Monday US briefing: Europeans demand details of Khashoggi death

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Top story: UK, France and Germany ask Saudis for more detail

The governments of the to provide facts that would back up their widely-derided explanation for the death of the journalist Jamal Khashoggi. The Saudi foreign minister, Adel al-Jubeir, insisted to Fox News on Sunday that in Istanbul on 2 October was a “mistake” by a “,” unsanctioned by the Riyadh regime and unbeknown to the crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman.

– The Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, has promised to reveal the “naked truth” of Khashoggi’s death, as uncovered by Turkish investigators, on Tuesday.

– Donald Trump’s praise for the GOP congressman who assaulted a Guardian reporter was particularly incendiary in the context of the Khashoggi case. But Senator Ben Sasse says .

Kavanaugh lobbied for judge handling his ethics complaints

Confirmation bias: Brett Kavanaugh. Photograph: Andrew Harnik/AP

The newly confirmed supreme court justice Brett Kavanaugh who has now been appointed to review more than a dozen ethics complaints filed against Kavanaugh during his own confirmation process. According to emails obtained by the Guardian, in 2001 Kavanaugh helped Timothy Tymkovich, a fellow conservative with controversial views on same-sex marriage, to secure a lifetime appointment as a federal judge.

– Critics say the appointment adds to a perception that supreme court justices are above the law. “Appearance of bias is important in the law and this fails the test,” said the civil rights lawyer Leslie Proll.

Anti-Muslim rhetoric ‘widespread’ ahead of 2018 midterms

Anti-racist campaigners march in New York earlier this year. Photograph: Erik M/Pacific/Barcroft Images

The success of Donald Trump’s inflammatory campaign style is thought to have emboldened other candidates to adopt anti-Muslim messaging ahead of the November midterms. According to a new report commissioned by the campaign group Muslim Advocates, there has been in campaigns across the US, and at every level of office.

– The report studied the campaigns of more than 80 candidates using anti-Muslim messaging. Almost all are Republican; 64% are either elected officials or boast of having Trump’s

Atlanta week reports from the capital of the ‘new south’

New horizon: the Atlanta skyline. Photograph: Marilyn Nieves/Getty Images

Is Atlanta really a “black mecca” at the forefront of radical social change, or just the most unequal major city in the US? Maurice J Hobson examines on the first day of , a series of live, in-depth reports from the great gateway city of the “new south”.

– Rowan Moore looks at how the has shaped the Atlanta cityscape.

- Khushbu Shah asks whether the of African Americans to the US south could redraw Atlanta’s political map in Democrats’ favour.

Crib sheet

- A “caravan” of approximately 5,000 have on their way north towards the US.

- The , linking Hong Kong and Macau to the Chinese mainland.

- The to victims and survivors of , following a five-year national inquiry into failings by multiple public institutions.

- A in a Taliban attack in Kandahar province last week, amid an increase of violence in the lead-up to .


Netflix by night: The Haunting of Hill House. Photograph: Steve Dietl/Netflix

The new Netflix adaptation of Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House has earned rave reviews, not least from the horror master Stephen King. Like Jackson, the programme-makers suggest , writes Aida Edemariam.

Fox News calls Chuck Jenkins America’s “second-toughest” sheriff on immigration. Jenkins’ office in Frederick County, Maryland, is making more than $4,000 per day by housing undocumented immigrant detainees. .

Mickalene Thomas - Din, une très belle négresse, 2012. Photograph: shootArt Mobile/Courtesy of the artist

A new exhibition in New York traces how representations of the black model have influenced the development of modern art, “from Manet and Matisse to today”. .

We recognise the notion of overtiredness in young children who are unable to switch off at bedtime. But sleep researchers say the same , left restless by their “always-on” existence. Joanna Moorhead reports.


Last week, the Guardian’s readers’ editor, Paul Chadwick, sent a reporter’s notebook containing a single question to the Saudi embassy in London, everywhere.

Asking questions and disclosing the answers, or lack of them, is the fundamental responsibility, and contribution, of journalists to their communities. Those who rule by fear, and fear to explain their rule, fear questions.


Chris Paul, the Houston Rockets point guard and president of the Players’ Association, has been over his part in a brawl between Rockets and Lakers players during the Rockets’ win in LA on Saturday.

José Mourinho scuffled with Chelsea staff after his Man Utd team’s 2-2 draw at Stamford Bridge. Rafael Benítez is still in his job despite Newcastle’s worst run of form since 1898. Those are two of from the weekend’s action.

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