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Source: BBC

Saudi account of writer's death challenged

Today 11:45 GMT

Reuters reported on Sunday it had spoken to a Saudi official who said Mr Khashoggi had died in a chokehold after resisting attempts to return him to Saudi Arabia.

It has so far stopped short of officially blaming Saudi Arabia for the killing but investigators have said they have audio and video evidence which shows Mr Khashoggi, was killed by a team of Saudi agents inside the consulate. Police have searched the nearby Belgrad forest in Istanbul where they believe the body may have been taken and one official was hopeful its fate would be known "before long".

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Source: Washington Post

Germany halts arms deals with Saudi Arabia, encourages allies to do the same

Today 11:45 GMT

In a move that could put further pressure on President Trump to stop arms sales to Saudi Arabia, German Chancellor Angela Merkel announced Sunday evening that her government would not approve new arms exports to the kingdom until further notice.

Saudi Arabia first denied allegations that it was behind the columnist’s disappearance, but later claimed that Khashoggi was killed inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul in a “fistfight” with more than a dozen Saudi officials. While Trump has sent mixed messages — both calling the Saudi investigation “credible” and accusing the Saudis of “deception” — key U.S. allies in Europe agree that Riyadh’s explanation does not add up.

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Source: Washington Post

In Post interview, Trump calls Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed a ‘strong person’ who ‘truly loves his country’

Today 00:34 GMT

President Trump retreated late Saturday from his stance that Saudi Arabia’s story about the killing of journalist Jamaal Khashoggi inside their Turkish consulate was credible but still gave a strong vote of confidence to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, arguing the United States’ relationship with the kingdom is key to his administration’s policy objectives in the Middle East.

The president said he does not prefer that another leader replace the 33-year old prince because he said he has read about others and Mohammed, known as MBS, is “considered by far the strongest person” and “he truly loves his country.”

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Source: Fox News

Saudi crown prince is 'gonna have to be replaced' amid 'insulting' explanation for Khashoggi's death, Rand Paul says

Today 04:14 GMT

The Saudi government's overnight announcement that Washington Post contributor Jamal Khashoggi died in a fistfight at its consulate in Turkey was "insulting," and provided another reason Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman is "gonna have to be replaced," Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., told "Fox News Sunday."

The Kentucky senator said the solution was for new leadership in Saudi Arabia -- a proposal echoed by Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., who said on Fox News last week that Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman "has got to go.". "I feel certain that the crown prince was involved and that he directed this," Paul told host Chris Wallace on Sunday. "And that’s why I think we cannot continue to have relations with him.

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Source: Fox News

Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson dismisses CNN reporter's tweet about Saudi prince as 'clickbait'

Today 08:04 GMT

POLITICO CHIEF IMPLIES TRUMP IS 'WHITE NATIONALIST,' BRUSHES IT OFF AS 'WISECRACKS' LOST IN TRANSLATION. Pro-government media in Turkey have reported that a hit squad traveled from Saudi Arabia to kill Saudi critic Jamal Khashoggi, who vanished after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on Oct. 2.. Saudi Arabia gave a different version of events on Saturday, saying Khashoggi died in a "fistfight" in the consulate and that 18 Saudi suspects were in custody and intelligence officials had been fired.

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Source: Global News

Foreigners sell over $1 billion in Saudi stocks amid killed journalist scandal

Today 04:14 GMT

Here’s why Canada’s ex-envoy to Saudi Arabia says sanctions for journalist killing wouldn’t work. The stock exchange data also showed Saudi individual investors such as retail investors and high net worth individuals sold a net 3.4 billion riyals worth of stocks during the week, however Saudi institutions bought a net 7.8 billion riyals worth of stocks.

Saudi credit default swaps, which investors buy as protection against default, rose to 100 basis points late last week for the first time since June, data from IHS Markit showed.

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Source: Fox News

Turkey vows crackdown over Khashoggi as critics call Erdogan regime 'world's worst jailer' of journalists

Today 11:46 GMT

Last December, the Committee to Protect Journalists called Turkey “the world’s worst jailer” of journalists for the second year in a row, highlighting that more than 150 have been imprisoned in the aftermath of the failed 2016 coup against the Erdogan government.

However, critics too are speaking out with a stark reminder that Turkey jails more journalists than any other nation and remains dismally low on the World Press Freedom Index.

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Source: Common Domain

Saudi Arabia tried to develop a mole inside Twitter: report

Today 11:45 GMT

The Saudi government relied on an employee inside Twitter and deployed droves of hired trolls to harass and suppress dissident Jamal Khashoggi and other critics, the New York Times reported.

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and his advisers led the effort to snuff out Khashoggi’s voice and other critics, and one of their weapons was a Saudi employee inside Twitter TWTR, -1.57%   who had access to user account information, the Times reported, citing anonymous sources.

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Source: The Guradian

Saudi Arabia has the most to lose from a sharp rise in oil prices

Today 10:51 GMT

If the west has become less oil-dependent, the opposite is true for Saudi Arabia, which, according to estimates from the International Monetary Fund, needs oil prices of $85-87 a barrel to balance its budget.

Oil prices are already hovering around the $80 a barrel mark and would spike to well over $100 a barrel should Saudi impose significant output curbs. Oil hit a peak price, unadjusted for inflation, of $147 a barrel in the summer of 2008 and could easily return to that sort of level.

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Source: Washington Post

Amid Khashoggi uproar, many Saudis see a foreign plot and rally around their prince

Today 00:34 GMT

“Why is everyone attacking us?”. 9 key questions Saudi Arabia hasn’t answered about the killing of Jamal Khashoggi. ‘The Saudis still aren’t coming clean’: Doubt expressed on explanation of Khashoggi’s death

Her reverence for MBS, as the crown prince is known, has not been diminished by the international outrage over his rash of jailings of political enemies, nor by the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, a contributing columnist to The Washington Post.

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Source: Washington Post

In death, Saudi writer’s mild calls for reform grew into a defiant shout

Sunday 20:54 GMT

Born in the Saudi holy city of Medina, Mr. Khashoggi grew up without wealth in a middle-class Saudi family with Turkish ancestry.

After two weeks of denials, the Saudi government acknowledged early Saturday that Mr. Khashoggi had died violently inside the country’s diplomatic consulate in Istanbul, while claiming that the death resulted from an argument and fistfight. A government statement announced the arrests of 18 Saudis, the firing of five top officials and a plan to overhaul the country’s intelligence agencies — to be overseen by Mohammed.

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Source: Washington Post

Saudi electronic army floods Twitter with insults and mistruths after Khashoggi’s disappearance

Saturday 15:25 GMT

The disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi more than two weeks ago has dragged the kingdom’s cyber-battles to center stage, with a vast network of Twitter accounts in the spotlight for amplifying Saudi government denials of involvement and hounding dissidents who contradict the official line.

In the weeks since Turkish officials first accused Riyadh of responsibility for his disappearance, and as Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has come under mounting scrutiny for his ties to the alleged killers, the online army has worked tirelessly to smear Khashoggi’s reputation.

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Source: BBC

Khashoggi 'died after fight' - Saudis

Saturday 15:25 GMT

Journalist Jamal Khashoggi died after a fight in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, the country's state TV reported quoting an initial probe.

A statement from Saudi Arabia's public prosecutor said a fight broke out between Mr Khashoggi and people who met him in the consulate - ending with his death. Earlier police in Turkey expanded their search for Mr Khashoggi's body, with unnamed officials saying his body may have been disposed of in the nearby Belgrad forest or on farmland.

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Source: Washington Post

Khashoggi outcry galvanizes critics against Saudi arms sales

Saturday 15:25 GMT

International outrage over the killing of Jamal Khashoggi, a journalist and Washington Post contributor, has galvanized lawmakers and critics who are seeking to curb arms sales to Saudi Arabia.

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), who has repeatedly urged his colleagues to end sales to Saudi Arabia, said he will fight the next Saudi arms deal that comes before Congress. The kingdom is the largest importer of U.S.-made weapons and for years has come under fire from human rights group for jailing dissidents and journalists and killing civilians in a military campaign in Yemen.

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Source: Common Domain

‘Unthinkable... after Ethiopia’: Yemen faces globe’s worst famine in 100 years

Sunday 17:14 GMT

Lise Grande, the UN’s humanitarian coordinator in Yemen, says the magnitude of the crisis may be just now sinking in: “I think many of us felt as we went into the 21st century that it was unthinkable that we could see a famine like we saw in Ethiopia, that we saw in Bengal, that we saw in parts of the Soviet Union—that was just unacceptable,” she told the BBC. “Many of us had the confidence that would never happen again and yet the reality is that in Yemen that is precisely what we are looking at.”


“Four hostile newspapers are more to be feared than a thousand bayonets...” ― Napoléon Bonaparte