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Source: CBS News

Biden says Trump "seems to have a love affair with autocrats"

Thursday 21:52 GMT

Mr. Trump "seems to have a love affair with autocrats," Biden said in an interview with "CBS This Morning" co-host Norah O'Donnell. "I just don't know why this administration seems to feel the need to coddle autocrats and dictators from Putin to Kim Jong Un to you know Duterte.

Former Vice President Joe Biden criticized President Trump for his leniency toward Saudi Arabia following the disappearance of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

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Source: Washington Post

Secret recordings give insight into Saudi attempt to silence critics

Friday 01:31 GMT

After journalist vanishes, focus shifts to young prince’s ‘dark’ and bullying side. Khashoggi mystery fixes spotlight on Saudi official described as crown prince’s strategist, enforcer

Omar Abdulaziz hit record on his phone and slipped it into the breast pocket of his jacket, he recalled, taking a seat in a Montreal cafe to wait for two men who said they were carrying a personal message from Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

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Source: The Week

Why is President Trump letting the Saudis push him around?

Thursday 09:56 GMT

Even Pat Buchanan, one of Trump's strongest intellectual defenders, thinks this is one time America shouldn't put its conscience on the shelf, but instead take the opportunity to back away from a relationship that has long since ceased to serve American interests.

Across the decades, the Saudis have proven extraordinarily adept at navigating a changing world, and at soothing Washington's sensitivities.

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Source: Common Domain

In final column, Khashoggi laments ‘Arab governments have been given free rein’ to silence media

Friday 00:35 GMT

Those are the words of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, in his final column for the Washington Post, published late Wednesday.

Khashoggi was describing the lack of a free press in the Arab world and crackdowns against journalists, but it could also be seen as a chilling foreshadowing of his own fate. He has not been seen since entering the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul two weeks ago, and Turkish officials say they have audio evidence that Khashoggi, a critic of the Saudi regime, was tortured, killed and dismembered.

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Source: Common Domain

Trump Talks Tough, Sends Mixed Signals on Saudis

Saturday 00:36 GMT

Appeared in the October 19, 2018, print edition as 'Trump Talks Tough, Sends Mixed Signals on Saudis.'. President Trump says dissident journalist is likely dead as Treasury Secretary cancels attendance at Saudi conference

President Trump said Thursday that a prominent Saudi journalist is likely dead and his Treasury secretary called off plans to attend a Saudi investment conference next week, amid strains over how to react to the suspected death of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi.


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