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Saudi Prince's Day: A Jarring Handshake, Standing Ovation

'MBS' receives Khashoggi's son at palace, attends financial summit
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 23, 2018 11:47 AM CDT
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, right, shakes hands with Salah Khashoggi, a son of Jamal Khashoggi, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on Tuesday.   (Saudi Press Agency via AP)
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(Newser) – A photo released by the Saudi Press Agency on Tuesday shows a striking handshake—one between Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and the son of slain journalist Jamal Khashoggi. The crown prince is suspected of playing a role in the murder of Khashoggi, but he and his father, King Salman, are pictured greeting Salah Khashoggi at Yamama Palace in Riyadh to offer their condolences. They also greeted the elder Khashoggi's brother. A friend of Salah Khashoggi tells the AP that the journalist's son has been under a travel ban since last year.

Also Tuesday, the crown prince received a standing ovation when he made an unannounced visit to his nation's Future Investment Initiative, reports the New York Times. The annual summit has a lot of big-name no-shows this year because of the Khashoggi controversy. Meanwhile, CIA Director Gina Haspel was in Turkey reviewing the investigation, and VP Mike Pence said in DC that the "brutal murder" of Khashoggi "will not go without an American response." (Turkey's president says the official Saudi explanation looks pretty shaky.)

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