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October 7, 2018

Unnamed Turkish officials have told multiple news outlets they believe Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who has been critical of the regime in Riyadh, was killed inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

"The initial assessment of the Turkish police is that Mr. Khashoggi has been killed at the consulate of Saudi Arabia in Istanbul," one official told NBC News on Saturday. "We believe that the murder was premeditated and the body was subsequently moved out of the consulate."

The claim has not been independently confirmed. Saudi Arabian state media "strongly denounced these baseless allegations," and Saudi officials said Khashoggi left the consulate of his own volition and went to an unknown location.

"When I speak of the fear, intimidation, arrests, and public shaming of intellectuals and religious leaders who dare to speak their minds, and then I tell you that I'm from Saudi Arabia, are you surprised?" Khashoggi wrote in a 2017 column for The Washington Post. "I can speak when so many cannot. I want you to know that Saudi Arabia has not always been as it is now. We Saudis deserve better." Bonnie Kristian

July 29, 2018

The CBS board of directors will convene on Monday to discuss allegations of sexual harassment against CEO Les Moonves.

The board plans on creating a special committee to look into the accusations and the overall culture at the network, two people familiar with the matter told CNN. In an article published in The New Yorker on Friday, six women told Ronan Farrow that Moonves sexually harassed them, and CNN reports the board meeting was scheduled before the article came out. Moonves, who has been head of the network for more than a decade, told The New Yorker he's "promoted a culture of respect and opportunity for all employees."

Moonves did acknowledge that "there were times decades ago when I may have made some women uncomfortable by making advances," which he regrets "immensely," but he says he never used his position "to harm or hinder anyone's career." Catherine Garcia

February 27, 2018

After The Wall Street Journal published decades of sexual misconduct allegations against casino magnate Steve Wynn in January, police in Las Vegas were approached by a woman who accused Wynn of raping her in the 1970s, The Associated Press reports.

On Tuesday, AP obtained copies of police reports recently filed by two women, including one who said that Wynn raped her inside her Chicago apartment at least three times in 1973 and 1974. She also told police that she became pregnant and gave birth to a daughter inside a gas station bathroom.

The second woman said that in 1976, while working at the Golden Nugget casino-hotel in Las Vegas, she had consensual sex with Wynn "several times," but "felt coerced to perform the acts." When she became involved in a romantic relationship with someone else, the woman said, she rebuffed Wynn's advances and was then accused of stealing $40 and forced to resign.

Because the statute of limitations in Nevada is 20 years, the Las Vegas case will not be investigated, AP says. Wynn denied all of the allegations reported by the Journal, claiming they are part of a smear campaign against him. Earlier this month, the billionaire resigned as chairman and CEO of Wynn Resorts, and in January he stepped down as finance chair of the Republican National Committee. Catherine Garcia

February 4, 2018

President Trump followed up his initial claim that the Nunes memo "totally vindicates 'Trump'" in the Russia probe with additional tweets Saturday evening accusing the FBI and the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (also called the FISA court) of being used to manipulate the 2016 election. Quoting a Wall Street Journal editorial, Trump aimed his worst ire at the FBI:

The editorial's argument rests on the memo's revelation that the FBI acquired FISA permission to spy on Trump campaign aide Carter Page based significantly on the Steele dossier, whose creation was partially funded by a Clinton campaign lawyer, without telling the court the source of the information. Thus, the Journal says, the "FBI in essence let itself and the FISA court be used to promote a major theme of the Clinton campaign."

However, the Journal rejected Trump's claim that the memo proves his campaign innocent of Russia-related allegations under investigation by Special Counsel Robert Mueller. "We doubt Mr. Mueller will be deterred by any of this," the editorial says. "The question of FISA abuse is independent of Mr. Mueller’s work, and one that Congress takes up amid a larger debate about surveillance and national security." Bonnie Kristian

February 3, 2018

The government of North Korea earned $200 million in 2017 making prohibited arms sales to Syria and Myanmar, a confidential United Nations document reports. The exports were made in violation of U.N. sanctions, the report says, and with the knowledge of other countries including China, Russia, and Malaysia, none of which stopped the sales.

Pyongyang is also in violation of other sanctions, the U.N. says, "flouting the most recent resolutions by exploiting global oil supply chains, complicit foreign nationals, offshore company registries, and the international banking system." The report indicates the investigation found "further evidence of arms embargo and other violations [by North Korea], including through the transfer of items with utility in ballistic missile and chemical weapons programs," as well.

China, Syria, and Myanmar all denied complicity in North Korean violations in statements to the BBC. Bonnie Kristian

January 30, 2018

Investigators hired by the Humane Society of the United States to look into the behavior of CEO Wayne Pacelle have identified three complaints of sexual harassment and found that the charity paid settlements to three other employees who said they were demoted or fired after reporting Pacelle's conduct, The Washington Post reports.

The Post spoke with two people who have knowledge of the matter and also obtained a Humane Society memo that goes into detail about the investigation. The inquiry began Dec. 20, following an anonymous complaint about Pacelle's behavior. Investigators interviewed more than 30 people, including Pacelle, and several women said they sounded the alarm on Pacelle and his conduct but were ignored. The three complaints of sexual harassment included one woman who said he gave her an unwanted kiss while she was an intern; another who said she rebuffed his sexual advances and was warned she would lose her job if she told anyone what happened; and a third who said he came to her office late one night, started salsa dancing, and asked her to join in.

In an interview Monday with the Post, Pacelle, who has been CEO since 2004, denied "any suggestion that I did anything untoward," and called the accusations "a coordinated attempt to attack me and the organization." He also said allegations that he had consensual sex with subordinates, volunteers, and donors were false. Investigators spoke with several employees who defended Pacelle, and those who came forward to speak with the Post said they did so because they believe in the organization and the work it does to help animals, and they want to see the culture change. Catherine Garcia

January 15, 2018

Olympic gold medalist Simone Biles said Monday she was "one of many survivors that was sexually abused by Larry Nassar," the former doctor for USA Gymnastics.

In a social media post, the gymnast said there are "many reasons that I have been reluctant to share my story, but I know now it is not my fault." Nassar, who worked for USA Gymnastics and Michigan State, has been accused of abuse by 140 women, including Olympians Aly Raisman, McKayla Maroney, and Gabby Douglas. Nassar has already been sentenced to 60 years in prison for possessing child pornography, and he's awaiting sentencing this week for several counts of sexual assault, to which he pleaded guilty last year.

Biles said she decided to come forward after "hearing the brave stories of my friends and other survivors," and said she knows "that this horrific experience does not define me. I am much more than this." Catherine Garcia

December 14, 2017

Three women have come forward to accuse actor Dustin Hoffman of sexual misconduct, including one who said he exposed himself to her when she was in high school, Variety reports.

Cori Thomas said in 1980, she spent an afternoon with Hoffman and his daughter, her classmate Karina, in New York City. Instead of picking her up at a restaurant, Hoffman changed the plans and told the restaurant to tell Thomas' parents to pick her up at his hotel room. Karina left and Hoffman decided to take a shower, coming out in a towel and then dropping it. "It was the first time I had ever seen a naked man," Thomas, who was 16 at the time, said. "I was mortified." Thomas said he asked her to massage his feet, which she did because she "didn't know that I could say no," and he made suggestive comments, which she ignored.

Two other women told Variety Hoffman sexually assaulted them while filming 1987's Ishtar. Melissa Kester said her boyfriend at the time was working on the movie's music, and brought her to the recording studio several times. During one visit, Hoffman called her into the recording booth, Kester said, and he "just stuck his fingers down my pants. He put his fingers inside me. I didn't know what to do." Variety also spoke to a woman who was an extra in Ishtar, who shared a similar story. While shooting in New York City, Hoffman offered her a ride home with several other people, the woman, who asked to remain anonymous, said. In the back of the station wagon, Hoffman "just took his hand and stuck his fingers right up inside of me," she said. "I didn't know what to do." He asked her to go to his hotel room, and there, they had intercourse.

The woman told Variety she considered the station wagon incident non-consensual, and when asked if the hotel encounter was, she said, "I don't know." Hoffman's attorney, Mark A. Neubauer, called the accusations "defamatory falsehoods." Earlier this year, Anna Graham Hunter accused Hoffman of groping her in 1985, while she was a teenager. Catherine Garcia

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