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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...
Qatar will pull out of OPEC amid tension with Saudi Arabia

Qatar will pull out of OPEC amid tension with Saudi Arabia

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The tiny, energy-rich Arab nation of Qatar announced on Monday it will withdraw from OPEC in January, mixing its aspirations to increase production outside of the cartel's constraints with the politics of slighting the Saudi-dominated group amid the kingdom's boycott of Doha. The surprise announcement from Qatar's minister of state for energy affairs, Saad Sherida al-Kaabi, again throws into question the role of the cartel after needing non-members to push through a production cut in 2016 after prices crashed below $ 30 a barrel. It also marks the first time a Mideast nation has left the cartel since its founding in 1960. In a statement, al-Kaabi said Qatar, the world's largest exporter of liquified natural gas, planned to increase its exports from 77 million tons of gas per year to 110 ...
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'

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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...
Jamal Khashoggi murder: Turkey 'shared tapes' with Saudi, US

Jamal Khashoggi murder: Turkey 'shared tapes' with Saudi, US

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Media playback is unsupported on your device Turkey says it has shared recordings related to the murder of the journalist and writer Jamal Khashoggi with the US, the UK, Saudi Arabia and others.Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan repeated his assertion that Saudi Arabia knew who had killed Khashoggi.Khashoggi, a critic of Saudi rulers, was killed inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on 2 October.Saudi Arabia has admitted he was murdered there, but denied suggestions its royal family was involved.It had initially maintained the writer had left the consulate unharmed.The Saudis have also denied comments allegedly made by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman describing Khashoggi as a dangerous Islamist.The reported phone call to the White ...