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Saudi prosecutor seeks death penalty in Khashoggi's killing

Nov. 15, 2018 10:08 AM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia's top prosecutor said Thursday he's seeking the death penalty for five suspects charged with ordering and carrying out the killing of dissident Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi at the kingdom's consulate in Istanbul. The disclosures by the prosecution appear...

The Latest: Saudi diplomat says prince not linked to murder

Nov. 15, 2018 9:16 AM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The Latest on developments following the Oct. 2 killing of Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi at the kingdom's consulate in Istanbul (all times local): 6:10 p.m. Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister says that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman had "absolutely" nothing to do with the...

Trump picks retired general for ambassador to Saudi Arabia

Nov. 13, 2018 7:37 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A retired four-star general is President Donald Trump's pick to be U.S. ambassador to Saudi Arabia, filling a key diplomatic vacancy at a time when U.S.-Saudi relations are being tested by the slaying of a journalist critical of the Saudi royal family. Trump announced Tuesday that he is...

Bolton says tape doesn't link Saudi prince to critic's death

Nov. 13, 2018 5:14 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's national security adviser said Tuesday that people who have listened to an audio recording of the killing of a Saudi journalist do not think it implicates Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in his death. "That is not the conclusion that the people who have...

Turkey: 'Atrocious' recording suggests killer used drugs

Nov. 13, 2018 10:43 AM EST

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The audio recording of the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi is so "atrocious" that a Saudi intelligence official who heard it speculated that "only someone who took heroin" could carry it out, Turkey's president was quoted as saying Tuesday. Speaking to journalists on board his...

Trudeau: Canadian intelligence has heard Khashoggi tapes

Nov. 12, 2018 11:50 AM EST

PARIS (AP) — Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Monday became the first Western leader to acknowledge his country had heard recordings of the killing of Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi. "Canada has been fully briefed up on what Turkey had to share," Trudeau said from Paris, where he was attending the...

Top British diplomat to press Saudis over Khashoggi killing

Nov. 12, 2018 10:16 AM EST

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Britain's top diplomat met Monday with King Salman in Saudi Arabia, where he was expected to press the kingdom to fully cooperate with a Turkish investigation into last month's killing of Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi at the kingdom's consulate in Istanbul. Foreign Secretary...

Ex-Saudi spy chief: No independent Khashoggi investigation

Nov. 9, 2018 8:00 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Prince Turki Al-Faisal, Saudi Arabia's former spy chief, said Friday the country is proud of its judicial system and will never accept an international investigation into the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, human rights groups, and some...

A Democratic House could probe Trump business ties abroad

Nov. 7, 2018 1:53 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — President Donald Trump's Russian business ties, Jared Kushner's relationship with the Saudi crown prince, Ivanka Trump's Chinese trademarks — all could come under new scrutiny by the Democrats when they take over the House of Representatives. While Trump retains broad power over...

SoftBank CEO decries journalist's death, defends Saudi fund

Nov. 5, 2018 6:48 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — SoftBank Group Corp. Chief Executive Masayoshi Son denounced Monday the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, but defended the Japanese technology giant's investment fund, which includes Saudi money, as work that needs to be finished. Speaking at an earnings news conference, Son called...