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Jared Kushner Does Not 'Dispute' Saudis Behind Jamal Khashoggi's Death

Jared Kushner Does Not 'Dispute' Saudis Behind Jamal Khashoggi's DeathKushner said he urged the Crown Prince to “be as transparent as possible”



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Empire executives suspend Jussie Smollett and say his character Jamal will not appear in final two episodes

Empire executives suspend Jussie Smollett and say his character Jamal will not appear in final two episodesJussie Smollett's character Jamal will not appear in the final two episodes of Empire, the Fox show's executive producers have said. Smollett has been charged with filing a false police report after alleging he had been the victim of a racist and homophobic attack, authorities have said. Police in Chicago had earlier said the 36-year-old actor was being considered as a suspect in the case and have now confirmed charges have been brought against him. He has been charged by Cook County State's Attorney's Office with disorderly conduct and filing a false police report. Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said detectives are now looking to arrest Smollett. In a statement, Fox said: "The events of the past few weeks have been incredibly emotional for all of us. Jussie has been an important member of our Empire family for the past five years and we care about him deeply. "While these allegations are very disturbing, we are placing our trust in the legal system as the process plays out. "We are also aware of the effects of this process on the cast and crew members who work on our show, and to avoid further disruption on set we have decided to remove the role of Jamal from the final two episodes of the season." Jussie Smollett's mugshot Lawyers acting on behalf of Smollett have said they will mount an "aggressive defence" to the charges. Lawyers Todd Pugh and Victor Henderson said in a statement: "Like any other citizen, Mr Smollett enjoys the presumption of innocence, particularly when there has been an investigation like this one where information, both true and false, has been repeatedly leaked. "Given these circumstances, we intend to conduct a thorough investigation and to mount an aggressive defence." It did not say where Smollett is and when he might turn himself in to police. The charges emerged on the same day that detectives and two brothers who were earlier deemed suspects testified before a grand jury. The announcement that charges had been made followed weeks of speculation around the investigation and lengthy interviews of the brothers by authorities, a search of their home and their release after police cleared them. Investigators have not said what the brothers told detectives or what evidence detectives collected. On Friday, it became clear the focus of the investigation had shifted when police announced a "significant shift in the trajectory" of the probe after the brothers were freed. If found guilty of the Class 4 felony, Smollett faces a prison sentence of between one to three years, but could also receive probation. Smollett had alleged he had been attacked by two masked men in downtown Chicago on January 29, telling police his attackers had shouted racist and homophobic abuse and tied a noose around his neck. Jussie Smollett as his character Jamal in Empire Credit: Chuck Hodes/Fox Smollett, who is black and came out as gay in 2015, made a tearful appearance on Good Morning America this month and said he had been "forever changed" by the alleged attack. He said: "I will never be the man who this didn't happen to. "I am forever changed and I don't subscribe to the idea that everything happens for a reason, but I do subscribe to the idea that we have the right and responsibility to make something meaningful out of the things that happen to us, good and bad." Asked what message he wanted to send by speaking about the attack, he replied: "I want young people, young members of the LGTBQ community, young black children, to know how strong they are, to know the power they hold in their little pinky." Smollett has starred in musical drama Empire since 2015. He plays Jamal, the gay son of a music mogul, played by Terrence Howard. Fox, the network which airs Empire, said it had no comment to add.



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Secretary of State Pompeo to press Saudi Arabia to provide a 'credible narrative' on Jamal Khashoggi's murder

Secretary of State Pompeo to press Saudi Arabia to provide a 'credible narrative' on Jamal Khashoggi's murderCritics don't expect a forceful reprimand of the Saudis from Pompeo. Some experts said the real audience for his message on Khashoggi may be Congress.



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US military confirms airstrike killed USS Cole bombing suspect Jamal al-Badawi in Yemen

US military confirms airstrike killed USS Cole bombing suspect Jamal al-Badawi in YemenOn Oct. 12, 2000, two suicide bombers drove a small boat loaded with explosives into the hull of the USS Cole, killing 17 sailors.



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Jamal Khashoggi’s Body Was Drained Of All Blood Before Medical Expert Dismembered Him, New Report Claims

Jamal Khashoggi’s Body Was Drained Of All Blood Before Medical Expert Dismembered Him, New Report ClaimsJamal Khashoggi’s body was brought to a sink and drained of blood immediately after he was murdered so he could be more easily dismembered, a gruesome new report claims. The murder of the Washington Post journalist has still been shrouded in some mystery as his body has never been found, but a new report from Turkey’s Hurriyet Daily News claims that one of the members of the team of Saudi agents that killed Khashoggi had a very detailed plan to dismember and dispose of the body.



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Explosive New Report Says CIA Has Taped Recording Of Saudi Crown Prince Ordering Jamal Khashoggi’s Killing

Explosive New Report Says CIA Has Taped Recording Of Saudi Crown Prince Ordering Jamal Khashoggi’s KillingIn a massive new twist to the saga surrounding the brutal murder of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi, a bombshell new report in a Turkish newspaper now claims that the CIA finally has the evidence it needs to implicate Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of murder, according to Haaretz. Ever since the killing of Khashoggi in Istanbul’s Saudi embassy in early October, Turkish media has steadily published reports accusing the Saudi administration of carrying out the execution. While Saudi Arabia denied any knowledge of the killing and pleaded innocence initially, the constant barrage of growing evidence has meant that it has had to alter its position on the killing.



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Trump Thanks Saudi Arabia For Low Gas Prices After Jamal Khashoggi's Killing

Trump Thanks Saudi Arabia For Low Gas Prices After Jamal Khashoggi's KillingPresident Donald Trump on Wednesday thanked Saudi Arabia for the declining



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Jamal Khashoggi's final moments caught on leaked tape recording

Jamal Khashoggi's final moments caught on leaked tape recordingA transcript of a tape recording of murdered Saudi Arabian journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s final minutes has been leaked, in which one of the alleged killers is heard calling him a “traitor”. The 11-minute audio, the contents of which are revealed for the first time, was released on Monday evening by Turkish news website Haberturk. "Let my hand go. Who do you think you are? Why are you doing this?" the report quotes Khashoggi as saying, as  several members of an alleged 15-man “hit squad” accost him as soon as he enters the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on Oct 2. "You traitor! Your day of judgment has come!" a man alleged to be Maher Mutreb, the suspected oordinator of the mission who worked for some time in the kingdom’s embassy in London, is quoted as replying to the Washington Post columnist. Khashoggi and four members of the squad are heard quarrelling for at least seven minutes before the audio goes quiet. Maher Abdulaziz Mutreb, named by Turkish officials as one of 15 Saudi suspects in the suspected killing of Jamal Khashoggi, is seen (circled). In a still image from surveillance camera footage Credit: AP The report adds that a later recording captures another “hitman”, Mustafa al-Madani, who was used as a body double to Khashoggi, saying: "It's really creepy that I am wearing the clothes of someone who was killed minutes ago." He is also reportedly heard saying that Khashoggi's shoes are too tight for his feet. In CCTV video footage taken from the back entrance of the consulate Madani is seen several hours after the murder wearing Khashoggi’s clothes but with his own trainers. The tapes have been leaked by the Turkish government to a number of local media outlets, however none have published the reportedly gruesome audio. Devlet Bahceli, a politician in Turkey’s main nationalist party, warned on Tuesday that “the circle is tightening” around Saudi's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. CNN pictures body double Saudi had apparently employed. Man with fake beard and wearing same clothes as Khashoggi caught on CCTV leaving the consulate Credit: CNN They have been played to a number of Saudi’s allies, including the US and the UK.  Gina Haspel, CIA Director, has listened to them, but President Donald Trump revealed on Sunday that he did not want to listen to them himself. "It was very violent, very vicious and terrible," he said. Over the weekend, the US president called reports that Prince Mohammed ordered the killing "premature." He said that it was "possible" and that it was also possible that people will never know the truth. Mr Trump faces increasing pressure to take tougher measures against Riyadh, amid a growing consensus that the crown prince, who has unchallenged power in the ultraconservative kingdom, must have known about the operation. France's top diplomat said Monday that his country was mulling sanctions against Saudi Arabia. Germany on Monday announced that it has banned 18 Saudi nationals from entering Europe's border-free Schengen zone because of their suspected connections to the killing. German officials, who earlier banned new weapons exports to Riyadh, also said they are halting previously approved arms exports. Late last week, a bipartisan group of US senators introduced legislation that calls for suspending weapons sales to Saudi Arabia; sanctions on people who block humanitarian access in Yemen or support the Houthi rebels; and mandatory sanctions on those responsible for Khashoggi's death. "There must be a transparent, credible investigation into Khashoggi's murder," New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said in introducing the bill with two Democratic and three Republican colleagues.



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Jamal Khashoggi's Body Parts May Have Been Smuggled Out In Luggage, Says Turkish Official

Jamal Khashoggi's Body Parts May Have Been Smuggled Out In Luggage, Says Turkish OfficialThe dismembered body of journalist Jamal Khashoggi may have been transported



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CIA Determines Saudi Crown Prince Ordered Jamal Khashoggi’s Assassination

CIA Determines Saudi Crown Prince Ordered Jamal Khashoggi’s AssassinationCIA officials are certain that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered



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