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Skeptical responses to Saudi story

by Harvest Prude
Posted 10/22/18, 01:06 pm

WASHINGTON—White House senior adviser Jared Kushner said Monday the Trump administration is still in the “fact-finding phase” of the investigation into the death earlier this month of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul. Speaking at a CNN forum in New York, Kushner, President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and a key strategist on Middle East policy, said the White House was working to balance U.S. interests in the region amid “what is obviously a terrible situation.”

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Saudis admit Khashoggi died at consulate

by Mickey McLean
Posted 10/20/18, 10:59 am

Saudi state media released statements early Saturday saying that journalist Jamal Khashoggi did die at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul on Oct. 2, blaming his death on a “fistfight” that broke out. The report noted that 18 Saudi suspects were in custody and four top intelligence officials had been fired.

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U.S. renews warnings to Saudi Arabia over journalist

by Harvest Prude
Posted 10/19/18, 12:56 pm

WASHINGTON—President Donald Trump threatened severe consequences for Saudi Arabia if his administration finds the Saudi royal family is behind the alleged death of Saudi journalist and U.S. resident Jamal Khashoggi. The president has been hesitant to condemn Saudi Arabia, a top oil exporter and U.S. ally, but he told reporters Thursday that “it certainly looks” like Khashoggi is dead. Trump did not spell out the nature of the consequences but said, “It’ll have to be very severe. I mean, it’s bad, bad stuff.”

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