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Saudi woos back heavyweights despite Khashoggi murder

Saudi woos back heavyweights despite Khashoggi murder

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Saudi Arabia has attracted high-profile business and political figures to its "Davos in the Desert" event, including some who stayed away last year over the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.The event, under way in Riyadh, features US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, who pulled out last time.Others who have changed their minds since then include the bosses of Credit Suisse, Blackstone and BlackRock.HSBC's John Flint dropped out in 2018, but interim boss Noel Quinn is there.The event, officially known as the Future Investment Initiative, is being held for the third time and is viewed as the kingdom's key annual investment event. It is organised by Saudi Arabia's Public Investment Fund and despite its nickname, has no connection with the World Economi...
Saudis condemn US 'interference' over Khashoggi death

Saudis condemn US 'interference' over Khashoggi death

World
Saudi Arabia has rejected the US Senate's conclusion that its crown prince was responsible for the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. In an unusually strong rebuke of the Senate, the kingdom said a resolution it drafted last week "contained blatant interferences" in its internal affairs and undermines its regional and international role.Saudi has continually denied that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was involved in the planning of Mr Khashoggi's death inside Istanbul's Saudi consulate in October. Image: Jamal Khashoggi was killed after going into the consulate on 2 October The kingdom has said it "categorically rejects any interference in its internal affairs, any and all accusations, in any manner, that disrespect its leadership...
Khashoggi murder: Saudi crown prince crazy, says US senator

Khashoggi murder: Saudi crown prince crazy, says US senator

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Media playback is unsupported on your device US senators say they are more certain than ever after a private CIA briefing that the Saudi crown prince had a role in the murder of a journalist.In a blistering attack, Senator Lindsey Graham said he had "high confidence" Mohammed bin Salman was complicit in the killing of Jamal Khashoggi.The South Carolina Republican described the Saudi royal as "a wrecking ball", "crazy" and "dangerous".The Saudis have charged 11 people but deny the crown prince was involved. Where the Saudi prince stands revealed Jamal Khashoggi: The story so far What did senators say?Members of the Senate's Committee on Foreign Relations did not mince words after the briefing by CIA Director Gina Haspel on Tuesday."There is not...
Trump stands with Saudi Arabia despite Khashoggi killing

Trump stands with Saudi Arabia despite Khashoggi killing

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Donald Trump has admitted Saudi Arabia's crown prince may have known about Jamal Khashoggi's killing - but will not punish the country financially. The US president said America plans to remain a "steadfast partner" of the kingdom.Mr Khashoggi, a journalist and staunch critic of the Saudi rulers, was murdered inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on 2 October after entering to obtain documents so he could marry his Turkish fiancee.Mr Trump said: "Our intelligence agencies continue to assess all information, but it could very well be that the crown prince had knowledge of this tragic event - maybe he did and maybe he didn't!"We may never know all of the facts surrounding the murder of Mr Jamal Khashoggi. In any case, our relationship is with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia."Th...
Jamal Khashoggi: CIA 'blames Saudi prince for murder'

Jamal Khashoggi: CIA 'blames Saudi prince for murder'

World
The CIA believes that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, according to US media reports.Sources close to the agency said it had assessed the evidence in detail. It is understood there is no "smoking gun" but US officials think such an operation would need the prince's approval.Saudi Arabia has called the claim false and insisted that the crown prince knew nothing about plans for the killing.It says Khashoggi was killed as a result of a "rogue operation". Meanwhile, US Vice-President Mike Pence vowed on Saturday to hold Khashoggi's killers to account.Speaking on the sidelines of a summit in Papua New Guinea, he said the US was "determined to hold all of those accountable who are...