A dissident journalist is murdered in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. Such is the sophistication of the operation that his remains are yet to be found and a growing body of evidence points to the involvement of Mohammed Bin Salman, the Saudi Crown Prince
Then, after days of humming and hawing about who’s to blame, Donald Trump releases a statement putting himself four square behind the main suspect. In so doing he manages perhaps one of the clearest demonstrations yet of just how US foreign policy works while baiting his domestic opponents and throwing doubt on the work of his own intelligence agencies.
Demonstrators briefly occupied an Amazon Books store in New York on Monday amid growing fears that the online giant will force locals from their homes with an influx of highly skilled workers when the company opens its new headquarters.
It was one of two protests held on Cyber Monday to express anger at how billions of dollars in city money is being spent to attract a company owned by Jeff Bezos, named this year as the richest man on the planet.
This year’s White House Christmas decorations are nothing if not bold. Most striking are the 40 crimson trees lining the East Colonnade, all giving the effect of a spectacular and fiery - if unconventional - forest walk.
The colour pops again in thousands of baubles, cranberries and branches threaded through the display, all overseen by Melania Trump, the first lady. Not only does it evoke the magic and mystery prevalent in so much popular culture these days but it comes freighted with presidential meaning.
If Tuesday’s midterm elections are a referendum on Donald Trump’s performance as president then the voters of Luzerne County, at the heart of what used to be Pennsylvania’s coal belt, need no further encouragement.
“Nothing has changed since 2016,” said Kathy, a registered Democrat. “In fact, I’m just a little bit more sure. Any doubts have gone.”
So when she casts her vote on November 6 in Congressional and local elections she will plump for one party across the board – the Republican Party.
The killing took little more than 20 minutes. Eleven people lay dead or dying inside the synagogue as the gunman switched between assault rifle and his three handguns, descending into the basement and back to the first floor.
But as he made his way out of the door to leave he was confronted by two armed police officers.