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Hello! Here’s what’s happening on Thursday.

1. A top US Senate Democrat slammed Trump’s response to journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s alleged killing. Sen. Chris Murphy said President Donald Trump has made the US look “weaker” than ever by kowtowing to Saudis.

2. UK Prime Minister Theresa May offered to extend the Brexit transition period by another year. The offer means the UK may not cut its ties with the EU until December 2021.

3. Saudi Arabia paid the US $US100 million on the same day US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visited Riyadh to discuss Jamal Khashoggi’s disappearance. US officials denied that the payment had anything to do with Pompeo’s visit or Khashoggi, though a source said the timing was “no coincidence.”

4. Apple is distancing itself again from Google and Facebook with a new privacy website. Apple is increasingly highlighting its pro-privacy policies versus its rivals Facebook and Google.

5. An Amazon staffer says over 450 employees wrote to Jeff Bezos demanding Amazon stop selling facial-recognition software Rekognition to police. Rekognition has come under fire in the past amid allegations that it infringes on people’s civil rights.

6. Powerful Facebook investors co-filed a proposal to take down Mark Zuckerberg as chairman. A similar proposal in 2017 was popular among independent investors but crushed because of Zuckerberg’s voting power.

7. Germany extradited a man suspected of murdering a Bulgarian journalist. Viktoria Marinova was jogging in a park in her hometown of Ruse, Bulgaria when she was raped and murdered.

8. 19 people were killed in a shooting at a college in Russian-annexed Crimea. An 18-year-old student ran fired at students before killing himself. His motive remains unclear.

9. A caravan of thousands of Honduran migrants is travelling through Central America trying to reach the US border.President Trump has been lashing out for days at the Honduran government, the US immigration system, and Democrats over the caravan’s movements.

10. A British teen on a mission to become the youngest person to cycle solo around the world had his bike stolen in Australia. The 18-year-old has travelled through Europe and Asia since embarking on an eight-month journey in July.

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