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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,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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'...

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...

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2 Saudi Princes Arrested

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...

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...

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...

'It Was Easy to Forget, Later, That He Was a Man in Love'
Telling the Full Story
of Khashoggi's Murder
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Telling the Full Story of Khashoggi's Murder

On the first anniversary of his death

(Newser) - On Oct. 2, 2018, the journalist Jamal Khashoggi was murdered in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. One year later, Insider tells the story "as we know it," based on a 100-page report by the UN special rapporteur for extrajudicial, summary, or arbitrary executions released in June, hundreds of...

WH Concealed Calls With Putin, Crown Prince: Report

As well as reported convo in which Trump told Russians election interference didn't concern him

(Newser) - As an impeachment inquiry into President Trump gains momentum after a whistleblower complaint regarding his July phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymr Zelensky, more stories are breaking that suggest a concealment like the one alleged after the Trump-Zelensky call may not have been limited to that call. Sources tell CNN...

A Year On, Saudi Crown Prince Talks Khashoggi

MBS says murder 'happened under my watch' but denies knowledge of it

(Newser) - Saudi Arabia's crown prince has accepted responsibility for the first time in Jamal Khashoggi's murder at the kingdom's Istanbul consulate last October—though he still claims he had no knowledge of it. "I get all the responsibility, because it happened under my watch," Mohammed bin...

Pompeo: Saudi Oil Attack an 'Act of War' by Iran

As Trump hits Iran with new sanctions

(Newser) - President Trump may have hedged on officially naming Iran as the party responsible for the weekend attack on Saudi oil facilities, but he lowered the financial kibosh on Tehran on Wednesday morning, Bloomberg reports. "I have just instructed the Secretary of the Treasury to substantially increase Sanctions on the...

Trump 'Angry' on Khashoggi, but Crown Prince a 'Friend of Mine'

President says Mohammed bin Salman is doing a 'spectacular job'

(Newser) - While most world leaders gave Saudi Arabia's Mohammed bin Salman the side-eye at the G20 summit held in Osaka, Japan, the crown prince had at least one attendee in his corner: US President Trump. The Wall Street Journal reports Trump's "rare endorsement" of bin Salman came during...

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