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Khashoggi murder tapes do not implicate crown prince: Bolton

Khashoggi murder tapes do not implicate crown prince: BoltonAudio linked to Jamal Khashoggi’s murder inside Saudi Arabia’s Istanbul consulate does not implicate Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, US National Security Advisor John Bolton said Tuesday, citing others who have heard the tapes. Turkey has previously said it shared recordings linked to the murder of Khashoggi — a Saudi dissident and fierce critic of the crown prince — with officials in Riyadh, Washington and other capitals. Khashoggi was last seen entering the consulate on October 2 to obtain documents for his forthcoming marriage.



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Plane Carrying Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Forced to Abort Landing in Sydney

Plane Carrying Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Forced to Abort Landing in SydneyA plane carrying the Duke and Duchess of Sussex had to abort its landing at Sydney airport because there was another aircraft on the runway



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Saudi Crown Prince calls murder of Jamal Khashoggi 'painful' and 'heinous' as he vows justice will be served

Saudi Crown Prince calls murder of Jamal Khashoggi 'painful' and 'heinous' as he vows justice will be servedSaudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has called the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi "heinous" and vowed to bring the perpetrators to justice, in his first public address since the death. The prince spoke at the Future Investment Initiative conference in the Saudi capital of Riyadh to a packed auditorium, which had waited patiently to hear whether he would comment on one of the kingdom's worst scandals in recent history. Prince Mohammed called the death of the Washington Post columnist “painful for both the Saudi people and the world”, but claimed it was being exploited by some to drive a wedge between Saudi and Turkey. “I want to send them a message: They will not be able to do that as long as there is a king called King Salman bin Abdulaziz and a crown prince called Mohammed bin Salman in Saudi Arabia, and a president in Turkey called Erdogan,” said the prince, who was part of a panel discussing economic reforms in the region. The heir-apparent said the two countries would work together to bring the perpetrators to court, without addressing accusations he ordered the killing of one of his most prominent critics. To add to the oddity of the event, Prince Mohammed appeared on stage alongside Lebanese prime minister-designate Saad Hariri, whom he is accused of kidnapping and forcing to resign live on air from Riyadh last year in an apparent disagreement over growing Iranian influence in Lebanon. He joked that Mr Hariri would only be staying in the kingdom for two days this time.  The Saudis have tried to portray business as usual at the forum – viewed as the jewel in the crown prince's Vision 2030 plan for the country. Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Jordan's King Abdullah II ibn Al Hussein attend the investment conference in Riyadh Credit: Reuters Prince Mohammed claimed during his address that the country's growth would be much better in 2019 than this year, as kingdom begins to see through his plans to diversify away from oil. To a standing ovation, MBS, as he is nicknamed, said economic transformation in Saudi would "restore the Middle East to its past glory". But missing from the audience were Western politicians, top world bankers and company executives, who declined to attend in an attempt to distance themselves from the saga. Saudi has tried to reassure foreign banks who have chosen to boycott the forum that they would not be penalised. Beyond the conference, the drip-drip of revelations in the case has tested ties between Saudi and its traditional Western allies. While US President Donald Trump has offered a degree of protection to the 33-year-old crown prince, it appeared today that this would not be unconditional. President Trump said in an interview with the Wall Street Journal published late on Tuesday that Prince Mohammed bore ultimate responsibility for the operation that led to Khashoggi's killing.  Jamal Khashoggi was killed on Oct 2 in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul  Credit: PA In his toughest comments yet, Mr Trump she he wanted to believe the prince when he said that lower level officials were to blame for the killing at the Saudi mission. But he suggested responsibility lay higher up: "Well, the prince is running things over there more so at this stage. He's running things and so if anybody were going to be, it would be him." An adviser to Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Prince Mohammed had "blood on his hands" over Khashoggi, the bluntest language yet from someone linked to Turkey's president. Mr Erdogan himself kept up his pressure on Saudi Arabia on Wednesday. "We are determined not to allow the murder to be covered up and for those responsible – from the person who gave the order to those who executed it – not to escape justice," he said. On Wednesday, Saudi officials finally granted permission to Turkish police to search a well in the garden of the Saudi consulate in Istanbul as part of their investigation. The well was at centre of speculation yesterday that it may contain body parts belonging to the journalist.



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Saudi crown prince to make first speech since Khashoggi murder

Saudi crown prince to make first speech since Khashoggi murderSaudi Arabia’s crown prince is scheduled to address an investment forum in Riyadh Wednesday, his first public speech since the murder of critic Jamal Khashoggi plunged the kingdom into crisis. Organisers of the glitzy flagship Future Investment Initiative listed Prince Mohammed bin Salman among the “top speakers” for the second day of the three-day conference, after he made a brief appearance on Tuesday. The crown prince is likely to appear on a panel alongside Lebanon’s prime minister-designate Saad Hariri, whose resignation in a televised address from the Saudi capital in mysterious circumstances last year sparked rumours he was being held against his will.



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Saudi crown prince jokes Lebanon PM 'not kidnapped'

Saudi crown prince jokes Lebanon PM 'not kidnapped'Riyadh (AFP) – Saudi Arabia's crown prince on Wednesday joked about allegations that Lebanon's premier-designate Saad Hariri was detained in the kingdom last year, saying he hoped his current visit does not spark "abduction" rumours.



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Saudi prince has 'blood on his hands' over Khashoggi: Erdogan adviser

Saudi prince has 'blood on his hands' over Khashoggi: Erdogan adviserAn adviser to Turkey’s leader said on Wednesday Saudi Arabia’s crown prince had “blood on his hands” over Jamal Khashoggi’s killing, the bluntest comments yet from someone linked to Tayyip Erdogan about Riyadh’s de facto ruler in connection with the death. Saudi authorities did not immediately respond to a Reuters request for comment about the remarks. Riyadh has blamed a “rogue operation” for the death of the prominent Saudi journalist, and said Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman had no knowledge of the killing.



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Smiles, selfies as Saudi crown prince attends investment forum amid 'crisis'

Smiles, selfies as Saudi crown prince attends investment forum amid 'crisis'Saudi Arabia’s powerful crown prince appeared Tuesday at a glitzy investment forum boycotted by a host of global business leaders, as the petro-state admitted it is facing a “crisis” after the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman smiled and took selfies with cheering delegates during his 15-minute appearance on the opening day of the three-day Future Investment Initiative (FII), which is aiming to project the historically insular Gulf kingdom as a lucrative business destination. The conference, nicknamed “Davos in the desert”, has been overshadowed by the outcry over the murder of Khashoggi inside the kingdom’s consulate in Istanbul on October 2, with a string of leading international investors pulling out over the case.



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Jamal Khashoggi's Son Meets Saudi King And Crown Prince In Disgraceful Photo Op

Jamal Khashoggi's Son Meets Saudi King And Crown Prince In Disgraceful Photo OpOfficials in Saudi Arabia summoned Salah Khashoggi, the eldest son of the late



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Saudi Arabia: storms and reforms under new crown prince

Saudi Arabia: storms and reforms under new crown princeMohammed bin Salman became crown prince of Saudi Arabia in June last year, shaking up the ultra-conservative oil giant with economic, social and religious reforms. On June 21, 2017, King Salman names his 31-year-old son, Mohammed, as crown prince, displacing the king’s nephew Prince Mohammed bin Nayef as heir to the throne. Widely known as MBS, Prince Mohammed retains his role as defence minister.



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Khashoggi criticizes Saudi prince in newly released interview

Khashoggi criticizes Saudi prince in newly released interviewSaudi critic Jamal Khashoggi criticized Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s “authoritarian rule” shortly before his death, in an interview published following confirmation he died at the kingdom’s Istanbul consulate. Speaking off the record to a Newsweek journalist working on a story about the Saudi leadership, he insisted he did not view himself as “an opposition” — he just wanted “a better Saudi Arabia”. “I’m not calling for the overthrow of the regime, because I know it’s not possible and is too risky, and there is no one to overthrow the regime,” Khashoggi said.



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