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Saudi Arabia rules out extraditing suspects in Khashoggi case

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister on Sunday ruled out the extradition of suspects in the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, after Istanbul’s chief prosecutor filed warrants for the arrest of two former senior Saudi officials. Turkish officials said last week that the prosecutor’s office had concluded there was “strong suspicion” that Saud al-Qahtani, a top aide to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, and General Ahmed al-Asiri, who served as deputy head of foreign intelligence, were among the planners of Khashoggi’s…

‘I can’t breathe’ were Khashoggi’s final words, report says

WASHINGTON: Jamal Khashoggi's final words were "I can't breathe," CNN said Sunday, citing a source who has read the transcript of an audio tape of the final moments before the journalist's murder. The source told the US network the transcript made clear the killing was premeditated, and suggests several phone calls were made to give briefings on the progress. CNN said Turkish officials believe those calls were made to top officials in Riyadh. Khashoggi, a Saudi contributor to The Washington Post, was killed…

Mattis faces criticism after comments in Khashoggi case

WASHINGTON: US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, who has enjoyed a level of bipartisan support rarely seen in Washington, is facing mounting public criticism amid the fallout from the slaying of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. The fresh scrutiny of Mattis, often portrayed at home and abroad as a trusted steward of US values during the turbulent times of President Donald Trump, comes on the heels of his implementation of a controversial military order to place troops on the US-Mexico border, a move critics slammed as a…

Arrest of two Saudi crown prince allies sought over Khashoggi murder

ISTANBUL: A Turkish prosecutor has demanded that arrest warrants be issued against two Saudi nationals close to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman over the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, a Turkish source close to the investigation said Wednesday. Khashoggi, 59, was killed shortly after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2 to obtain paperwork for his upcoming marriage. The chief prosecutor's office in Istanbul filed an application Tuesday to obtain the warrants for Ahmad al-Assiri and Saud…

UK PM May says plans to speak to Saudi crown prince on Khashoggi, Yemen

BUENOS AIRES: British Prime Minister Theresa May plans to raise the killing of Jamal Khashoggi and the situation in Yemen with Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman at the G20 summit in Argentina, she said on Thursday. The visit by the prince, the kingdom’s de facto ruler, to the summit of industrialized nations is fraught with controversy over the killing of Saudi journalist Khashoggi in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul in October. The killing of the Washington Post columnist, a critic of the crown prince,…

Khashoggi murder: A timeline of events since the Saudi journalist’s killing

Here is a timeline of events since the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in the kingdom's Istanbul consulate on October 2. 'Murdered' The Washington Post contributor is recorded on camera entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2. His fiancee Hatice Cengiz waits until the consulate closes, but he does not emerge. She says he went there to collect a document for their upcoming marriage. The following day, the Post reports that the veteran journalist is missing. On October 4, Saudi Arabia says…

Once feted, Saudi crown prince faces cold shoulder abroad

RIYADH: Once feted on the world stage, Saudi Arabia's powerful crown prince faces the cold shoulder abroad as he struggles to shrug off the lingering stigma of a critical journalist's murder. Prince Mohammed bin Salman has been on an Arab tour before he attends the Group of 20 summit in Argentina on Friday, where he faces world leaders who have strongly condemned Jamal Khashoggi’s killing last month in the kingdom's Istanbul consulate. The country's de facto ruler has brushed aside the international pressure,…

Turkey says Saudi prince has asked to meet Erdogan at G20

BERLIN/ISTANBUL: Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said in an interview published on Tuesday that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman had asked for a meeting with Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan and that there was currently no reason not to meet him. “Yes, he has asked Erdogan on the phone, whether they could meet in Buenos Aires. Erdogan’s answer was ‘Let’s see’,” Cavusoglu told Germany’s Sueddeutsche Zeitung newspaper. Erdogan and Prince Mohammed will attend the G20 meeting in Argentina later this week. “At…

Saudi Arabia pumps record amount of oil as Trump piles on pressure

DHAHRAN: Saudi Arabia raised oil production to an all-time high in November, an industry source said on Monday, as US President Donald Trump piled pressure on the kingdom to refrain from production cuts at an OPEC meeting next week. The meeting, at which OPEC members will consider how to arrest a decline in oil prices, comes days after leaders of top global oil producers - Russian President Vladimir Putin, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Trump - travel to Argentina for a G20 summit this week. Saudi Arabia…

Saudi crown prince to start visit to Egypt on Monday: MENA

CAIRO:  Saudi Arabia’s crown prince was due to arrive in Egypt on Monday for a two-day visit, state news agency MENA reported, part of his first trip abroad since the murder of prominent Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is due to hold talks with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi “dealing with bilateral relations between the two brotherly countries ... as well as some political files of shared interest”, MENA said. Prince Mohammed has visited the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain…