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Saudi Arabia and Donald Trump: How deep do business ties run?

This week, as Donald Trump stands by Saudi Arabia, suspicion is growing elsewhere around the world that missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi has been killed by Saudi agents. The case is now shining a light on US-Saudi business ties, not least between the kingdom and the US president himself. We take a closer look.


Meanwhile, the US is caught up in election fever ahead of the midterm elections next month. The northern state of Minnesota is home to several key races where Republicans are hoping to take over a Democratic House seat. A case in point is Minnesota's 8th district. It's traditionally been a pro-union Democrat stronghold, but voters there do tend to favour candidates over party politics. A pro-Trump wave, thanks in large part to his support for mining, could tip the scales for the Republicans.

And Venezuela has seen more than two million inhabitants leave over the past three years - that's 7% of the population. Political instability, hyperinflation and food shortages are forcing people out in what's been described as one of the worst migration crises in Latin American history.

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