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Thousands of migrants march to Mexican city of Tapachula, and Japan faces a burial issue.

Crown prince didn’t order killing of Khashoggi, says Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister Adel al-Jubeir in an interview with Fox News denied that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s killing, but called the act “a tremendous mistake,” reported BBC.

“Even the senior leadership of our intelligence service was not aware of this,” said Jubeir.

He said the Saudi leadership initially believed Khashoggi had left its diplomatic mission in Istanbul, where he was last seen on October 2.

“We are determined to find out all the facts. And we are determined to punish those who are responsible for this murder,” said Jubeir, calling the incident a murder.

The minister also said that Saudi Arabia did not know where Khashoggi’s body was.

Following the incident, Saudi Arabia says it arrested 18 people, dismissed two aides of the Crown Prince and set up a body to reform the intelligence agency.

Turkish President says will reveal ‘naked truth’ about Jamal Khashoggi

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has vowed to reveal the “naked truth” over the killing of Saudi Arabia journalist Jamal Khashoggi, reported Al Jazeera.

In his speech in Istanbul, he said that he will make a statement Tuesday.

“We are looking for justice here and this will be revealed in all its naked truth, not through some ordinary steps but in all its naked truth,” Erdogan said.

His statements came a day after Saudi authorities admitted that Khashoggi was killed inside the kingdom’s Istanbul diplomatic compound.

Top international cricketers involved in spot-fixing, claims report

A new investigation by Al Jazeera has found evidence that reveals existence of corruption at the highest levels of international cricket.

The report said 15 international cricket matches in 2011 and 2012 were the subject of 26 spot-fixing incidents, with a small group of England players alleged to have been involved in seven matches, Australia players in five, and Pakistan players in three.

The investigations also claimed that in some of the matches both teams were involved in fixing.

Al Jazeera got access to the recordings of a match-fixer calling in the fixes to a notorious Indian bookmaker Aneel Munawar, linked to the organised crime.

The news organisation also found that the cricket’s governing body, International Cricket Council (ICC), had known about Munawar for eight years.

Thousands of US-bound migrants march into Mexican border city

A caravan of mostly Honduran migrants marched into the Mexican border city of Tapachula Sunday, reported Reuters.

The migrants have refused threats by US President Donald Trump that he will close the US-Mexico border if the caravan advances.

Trump took to Twitter Sunday and said, “Full efforts are being made to stop the onslaught of illegal aliens,” arguing that the migrants must apply for asylum in Mexico before attempting to petition US authorities.

Migrants who marched under the hot sun, said they were escaping a toxic mix of violence, poverty and corruption in Central America, said the report.

Mexican President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador was for the caravan and vowed to provide people with work permits. “I want to tell them they can count on us,” he said.

Unclaimed burial urns rise in Japan

Japan is facing a pile of urns containing ashes of the dead that is causing storage issues and reflecting worn-out family bonds and economic pressures in the nation, reported Reuters.

The urns usually bear known identities but relatives refuse to collect the remains.

Experts say the problem is likely to grow as deaths in Japan are projected to rise from 1.33 million a year to 1.67 million by 2040.

Around 6,000 urns have been gathered in the southern city of Fukuoka, while Osaka buried the remains of 2,366 after no one claimed them after one or two years, said the report.

The report further quoted industry sources to say that a traditional funeral can cost 2 million yen or more making it difficult for the elderly living on their pensions.

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