Here are today’s top stories.

Melania Trump leads new round of White House firing and fury

In this White House, no one knows when the ax will fall or who will be swinging it.

Japan’s economy has a $5 trillion problem

An epic bond-buying spree by Japan’s central bank means it’s now sitting on assets worth more than the country’s entire economy.

Khashoggi audio makes apparent reference to Saudi Crown Prince, NYT reports

People familiar with an audio recording of the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi say it contains an instruction to “tell your boss,” which American intelligence officials believe is a reference to Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince, The New York Times reports.

‘El Chapo’ Guzman trial begins under unprecedented security measures

Nearly two years after his extradition from Mexico, notorious cartel boss Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman Loera faces an American jury on Tuesday in the most significant criminal trial in decades.

Exceptionally large ‘Pink Legacy’ diamond sells for $50 million at Christie’s

An unusually large pink diamond sold for a record-breaking $50 million (about 50.3 million Swiss francs) Tuesday at Christie’s auction house in Geneva. After five minutes of bidding, the 18.96-carat Pink Legacy became the world record holder for price paid per carat for a pink diamond at auction.

Federer beats Thiem, rejects claims of preferential treatment

Roger Federer brushed aside Dominic Thiem at the World Tour Finals to avoid elimination — and denied claims he receives preferential treatment when it comes to scheduling.

Marie Antoinette’s prized jewels up for auction

Have you ever wanted to wear jewels fit for a queen? Now’s your chance. Jewelry that once belonged to Marie Antoinette, the last queen of France before the French Revolution, is going under the hammer Thursday evening at Sotheby’s in Geneva.

Migrant caravan group reaches US border

Hundreds of Central American migrants travelling through Mexico to seek asylum in the US have reached the Mexican border city of Tijuana. The group of 400, who include LGBTQ migrants, broke away from the larger caravan of 5,000 people in Mexico City.

Israel defence minister resigns over Gaza

Israel’s defence minister has resigned over the cabinet’s decision to accept a ceasefire ending two days of fighting with Palestinian militants in Gaza. Avigdor Lieberman denounced the move as “surrendering to terror”. He also said his Yisrael Beiteinu party would leave the governing coalition, which could lead to an early election.

Melania calls for White House aide’s firing

US First Lady Melania Trump has called for a top national security aide to President Donald Trump to be fired. The first lady feuded with Mira Ricardel, the deputy national security adviser, during her tour of Africa in October, US media report.

Outcry over teen’s underwear in rape trial

A series of protests over sexual consent are planned in Ireland, a week after a man was acquitted of raping a 17-year-old. In the trial, the defence lawyer told the jury: “You have to look at the way she was dressed. She was wearing a thong with a lace front.”

‘Sultan of Coins’ executed in Iran

Iran has executed a currency trader known as the “Sultan of Coins” for his amassing of gold coins. Vahid Mazloumin and another member of his currency trading network received the death penalty for “spreading corruption on earth”. According to the Iranian Students’ News Agency, Mr Mazloumin and associates had hoarded about two tonnes of gold coins.

The people with more stuff than they have room for

The high cost of housing has helped to create a boom in self-storage with many people now renting self-storage units long term because their home is too small. “It’s a bit of a rip-off really,” laughs Angela Andrew, talking about the £120 she pays a month for a self-storage unit in east London.

Pence Urges Suu Kyi To Pardon Imprisoned Reuters Reporters

SINGAPORE, Nov 14 (Reuters) – Vice President Mike Pence pressed Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi “multiple times” on Wednesday to pardon two Reuters journalists jailed in her country, a senior White House official said. Reuters journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo were arrested in Yangon in December 2017.

Trump Becomes First President To Decline Kennedy Center Honors Invite Twice

President Donald Trump will – again – be skipping the Kennedy Center Honors this year, becoming the first president in the gala’s 41-year history to decline an invitation more than once.

Jim Carrey Bashes ‘Baby-In-Chief’ Trump For ‘Kangaroo AG’ Matt Whitaker

Jim Carrey targeted President Donald Trump and newly appointed Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker with his latest artwork. The artist-comedian-actor depicted Whitaker, who replaced Jeff Sessions last week, as a kangaroo holding a pacifier in baby Trump’s mouth: In the caption, Carrey called Whitaker ― who has been a vocal critic of special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election and possible Trump campaign collusion ― a “Kangaroo Attorney General” who was “happy to hop for our Baby-in-Chief.”

Sean Hannity Rants Against ‘Far-Left, Grandstanding’ Jim Acosta

Fox News host Sean Hannity continued his attack on Jim Acosta Tuesday evening, referring to the CNN reporter as a “far-left, grandstanding, sycophant left-winger.” Hannity, who was slammed just last week for campaigning alongside President Donald Trump at a rally in Missouri, spent eight minutes accusing Acosta of not being a “fair, balanced, independent journalist.”

Jimmy Kimmel Tricks Trump Fans Into Believing He’s Deporting Statue Of Liberty

Jimmy Kimmel had some fun Tuesday night at the expense of Donald Trump over the president’s beef with French President Emmanuel Macron. The “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” team convinced random people on the street that Trump was planning to send back the Statue of Liberty ― which was unveiled in New York Harbor in 1886 as a gift from the people of France.

Technology has changed the way we get high, forever

This post is part of our High-tech High series, which explores weed innovations, and our cultural relationship with cannabis, as legalization in several U.S. states, Canada, and Uruguay moves the market further out of the shadows. If you want to imagine the future of marijuana in the 2020s, picture a 3-D printer.

Samsung’s next flagship might come with new AI smarts, 8K video recording

Every product here is independently selected by Mashable journalists. If you buy something featured, we may earn an affiliate commission which helps support our work. This time, it’s not a rumor. On Wednesday, Samsung officially unveiled its next-generation system-on-a-chip for smartphones, the Exynos 9820.

YouTuber Lilly Singh is taking a break to focus on her mental health

YouTube star Lilly Singh has announced to fans that she’s taking a break, specifically to focus on her mental health. After eight years of posting content to her 14 million subscribers, the Canadian creator and author known as IISuperwomanII revealed her intention to take an indefinite hiatus in a video posted Tuesday.

Terrifying footage shows Southern California fires nipping at a highway

More harrowing footage of the California wildfires shows just how close the fires in the southern part of the state keep creeping to large urban areas. The new video from ABC7 show the Peak Fire burning right up to the edge of a busy Highway 118 in Ventura County, forcing passing motorists to drive in lanes as far from the highway shoulder as possible while firefighters battled the blaze.