fell ill last month after being poisoned, and was airlifted to a hospital in Berlin. German authorities said he tested positive for the Soviet-era nerve agent Novichok. Russia has denied any involvement.
And the U.S. Navy continued to search today for an American sailor who went missing from one of its aircraft carriers. The USS Nimitz was patrolling the Northern Arabian Sea Sunday evening, when crew members sounded a man overboard alert after being unable to find the sailor aboard.
The sailor has yet to be identified.