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NYT Has Answers to Persistent 'Salvator Mundi' Questions

Including why it wasn't shown at the Louvre as planned in 2019

(Newser) - The world has had questions about "Salvator Mundi." The New York Times says it has answers. After the painting sold for an eye-popping $450 million in 2017, it remained out of the public eye, reportedly in the hands of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia, its...

US Releases Damning Report on Saudi Prince

US intelligence blames Mohammed bin Salman for murder of Jamal Khashoggi

(Newser) - The US released an intelligence report on Friday that directly implicates Saudi Arabia's crown prince in the 2018 murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi . The central conclusion of the report was widely expected given that intelligence officials were said to have reached it soon after the brutal killing of Khashoggi,...

Ahead of Bombshell Report, Biden Speaks to Saudi King

But there was no mention of Jamal Khashoggi in conversation with Saudi King Salman

(Newser) - President Biden spoke to Saudi Arabia's King Salman on Thursday for the first time since taking office—but the conversation was overshadowed by the looming release of a US intelligence report expected to say the 85-year-old king's son ordered the murder of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Biden...

US to Share Report Blaming MBS for Khashoggi Killing

UN expert says it must be released 'for the sake of American democracy'

(Newser) - Though Donald Trump played nice with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, it does not appear that President Biden will keep that up . The Biden administration plans to release on Thursday a declassified version of a 2018 intelligence report that concluded the crown prince approved and likely ordered the killing...

Saudi Activist's Release Seen as a Nod to Biden

Prince Mohammed bin Salman may be trying to play nice by freeing Loujain al-Hathloul

(Newser) - US and Canadian authorities are celebrating the release of a Saudi women's rights activist after 1,001 days in prison, though allies say she is not yet "free." Loujain al-Hathloul, a 31-year-old activist who attended university in Canada, was arrested in 2014 as she defied a ban...

Biden Makes Big Break From Trump on Foreign Policy
Biden Makes Big Break
From Trump on Foreign Policy

Biden Makes Big Break From Trump on Foreign Policy

'This war must end,' he says of Yemen conflict

(Newser) - President Biden, declaring that "America is back," delivered his first diplomatic address as president Thursday. He outlined several policies that reverse those of the Trump administration, and one that also breaks with an Obama administration policy that he helped shape, the New York Times reports. Biden, calling Saudi...

Embassy to Americans in Saudi Capital: 'Stay Alert'

Kingdom claims missile or drone interception in Riyadh, maybe launched by Yemen's Houthi rebels

(Newser) - Saudi Arabia said Saturday it intercepted an apparent missile or drone attack over its capital, Riyadh, amid the kingdom's yearslong war against neighboring Yemen's Houthi rebels. Social media users posted video of what appeared to be an explosion in the air over Riyadh. Saudi state TV quoted authorities...

Saudi Woman Who Pushed for Right to Drive Sentenced

Loujian al-Hathloul gets 5 years, 8 months

(Newser) - Loujian al-Hathloul led an ultimately successful push for women to be allowed to drive in Saudi Arabia—but instead of praising her as a reformer, authorities prosecuted her using a court set up to fight terrorism. The "Specialized Criminal Court" has sentenced the 31-year-old to almost six years in...

Reports: Israeli PM Met Secretly With Saudi Crown Prince

Saudi Arabia is denying the meeting, which also reportedly included Mike Pompeo

(Newser) - A secret rendezvous between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo also in attendance, reportedly took place Sunday, Israeli sources say. Axios reports that flight data showed a private jet leaving Tel Aviv Sunday evening, arriving in the...

Clues to $700K Theft in Paris: Handprints on a Trapdoor

Saudi princess returned to apartment to find furs, jewelry, 30 Hermes bags gone

(Newser) - A Saudi princess who returned to the Paris apartment she'd left over the summer ended up in the hospital in shock after she found more than $700,000 worth of her jewelry, furs, and designer handbags had been stolen. The Guardian and RFI report that the unidentified 47-year-old royal,...

Saudi Crown Prince Sued in US Court Over 2018 Murder

Jamal Khashoggi's fiancee says he saw the journalist as an 'existential threat'

(Newser) - Jamal Khashoggi's fiancee has sued Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in US federal court over the death of the Saudi journalist. Hatice Cengiz, along with the human rights organization founded by Khashoggi, allege in the suit that Khashoggi's torture, death, and dismemberment came at the "directive of...

'Parody of Justice' Slammed After Khashoggi Verdicts

Saudis hand down 8 prison sentences

(Newser) - A Saudi court issued final verdicts on Monday in the case of slain Washington Post columnist and Saudi critic Jamal Khashoggi after his son, who still resides in the kingdom, announced pardons that spared five of the convicted individuals from execution. While the trial draws to its conclusion in Saudi...

Ex-Intelligence Officer: Prince Sent 'Tiger Squad' to Kill Me

Saad Aljabri, who lives in exile in Toronto, says customs agents stopped the men

(Newser) - A former Saudi intelligence official says Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman wants him dead—and he might have ended up like Jamal Khashoggi if not for alert customs agents in Canada. In a federal lawsuit filed in Washington, DC, Thursday, Saad Aljabri, who lives in exile in Toronto, accuses the...

World Has a New No. 3 in Virus Deaths
Things Are Getting
Worse for Mexico

Things Are Getting Worse for Mexico

The nation edges into third place with coronavirus deaths

(Newser) - Mexico now has the third most COVID-19 deaths in the world, behind Brazil and the US, the AP reports. Mexican health officials on Friday reported 688 new deaths, pushing the country's confirmed total to over 46,600. That put Mexico just ahead of the UK, which has more than...

This Khashoggi Murder Trial Won't Be Secret

20 Saudi nationals go on trial in absentia in Turkey

(Newser) - Twenty Saudi nationals are on trial in absentia in Turkey for the 2018 murder of Jamal Khashoggi inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, including two former aides of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Ahmed al-Asiri, the former deputy head of Saudi Arabia's general intelligence, and Saud al-Qahtani, an...

Dozens of US Diplomats Fell Ill. Then, an 'Extraordinary Step'

Officials at embassy in Riyadh contacted Congress when State Department failed to respond: 'NYT'

(Newser) - Diplomats in the midst of a coronavirus outbreak inside the US Embassy in Saudi Arabia went outside official channels to reach out to Congress last month, fearing their health was in jeopardy. Dozens had fallen ill following a birthday barbecue, and a Sudanese driver for the diplomats had died, the...

Whereabouts of Princess Unknown. So Is Her Health

Confidant: Family of Saudi Princess Basmah, said to be imprisoned, worried she's sick or dead

(Newser) - The family of a Saudi princess who vanished in early 2019 and is believed imprisoned now has a new concern: that her health is failing, or even that she may not be around anymore. "[If] she's dead or alive, we have no idea, we literally have no single...

Khashoggi's Fiancee Rejects Sons' Decision on Killers

'No one has the right to pardon his killers,' says Hatice Cengiz

(Newser) - Jamal Khashoggi's former fiancee is no fan of his sons' decision to forgive the five Saudi agents convicted of the journalist's 2018 murder in Istanbul. "His ambush and heinous murder does not have a statue of limitations and no one has the right to pardon his killers,...

Khashoggi Sons Spare 5 Killers From Execution

They say they have forgiven Saudi convicts

(Newser) - The family of slain Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi announced Friday they have forgiven his Saudi killers, giving legal reprieve to the five government agents convicted of his murder who’d been sentenced to execution. "We, the sons of the martyr Jamal Khashoggi, announce that we forgive those who...

Democrats See 'Troubling' Saudi Link in Watchdog's Firing

Steve Linick was investigating decision to allow arms sales

(Newser) - State Department Inspector General Steve Linick was looking into a lot more than dog-walking and errand-running when he was abruptly fired on Friday, House Democrats say. Lawmakers have confirmed that the watchdog's other investigations included a probe of President Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's decision last...

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