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Source: The Guradian

US ready to move on from Khashoggi case but will Turkey play along?

Today 15:25 GMT

That assumes other key actors are willing to play along with what the former head of MI6 Sir John Sawers has in effect described as a fiction of an explanation – that the court’s effort to persuade Khashoggi to return to Saudi Arabia went wrong, the two sides came to blows, Khashoggi was somehow killed, and a panic-struck group of agents tried to cover up their mistake.

In the age-old tussle between money and morality, the UK outside the EU and in search of markets has fewer options.

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Source: BBC

Khashoggi 'died after fight' - Saudis

Today 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: DW

Opinion: Turkey profiting from the Khashoggi affair

Today 15:25 GMT

Two weeks after the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, the Saudi government still hasn't confessed to what it knows.

Read more: 'The Saudis will find a scapegoat' for Khashoggi, says exiled Prince Khalid. Ultimately, Turkey has used the situation to gain ground on its rivals within the Islamic world. Not only has the Khashoggi case disappointed many young Saudis, it has also eroded the moral credibility of a country whose king is bestowed with the title "Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques."

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Source: Washington Post

How Turkey’s president became a pivotal dealmaker after Saudi journalist disappeared

Today 15:25 GMT

When a Saudi journalist disappeared at his consulate here this month, Turkey did more than just quietly investigate: It narrated the crisis, focusing the world’s attention on what it said was a brazen, state-sponsored assassination on its soil.

In another sign of Turkish pressure, prosecutors announced Friday that they were interviewing Turks who worked at the consulate — employees who might provide insight into the movements and actions of Saudi officials around the time the journalist, Jamal Khashoggi, disappeared.

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Source: Global News

Twitter shuts down hundreds of suspected bots which shared pro-Saudi views on Jamal Khashoggi

Today 15:25 GMT

A network of hundreds of Twitter accounts was shut down after tweeting pro-Saudi sentiments regarding the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

The accounts are suspected of being bots, NBC News reported, because they were tweeting and re-tweeting pro-Saudi government tweets at the same time and in the same order. Jamal Khashoggi’s remains taken out of Saudi consulate, Turkey suggests. They also all used the same Arabic hashtag, which translates to “We All Trust Mohammad bin Salman.”

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Source: Washington Post

Turkish investigators expand search for missing journalist to forest, farm outside Istanbul

Friday 08:05 GMT

Turkish investigators have expanded their probes into the case of missing Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi to include at least two wooded areas outside Istanbul, local news agencies and a Turkish official said Thursday.

Police investigating the disappearance of Khashoggi — who they believe was killed by Saudi agents inside the country’s consulate in Istanbul — will review security footage from the entrances to Istanbul’s Belgrad Forest and also expect to search farmland in Yalova province about 60 miles away, Turkish media reported.

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Source: The Guradian

Evidence suggests crown prince ordered Khashoggi killing, says ex-MI6 chief

Today 14:30 GMT

A former head of MI6 has said all the evidence suggests Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was behind the death of the journalist Jamal Khashoggi, and that the theory that rogue elements in the Saudi military were responsible was “blatant fiction”.

The comments came after Donald Trump said he presumed Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist, was dead and that the consequences for Saudi Arabia would be “very severe” if its leaders were found to have ordered the dissident journalist’s killing.

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Source: BBC

Who's who in alleged Saudi 'hit squad'

Today 09:55 GMT

Turkish media have named 15 Saudi nationals who Turkish officials suspect were involved in the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi, a prominent Saudi journalist critical of the government who was last seen entering the Saudi consulate in the city of Istanbul on 2 October.

The Washington Post reports that a Saudi passport held by a man with the same name was used to enter the US on trips that coincided with three visits by Saudi royals.

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Source: The Guradian

Ex-Chinese internment camp detainee denied US visa despite Congress invitation

Friday 08:06 GMT

An outspoken former detainee in China’s internment camps for Muslims has said that his application for a visa to visit the United States was rejected even though he had been invited to speak at Congress about his ordeal.

Commission spokesman Scott Flipse confirmed the invitation and said the co-chairs had written to Bekali offering to assist him in seeking a visa. The State Department declined to comment on Bekali’s case, saying US immigration law prohibits it from discussing individual visa applications.

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Source: DW

Russian President Vladimir Putin reports 700 hostages seized by IS in Syria

Friday 08:06 GMT

Russian President Vladimir Putin said IS fighters have captured hundreds of hostages, including several US and European nationals.

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Islamic State (IS) militants had seized almost 700 hostages in a part of Syria controlled by US-backed forces. Speaking at an international policy forum in the Black Sea resort of Sochi on Thursday, Putin said some of the hostages had been executed and that IS had promised it would kill more.

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Source: Washington Post

Why one man’s disappearance captured the outrage and media attention that war has not

Friday 21:52 GMT

In the months before the disappearance of columnist Jamal Khashoggi, Saudi Arabia’s government racked up a startling record of human rights abuses.

It has led a coalition waging a brutal war in neighboring Yemen, which has killed thousands of civilians, including 40 children whose school bus was bombed in August. Saudi officials have jailed dissidents, busi­ness­peo­ple, clerics and journalists, as well as royal rivals to the country’s de facto ruler, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

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Source: CBS News

Crime-scene investigators search Saudi consul's home in Jamal Khashoggi case

Thursday 16:23 GMT

 Turkish crime-scene investigators searched the home of the Saudi consul general in Istanbul Wednesday in the disappearance of Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi.

As Saudi Arabia's green national flag flapped overhead, forensics teams entered the residence, located slightly more than a mile from the consulate where Khashoggi vanished Oct. 2 while trying to pick up paperwork to get married. ISTANBUL — Turkish crime-scene investigators searched the home of the Saudi consul general in Istanbul Wednesday in the disappearance of Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi.

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Source: The Guradian

Thursday US briefing: US asks Turkey for tape of Khashoggi killing

Friday 08:05 GMT

The US secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, made a two-day visit to Saudi Arabia and Turkey in an apparent effort to contain the Khashoggi scandal.

The US has asked Turkey for a copy of the audio recording that reportedly captures journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s torture and murder inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. Donald Trump told reporters on Wednesday that the tape “probably” exists, a day after he had defended the Saudi regime, with whom he has developed close personal ties.

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Source: CBS News

Khashoggi's friend on calls for independent probe: "There is no Bob Mueller" in Saudi Arabia

Thursday 16:22 GMT

Turkish officials claim they have proof a 15-member Saudi hit squad killed Khashoggi inside Saudi Arabia's consulate in Istanbul.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is headed back to the U.S. after meeting with top Saudi and Turkish officials about the disappearance of Washington Post contributor Jamal Khashoggi. Turkish officials claim they have proof a 15-member Saudi hit squad killed Khashoggi inside Saudi Arabia's consulate in Istanbul.

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Source: Fox News

Saudi doctor told others to listen to music during writer’s decapitation: report

Friday 08:05 GMT

A Saudi doctor who was allegedly sent to Turkey to assist with the dismemberment of Jamal Khashoggi reportedly told others in the room to listen to music to ease the tension as they cut off the journalist’s head and dismembered his body.

The hit squad of 15 Saudi Arabian men, most of whom held roles in the Saudi government or security services, then proceeded to behead and dismembered the journalist’s body, the report said.


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