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Source: CBS News

Saudi missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi: Explanation expected from Saudi Arabia as Mike Pompeo arrives

Today 13:37 GMT

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived Tuesday morning in Saudi Arabia amid expectations that the oil-rich, ultra-conservative Islamic kingdom was about to present its version of events surrounding the disappearance and alleged murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Pompeo was dispatched on Monday, immediately after President Donald Trump had a phone call with the Saudi king, whom he said denied any knowledge of Khashoggi's fate.

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Source: Fox News

Trump 'immediately' sending Pompeo to meet with Saudi king over missing activist

Today 13:35 GMT

President Trump said Monday he is “immediately” sending Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to Saudi Arabia to meet with King Salman to discuss the disappearance of Saudi activist Jamal Khashoggi.

Turkish media have published images from Oct. 2 of an alleged 15-member Saudi “assassination squad” and video of suspicious movements at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul after Khashoggi’s disappearance. Several Republicans and Democrats on the Foreign Relations Committee sent a letter to Trump requesting he “make a determination on the imposition of sanctions … with respect to any foreign person responsible for such a violation related to Mr. Khashoggi.”

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Source: Fox News

Saudi Arabia considers saying activist Jamal Khashoggi was killed by mistake, reports say

Today 13:36 GMT

The Saudi government is considering whether to say that rogue intelligence operatives murdered activist and writer Jamal Khashoggi by mistake inside the kingdom's consulate in Istanbul earlier this month, multiple media outlets reported Monday.

Khashoggi, 59, has not been seen since he entered the Saudi consulate on the afternoon of Oct. 2. Turkish authorities have said they have evidence proving that Khashoggi was killed by Saudi agents, while Riyadh officials have claimed that Khashoggi was alive when he left the building and they do not know what happened to him.

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Source: DW

Jamal Khashoggi: Saudi-Turkish team arrives to search consulate

Today 13:35 GMT

A joint Turkish-Saudi team of inspectors has arrived to search the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, where Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi went missing nearly two weeks ago.

Turkish investigators on Monday began a search of the Saudi consulate in Istanbul for the first time since journalist Jamal Khashoggi disappeared. The team arrived in an unmarked police car and made no comments to reporters gathered outside the consulate as international concern grew over Khashoggi's fate.

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Source: Common Domain

Oil Prices Waver On U.S.-Saudi Tensions

Today 13:36 GMT

Oil prices wavered between gains and losses on Monday on the back of mounting threats between the U.S. and Saudi Arabia over the suspected killing of a dissident Saudi journalist.

“Growing tensions over the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul have proved supportive for oil prices, “ according to Warren Patterson, commodities strategist at ING Bank. “This has raised concerns that the Saudis may use oil as a tool for retaliation if any sanctions or other action is taken against them as a result of the disappearance of the journalist,” Mr. Patterson said.

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Source: Common Domain

U.S.-Saudi Tensions Boost Oil Market

Today 10:51 GMT

The oil market had come under pressure last week amid a global stock market rout, as well as downward revisions in oil demand growth projections for this year and next by both the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries and the International Energy Agency.

ICE gasoil, a benchmark for diesel fuel, changed hands at $713.50 a metric ton, mainly on a par with the previous settlement.

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Source: Washington Post

Top banker Dimon drops out of Saudi conference as Treasury secretary Mnuchin weighs whether to attend

Monday 23:41 GMT

Jamie Dimon, chief executive of JPMorgan Chase & Co., is the latest and one of the most high-profile business executives to drop out of a Saudi investment conference in Riyadh this month, after allegations that Saudi agents killed the dissident and journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

In what could be an even bigger withdrawal from the event, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin is now weighing whether to attend — after saying last week he did plan to go to the conference.

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Source: BBC

Branson halts Saudi investment talks

Sunday 19:59 GMT

Sir Richard Branson has halted talks over $1bn Saudi investment in Virgin space firms after the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Virgin was in talks with Saudi sovereign wealth fund the Public Investment Fund about a proposed $1bn investment in space companies Virgin Galactic and Virgin Orbit. Talks have been going on since October 2017, when the Saudi intention to invest was agreed by Prince Mohammad bin Salman Al-Saud, Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, and Sir Richard.

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Source: BBC

Dubious Apple Watch link to journalist 'killing'

Monday 13:37 GMT

There is a story going around that Jamal Khashoggi, the journalist missing presumed killed, recorded exactly what happened inside Saudi Arabia's Istanbul consulate on his Apple Watch.

It seems far more likely that they have other means of detecting what foreign diplomats are up to and the Apple Watch story is just useful cover.

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Source: Common Domain

Turkey Frees American Pastor Andrew Brunson, in Bid to Ease U.S. Tensions

Saturday 19:05 GMT

An evangelical American pastor held in Turkey on terrorism charges will be sent back to the U.S. after a Turkish court lifted his house arrest on Friday, removing a major irritant in the relationship between the North Atlantic Treaty Organization allies.

In Washington, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R., S.C.) a member of the Armed Services Committee, said in an interview that Turkey’s release of Mr. Brunson is an important step toward improving the relationship between the U.S. and Turkey, which has faced a series of strains in recent months.


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