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Meghan Markle is pregnant, and due to give birth to a royal baby in Spring 2019

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are expecting their first baby in the Spring of 2019. Kensington Palace made the announcement on Monday morning. She married Prince Harry at Windsor Castle in May.
Google's secretive plans to launch a censored search engine in China are still bubbling away. Here, a Google sign is seen during a conference in Shanghai in August 2018.

It looks like China just laid out how it wants Google to help it persecute its Muslim minority

Google's secretive plans to launch a censored search engine in China, codenamed 'Dragonfly,' are still bubbling away. This week Chinese regional authorities passed new laws that lay out the kind of speech suppression that tech companies will likely have to facilitate and be complicit in.

Saudi Arabia takes a page out of Putin’s playbook with a baffling response to Jamal Khashoggi’s disappearance

The Saudi-owned Al Arabiya TV channel aired a segment on Thursday claiming that 15 men, identified in Turkish media as suspects in the Saudi critic Jamal Khashoggi's disappearance, were tourists. This form of denial appears to be taking a page out of Russia's playbook in the Sergei Skripal case.
Protesters hold photos of Khashoggi outside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, where the journalist went before going missing, on Monday.

Friend of disappeared journalist Khashoggi says Saudi Arabia likely took Trump’s anti-media rhetoric to heart

Khaled Saffuri, a friend of missing Saudi critic and journalist Jamal Khashoggi, said the Saudi regime likely killed him. He said that the Saudis likely thought: "Trump hates journalists, and he would not react if we killed one journalist."
Huawei surpassed Apple to become the second biggest smartphone seller this year.

Senators Rubio and Warner tell Trudeau that China’s Huawei 5G poses a security risk for Canada

Marco Rubio and Mark Warner told Justin Trudeau to ban Chinese firm Huawei from providing 5G in Canada because they're not free from government influence, and could be used to steal information from Australia, US, New Zealand, the UK, and Canada. The pair are on the Senate intelligence committee.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and US President Donald Trump.

The US will not ban Canadians working in the marijuana industry from entering the country

Canada has legalized marijuana nationwide. Workers in the industry were reportedly facing a lifetime ban from the US, and Customs and Border Protection said working in the industry 'may affect admissibility' to the US. This week, CBP said people coming for pleasure would generally be admitted.

The search for survivors begins in Florida as Hurricane Michael death toll rises to 12

Rescuers are searching for survivors in Florida after Hurricane Michael devastated the coast. Efforts will intensify Friday. 12 people have been killed in four states. The army, national guard, and FEMA are working. As cleanup efforts begin, one estimate said Michael cost $8 billion in damage.
Malaysia became the second large Muslim ally of China to stand up to Beijing over its persecution of its Muslim ethnic minority. Here, a composite image of Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad and Chinese President Xi Jinping.

Malaysia stood up to China’s demands to hand over its persecuted Muslim prisoners, and Beijing is furious

Malaysia this week ignored China's requests to deport 11 members of the Muslim ethnic minority to China. The southeast Asian country sent them to Turkey instead. Beijing on Friday said "we resolutely oppose" that decision.
Kanye West speaks during a meeting with President Donald Trump in the Oval office of the White House on Thursday.

Kanye West gave an impromptu ‘keynote’ address standing on tables at an Apple Store after his Trump meeting

Kanye West climbed on a table in a Washington Apple Store on Thursday to give a speech about President Donald Trump and new Make America Great Again hats West had designed. The apparently off-the-cuff speech seemed to confuse many people in the store. West visited the White House earlier Thursday.
US Navy SEALs in action.

California man pleads guilty to shooting at US Navy SEALs in training with a BB gun

A California man was arrested for shooting US Navy SEAL trainees with his BB gun while they were on a night-time exercise, and pleaded guilty to the crime on Wednesday. The Navy called police on Scott Weaver when he shot at them on July 23 from a bridge in Liberty Station, San Diego.