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Canada mulls over cancelling Saudi arms deal over Khashoggi murder, Yemen

MONTREAL: Canada is looking into ways to cancel a giant 2014 weapons deal with Saudi Arabia, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Sunday, as criticism mounts over the kingdom’s role in the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi and the Riyadh-led war in Yemen. Trudeau had earlier said that it would be “extremely difficult” to withdraw from the contract, signed by the previous conservative administration, “without Canadians paying exorbitant penalties.” But as evidence emerged of direct Saudi involvement in…

Trump says standing by Saudi crown prince despite pleas from Senate

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump said on Tuesday that he stood by Saudi Arabia’s crown prince despite a CIA assessment that he ordered the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi and pleas from US senators for Trump to condemn the kingdom’s de facto ruler. Trump refused to comment on whether Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was complicit in the murder, but he provided perhaps his most explicit show of support for the prince since Khashoggi’s death more than two months ago. “He’s the leader of Saudi Arabia. They’ve…

Saudi ambassador, brother of crown prince, returns to Washington

WASHINGTON: The Saudi ambassador to the United States Khalid bin Salman, brother of the powerful crown prince, has returned to Washington after leaving the US capital in the wake of the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, an official said Wednesday. "His Royal Highness the Ambassador is in Washington" embassy spokeswoman Fatimah Baeshen told AFP. The diplomat returned to Riyadh in early October shortly after the killing of the dissident Saudi journalist at the kingdom´s consulate in Istanbul. At the time, the US…

‘Zero’ doubt Saudi crown prince directed Khashoggi murder: GOP senators

Two key US Republican senators said Tuesday after a briefing by the CIA's director that they have "zero" doubt Saudi Arabia's crown prince directed the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. The explosive new declarations by members of President Donald Trump's own party run counter to the White House narrative downplaying possible links between Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and the October killing of journalist and palace critic Khashoggi at the kingdom's Istanbul consulate. "I have zero question in my mind that the…

CIA chief to brief lawmakers on Khashoggi murder: report

WASHINGTON: CIA director Gina Haspel has agreed to brief Senate leaders on what the agency knows about the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, The Wall Street Journal reported Monday. The briefing will take place on Tuesday, the Journal said, after the Central Intelligence Agency failed to take part when Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis spoke to senators on the issue last week. Further details of the briefing were not available, and the CIA would not confirm or deny whether it…

Saudi prince was in constant touch with Khashoggi hit-squad boss: WSJ report

In the hours leading up to journalist Jamal Khashoggi's brutal killing, Saudi Arabia's crown prince sent at least 11 messages to his closest advisor who was charged with overseeing the murder, the Wall Street Journal said Saturday quoting a CIA assessment. Mohammed bin Salman also told associates in August last year that if he failed to persuade Khashoggi to return to Saudi Arabia, “we could possibly lure him outside Saudi Arabia and make arrangements” — a communication the Central Intelligence Agency said “seems to…