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CIA Assessment that MBS Ordered Khashoggi Killing

The CIA has evidence that Mohammad bin Salman, the Saudi crown prince, communicated repeatedly with a key aide around the time that a team believed to have been under the aide’s command assassinated Jamal Khashoggi, according to former officials familiar with the intelligence. The adviser, Saud al-Qahtani, topped the list of Saudis who were targeted by American sanctions last month ...

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Trump not to meet with bin Salman at G20

US President Donald Trump will not formally meet with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman at an upcoming G20 summit in Argentina. “I know the president’s schedule is pretty packed and has a number of sessions that he will be involved in with the G20,” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said during a press briefing on Tuesday. “I ...

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Russia ‘to deploy new S-400 missiles

Russia has announced it will deploy new S-400 defense missile systems on the Crimean Peninsula amid a standoff initiated by Ukraine. Russia’s Defense Ministry said on Wednesday that it would deploy new S-400 surface-to-air missile systems on the Crimean Peninsula. On Sunday, Russia’s naval forces intercepted and seized three Ukrainian vessels after they illegally entered Russian waters off the coast ...

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Iran not seeking to start war with any country

Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei says Iran is not seeking war with any country, but the Armed Forces should develop their capabilities to deter any potential aggressor. Addressing the Navy’s commanders and officials on the occasion of the National Navy Day in Tehran on Wednesday, Ayatollah Khamenei said the Islamic Republic faced many enemies and competitors. “That reality – ...

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Saudi crown prince visits Tunisia

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is encountering something in Tunisia that he doesn’t see often: public anger. Amid international concern about the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, some 200 protesters gathered in central Tunis on Monday night to protest the prince’s Tuesday arrival for talks with the Tunisian president. A banner showing a doctored image of the prince ...

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US woman pleads guilty to bitcoin fraud to help IS

A Pakistani-born American woman has acknowledged her role in defrauding numerous financial institutions in a bitcoin scheme to help the militant Islamic State (IS) group. Prosecutors say Zoobia Shahnaz, a naturalised US citizen living on Long Island, pleaded guilty in federal court in Central Islip on Monday to providing material support to a foreign terrorist organisation. The 27-year-old was charged with ...

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IS attack on Kurdish, 200 dead in Syria

BEIRUT: A major attack by the IS in eastern Syria has killed 92 US-backed forces in three days while 51 civilians also died in the fighting, a war monitor said on Monday. It was the highest death toll the jihadist group has inflicted on the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in a single offensive, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights ...

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