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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... More »

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... More »

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... More »

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,... More »

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... More »

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... More »

Flogging Sentences to End

Rights group calls Saudi Arabia's decision long overdue

(Newser) - Crimes in Saudi Arabia will no longer be punished by flogging. The decision came from the kingdom's supreme court, the Guardian reports. "This is a welcome change, but it should have happened years ago," said a spokesman for Human Rights Watch. Rights groups have said flogging has... More »

Saudi Princess: I'm in Jail for No Reason

Human rights advocate is the crown prince's cousin

(Newser) - A senior Saudi royal says she and a daughter are being held in a Riyadh prison without charge despite repeated pleas to her cousin, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Princess Basmah bint Saud bin Abdulaziz al-Saud—a granddaughter of Saudi Arabia's founding monarch and the youngest daughter of King... More »

News of Saudi-Russian Truce Pleases Markets

Trump says the nations are poised to end their oil dispute

(Newser) - Wall Street pushed higher Thursday after a surge in oil prices helped resuscitate beaten-down energy stocks. The gains helped overshadow another report showing the coronavirus outbreak is forcing a record-breaking number of Americans into the unemployment queue, per the AP . The S&P 500 rose more than 2% in morning... More »

20 Saudis Accused of 'Torment Through Fiendish Instinct'

Turkish prosecutors file indictment over Khashoggi killing

(Newser) - Turkish prosecutors have formally charged two former aides of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and 18 other Saudi nationals over the 2018 killing of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi, officials said Wednesday. A statement from the Istanbul chief prosecutor's office said it has completed its investigation into Khashoggi'... More »

Nation's King: I Refuse to Accept My Inheritance

King Felipe VI says his father's financial irregularities were too much

(Newser) - Spain’s royal house said Sunday that King Felipe VI has renounced any future personal inheritance he could receive from his father, King Emerit Juan Carlos I, over the alleged financial irregularities involving the former monarch, the AP reports. The royal house said in a statement that in addition to... More »

Disney Gives the World Good Coronavirus News

But sadly the world has its youngest coronavirus case: a newborn

(Newser) - Amid all the negative COVID-19 stories, a good one from Disney: Frozen 2 will be available for streaming three months earlier than expected, CNN reports. New Disney CEO Bob Chapek says the movie's "powerful themes of perseverance and the importance of family" are "incredibly relevant during this... More »

Here's Why Saudi Royals Were Reportedly Arrested

They were allegedly trying to keep crown prince from becoming king

(Newser) - Sources say the two Saudi royals arrested Friday were thinking of scheming to block Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's accession to the throne should his father, King Salman, die or become incapacitated. The sources tell the Guardian Prince Ahmed bin Abdul Aziz, the last living full brother of the... More »

Oil Prices Plunge Again

Saudis, Russians argue about oil production amid coronavirus fears

(Newser) - Oil prices are plunging amid worries that an OPEC dispute will lead an economy weakened by COVID-19 to be awash in an oversupply of crude, the AP reports. Brent crude, the international standard, lost $8.77, or 19.3%, to $36.50, as of 7:23pm Eastern time on Sunday... More »

2 Saudi Princes Arrested

Authorities nab the king's beloved younger brother and nephew

(Newser) - Two senior princes in Saudi Arabia are under arrest for not supporting Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who has consolidated control of all major levers of power with the support of his father, King Salman, two people close to the royal family said Saturday, the AP reports. The arrests on... More »

Saudi Arabia Orders Arrest of Female Rapper

Authorities angered by 'Mecca Girl' video

(Newser) - By Western standards, there is nothing remotely offensive about Saudi rapper Asayel Slay's "Mecca Girl" music video , in which the young woman dances in a cafe while rapping about the strength and beauty of women from Mecca. Officials in the holy city, however, have ordered her arrest, saying... More »

UN Experts Want Immediate Probe of Alleged Bezos Hack

Sources say Saudi crown prince sent him infected WhatsApp file

(Newser) - The world's richest man had his phone hacked during what he thought was a friendly chat with Saudi Arabia's crown prince, insiders say, and now UN experts are calling for an "immediate investigation" of the allegations by "the US and other relevant authorities." Sources tell... More »

US Plans Saudi Expulsions After Pensacola Shooting

Though they aren't accused of anything, at least a dozen servicemen training at base will go

(Newser) - After an FBI investigation, the US is moving to deport more than a dozen Saudi trainees at the Florida base where three Americans were shot to death last month. No one in the group is accused of being involved in the Pensacola attack by a member of the Royal Saudi... More »

5 Sentenced to Die for Khashoggi Murder

But the 2 most senior suspects were acquitted

(Newser) - After a secretive trial that lasted almost a year, Saudi Arabia has sentenced five people to die for the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi inside the country's Istanbul consulate last year. Prosecutors say, however, that three suspects, including the two most senior officials accused of involvement in the crime,... More »

Military Bill Forces Statement About Saudi Prince

Intelligence chief must make determination on whether MBS ordered Khashoggi killing

(Newser) - The acting director of national intelligence will have 30 days to present a formal determination on the killers of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi under the military bill passed by the House this week. Though the White House was insistent that punitive measures against the Saudi regime be stripped from... More »

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