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Khashoggi warns in last column of free rein to silence media

Khashoggi warns in last column of free rein to silence mediaWASHINGTON (AP) — The Washington Post has published a new column by missing Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi in which he warns that governments in the Middle East "have been given free rein to continue silencing the media at an increasing rate."



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Saudi Arabia agrees to Turkish police search of consulate as last known photo of Jamal Khashoggi emerges

Saudi Arabia agrees to Turkish police search of consulate as last known photo of Jamal Khashoggi emergesSaudi Arabia has agreed to let Turkish police search its consulate in Istanbul, Turkey said Tuesday, as a photograph emerged showing Jamal Khashoggi shortly before his disappearance.  The Turkish foreign ministry said Saudi Arabia would allow investigators into the consulate for the first time since Mr Khashoggi, a journalist critical of the Saudi government, disappeared last Tuesday.  Turkish officials have privately alleged that Mr Khashoggi was murdered and dismembered inside the consulate, although Ankara has not officially made the accusation.  Saudi Arabia has vehemently denied the charge and insists that Mr Khashoggi left the consulate safely last week after filing paperwork related to his upcoming marriage.  The Washington Post, where Mr Khashoggi wrote opinion articles, published a still CCTV image of the journalist going into the public entrance of the consulate. It is the last known picture of him. The image, apparently taken from a camera on a Turkish police guard post outside the consulate, is time stamped at 1.14pm on October 2, 2018.  Turkish officials have said that if Mr Khashoggi ever left the consulate he would have come out the same door and his exit would have been captured on the same camera.  The door which Mr Khashoggi entered before his disappearance Credit: Photo by Onur Coban/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the Turkish president, challenged Saudi Arabia to prove its claim that Mr Khashoggi ever left the consulate. "If he left, you have to prove it with footage,” he said.  Hatice Cengiz, Mr Khashoggi’s Turkish fiancee, was waiting outside the consulate gates and realised something had gone wrong when the consulate shut at 3.30pm and he still had not emerged.  Ms Cengiz said she was “not giving up hope” that Mr Khashoggi was still alive, despite the grisly reports in the Turkish media.    “I hope we will soon learn what happened to him, and I still have hope that he is alive. But I need to know, where is Jamal? I have to know what has happened to him,” she told The Washington Post.  Ms Cengiz said she was frustrated at how little information she had received from Turkish authorities but said ultimately it is “the responsibility of Saudi Arabia to explain and prove how Jamal exited and from where and when”.  Donald Trump, the US president, said he was “concerned” by the case amid widespread media attention in the US.  Mr Khashoggi's fiancee said she was still holding out hope that he was alive Credit: AP Photo/Hasan Jamali, File The US State Department later called on Saudi Arabia “to support a thorough investigation of Mr. Khashoggi's disappearance and to be transparent about the results of that investigation”.  Turkish investigators are focused on two private Gulfstream jets which landed in Istanbul on the day Mr Khashoggi disappeared, according to several pro-government Turkish newspapers.  One jet, carrying nine people, allegedly landed in the early hours of October 2. Its passengers checked into two hotels near the consulate and booked rooms until October 5. However, all nine apparently checked out the same day and returned to the airport, where they flew on to the UAE.      The second jet, carrying six people, reportedly landed later in the day. Its passengers went straight to the consulate and then left in the evening for Egypt. Both flights allegedly later returned to Riyadh.  Investigators reportedly believe that Mr Khashoggi’s body might have been smuggled out of the consulate in diplomatic vans and then carried onto one of the planes.  The details will add to pressure on the Saudi government to explain who the 15 Saudis were and what they were doing during their brief trip to Istanbul.   Meanwhile, the BBC published off-air audio from an interview Mr Khashoggi gave in London, three days before he disappeared. “I don’t think I will be able to go home,” he said, when asked whether he thought he could return to Saudi Arabia.   The BBC was criticised on social media for airing the recordings without Mr Khashoggi’s consent and before there is any definitive proof of his death. 



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Tsunami and quake survivors eat last bit of food and seethe

Tsunami and quake survivors eat last bit of food and seetheWANI, Indonesia (AP) — He survived the earthquake and tsunami, yet days have passed since. Taking refuge on the shaded porch of an empty house, Darjan didn't feel relief as he looked out at the mix of broken concrete and shattered lumber that littered the narrow street cutting through his village.



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Burt Reynolds' last cars to be sold at auction

Burt Reynolds' last cars to be sold at auctionThe very last cars Burt Reynolds' personally owned – including a 'Smokey and the Bandit' Trans Am – are headed to auction on September 29 during Barrett-Jackson's Las Vegas sale



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US-backed group in last push to defeat IS in northeast Syria

US-backed group in last push to defeat IS in northeast SyriaBEIRUT (AP) — A U.S.-backed Syrian fighting force said Tuesday it has begun the final stage of its campaign to clear Islamic State group militants from northeast Syria.



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Foreign fighters in Syria's Idlib face last stand

Foreign fighters in Syria's Idlib face last standHailing from far and wide, they flocked to Syria to wage “holy war”. Now foreign jihadists face a fight to the last to hold onto Idlib, their final bastion. Syrian troops, backed by Russia and Iran, have massed around the northwestern province ahead of an expected onslaught against the largest rebel-held zone left in the country.



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Democrats’ Last Chance At Stopping Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh

Democrats’ Last Chance At Stopping Supreme Court Nominee Brett KavanaughKavanaugh faces his biggest test this week: a panel of skeptical Democrats who plan to grill the appellate court judge.



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China says not putting pressure on Taiwan's last Africa ally

China says not putting pressure on Taiwan's last Africa allyChina has become increasingly vocal about its desire to win away the country, formerly known as Swaziland, from Taiwan, even as the eSwatini government has denounced Beijing for playing “mind games” and says it has no desire to ditch Taipei. Speaking at a news briefing, China’s special envoy for Africa, Xu Jinghu, said the issue of eSwatini and its lack of ties to Beijing was “an important question”, but it was up to them to take the initiative.



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Dog That Reportedly Lived Outside for 12 Years Treated to Bucket List in Last Days

Dog That Reportedly Lived Outside for 12 Years Treated to Bucket List in Last DaysWith just weeks to live, Miss Willie was given a bucket list with all the experiences she deserved.



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Secret Service Uses John McCain’s Old Code Name 1 Last Time In Touching Tribute

Secret Service Uses John McCain’s Old Code Name 1 Last Time In Touching TributeThe United States Secret Service isn't known for its emotional side, but the



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