Jeff Bezos received a message taunting him about his collapsing marriage from the personal phone of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia

Jeff Bezos received a message taunting him about his collapsing marriage from the personal phone of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia long before his extramarital affair became public knowledge, the United Nations has confirmed.

A photograph of a woman loosely resembling the Amazon billionaire’s secret girlfriend was sent to Mr Bezos from a WhatsApp account belonging to the prince, known as MBS, “along with a sardonic caption”, according to Agnès Callamard and David Kaye, two UN special rapporteurs.

The revelation comes as a third city in China went into lockdown today while officials battle to stop the spread of the deadly new coronavirus that has killed 17 and likely infected thousands – officially, 599 people have caught it.

Major Chinese New Year events in Beijing have been cancelled, authorities in Ezhou have shut down train stations, and Huanggang has announced it will suspend public buses and trains as well, following the example of Wuhan, the locked-down city at the centre of the outbreak.   

Meanwhile the state-run Beijing News said the capital had cancelled events including two well-known lunar new year temple fairs. Separately, the country’s railway operator, China State Railway Group, said passengers would be able to receive full refunds on tickets nationwide starting on Friday.

There have been 633 confirmed cases of the coronavirus, from the same family of viruses that gave rise to Sars. Officials worry the lunar new year holiday, when hundreds of millions of Chinese will crisscross the country, will exacerbate an outbreak that has reached almost all of the country’s provinces, as well as the US, Taiwan, South Korea, Thailand, Japan, Macau and Hong Kong. Vietnam and Singapore confirmed their first cases on Thursday.

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After breaking down the events that led the Trump administration to this sorry pass, Napolitano concludes: “[This] leaves us with valid, lawful, constitutional arguments for Trump’s impeachment that he ought to take seriously.”

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