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US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called for a 'new era of cooperation' [Petr David Josek-AP]

Mike Pompeo: US backs Saudi Arabia’s ‘right to defend itself’

Following a meeting with Saudi Arabia’s powerful crown prince, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the United States supports Riyadh’s “right to defend itself” and said Washington would not tolerate Iran’s “threatening behavior.”
Donald Trump holds a chart highlighting arms sales to Saudi Arabia during a meeting with the crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, at the White House, on 20 March 2018. Evan Vucci-AP

US Senate blocks arms sales to Saudi Arabia

The US Senate – in a rare bipartisan move – has voted to block arms sales to Saudi Arabia, strongly wanted by President Donald Trump in recent months, for a total value of eight billion dollars.
Salah Khashoggi, the eldest son of Jamal Khashoggi, meets Crown Prinice Mohammed bin Salman in a staged encounter.

Report: Saudi Arabia gives Jamal Khashoggi’s children homes, money

Saudi Arabia has given the four children of slain journalist Jamal Khashoggi's children "million-dollar houses" and "monthly five-figure payments" as compensation for the killing of their father, the Washington Post reported.
A handout picture provided by the Saudi Royal Palace on November 19, 2018, shows Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman attending a speech given by his father, King Salman bin Abdulaziz while addressing the Shura council, a top advisory body, in the capital Riyadh. (Photo by Bandar AL-JALOUD / Saudi Royal Palace / AFP) /

Report: Leaked documents reveal abuse of Saudi prisoners

Saudi political prisoners suffered torture and malnutrition, according to leaked medical reports prepared for King Salman, the Guardian newspaper has revealed.
Saudi Arabia hacked the phone of Amazon chief executive Jeff Bezos, the world's richest man, to gain access to his personal data, said an investigator.

Saudis ‘had access’ to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos’ phone – investigator

Saudi Arabia hacked the phone of Amazon chief executive Jeff Bezos, the world's richest man, to gain access to his personal data, said an investigator.
(FILES) In this file photo taken on December 15, 2014, general manager of Alarab TV, Jamal Khashoggi, looks on during a press conference in the Bahraini capital Manama. - US President Donald Trump said October 11, 2018 he was not yet prepared to limit arms sales to Saudi Arabia over journalist Jamal Khashoggi's disappearance, but he faced mounting pressure from concerned American lawmakers. Saudi Arabia is one of the world's largest arms purchasers, with most of them coming from the United States.Khashoggi, a contributor to The Washington Post, vanished more than a week ago during a visit to the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. Turkish government sources say he was murdered there, a claim Riyadh denies. (Photo by MOHAMMED AL-SHAIKH / AFP)

US firm returns $400 million fund to Saudi Arabia over Jamal Khashoggi murder

United States talent agency Endeavor has returned a $400m investment fund to Saudi Arabia and cancelled its contract with the kingdom over the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, the New York Times reported.
In this handout photograph taken on February 17, 2019 and released by Pakistan’s Press Information Department (PID), Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan (R) and Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (L) smile as they look at their delegation members during a signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) at the Prime Minister House in Islamabad. – Pakistan was set to confer its highest civilian honour on the Saudi Crown Prince on February 18, a day after he signed investment deals worth $20 billion in the cash-strapped country — his first stop on a high-profile Asian tour. (Photo by HANDOUT / PID / AFP) /

Saudi vows to ‘de-escalate’ India-Pakistan tensions after Kashmir attack

Saudi Arabia vowed to “de-escalate” rising tensions between Pakistan and India during a high-profile summit in Islamabad Monday as Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman prepares to travel from Islamabad to New Delhi.
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman will be conferred with Pakistan's highest civilian honour a day after signing $20bn in investment deals with the South Asian country.

Pakistan to honour Saudi crown prince with highest civilian award

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman will be conferred with Pakistan's highest civilian honour a day after signing $20bn in investment deals with the South Asian country.
Saudi officials say they don't know where Jamal Khashoggi's remains are despite having suspects in custody [Osman Orsal-Reuters]

Adel Al-Jubeir: We’ll investigate Jamal Khashoggi murder on our own

Saudi Arabia does not need a UN or international investigation into the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi because its "competent legal system" can handle the matter, said its minister of state for foreign affairs.
(FILES) In this file photo taken on December 15, 2014, general manager of Alarab TV, Jamal Khashoggi, looks on during a press conference in the Bahraini capital Manama. - US President Donald Trump said October 11, 2018 he was not yet prepared to limit arms sales to Saudi Arabia over journalist Jamal Khashoggi's disappearance, but he faced mounting pressure from concerned American lawmakers. Saudi Arabia is one of the world's largest arms purchasers, with most of them coming from the United States.Khashoggi, a contributor to The Washington Post, vanished more than a week ago during a visit to the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. Turkish government sources say he was murdered there, a claim Riyadh denies. (Photo by MOHAMMED AL-SHAIKH / AFP)

Top Republican blasts White House over Jamal Khashoggi update failure

A senior Republican representative has lashed out at the administration of US President Donald Trump over its failure to provide an update on the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
Morocco has suspended its participation in the Saudi-led military coalition's fight against Yemen's Houthi rebels, government officials have said.

Morocco suspends participation in Saudi-led war in Yemen

Morocco has suspended its participation in the Saudi-led military coalition's fight against Yemen's Houthi rebels, government officials have said.
The fiancée of slain Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi has announced the publication of a memoir in which she discusses the work and legacy of the famed critic. [Hatice Cengiz]

Jamal Khashoggi’s fiancee publishes book in memory of slain journalist

The fiancée of slain Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi has announced the publication of a memoir in which she discusses the work and legacy of the famed critic.
Turkey has said it is planning to launch an international investigation into the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi and will take further steps in the coming days.

UN team probing Jamal Khashoggi killing to arrive in Turkey

UN investigators carrying out the probe of the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi arrive in Istanbul on Monday and will seek to enter Saudi Arabia's consulate where he was dismembered by a "kill team".
(FILES) In this file photo taken on December 15, 2014, general manager of Alarab TV, Jamal Khashoggi, looks on during a press conference in the Bahraini capital Manama. - US President Donald Trump said October 11, 2018 he was not yet prepared to limit arms sales to Saudi Arabia over journalist Jamal Khashoggi's disappearance, but he faced mounting pressure from concerned American lawmakers. Saudi Arabia is one of the world's largest arms purchasers, with most of them coming from the United States.Khashoggi, a contributor to The Washington Post, vanished more than a week ago during a visit to the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. Turkish government sources say he was murdered there, a claim Riyadh denies. (Photo by MOHAMMED AL-SHAIKH / AFP)

Jamal Khashoggi inquiry seeks access to Saudi consulate, kingdom

A United Nations human rights investigator leading an international inquiry into the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi said on Saturday she requested access to Saudi Arabia's consulate in Istanbul, and to visit the kingdom.
Saud al-Qahtani

Report: Saudi royal aide fired over Khashoggi murder still wields influence

A Saudi royal advisor fired over the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi continues to wield influence in Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s inner circle, according to Saudi source with links to the royal court.
Mike Pompeo

Mike Pompeo: US to pull forces from Syria, continue fight against Islamic State

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the United States would withdraw its troops from Syria while continuing to finish the battle against ISIL.
Mevlut Cavusoglu attended the 18th Doha Forum on December 15 and 16 in Qatar [Cem Ozdel-Anadolu]

Turkey: EU countries turning blind eye to Khashoggi murder

Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu has said that many European countries are ignoring the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
Saudi Arabia's King Salman met Tunisia's Prime Minister Youssef Chahed [Bandar Algaloud-Saudi Royal Court-Reuters]

Saudi Arabia pledges Tunisia $830 million of financial aid

Saudi Arabia has pledged financial aid to Tunisia worth about $830m, Tunisian Prime Minister Youssef Chahed has said.

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