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Jamal Khashoggi: Saudi journalist 'recorded his own torture and murder on Apple Watch', Turkish paper claims

Jamal Khashoggi: Saudi journalist 'recorded his own torture and murder on Apple Watch', Turkish paper claimsA missing Saudi journalist may have recorded the moments he was allegedly tortured and killed on his Apple Watch, a Turkish newspaper reported. Jamal Khashoggi, a critic of the Saudi government, went missing more than a week ago after he entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey. Turkish officials have said they believe the 59-year-old was murdered there by a 15-member Saudi “assassination squad”.



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Turkey 'has recordings of Jamal Khashoggi's torture and murder in Saudi consulate'

Turkey 'has recordings of Jamal Khashoggi's torture and murder in Saudi consulate'Turkish intelligence reportedly have audio and video recordings from inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul where Jamal Khashoggi’s Saudi captors can be heard interrogating, torturing, and ultimately murdering him.  US officials have been told by their Turkish counterparts that the recordings prove beyond doubt that the Saudi journalist was killed and dismembered by a team of Saudi operatives, according to the Washington Post.     Turkey has not released the recordings nor officially confirmed that they exist, although pro-government Turkish media has alluded to them several times in recent days. Saudi Arabia has vehemently denied that it was involved in Mr Khashoggi’s disappearance on October 2 and has insisted that he left the consulate safely after filing paperwork related to his upcoming marriage.  However, as anger towards Riyadh mounted in Washington and Turkish officials claimed to have comprehensive evidence of Saudi guilt, there were some indications the Saudi position may be shifting.  Turkey announced on Thursday that it had accepted a Saudi offer to form a joint investigation into the case, a sign of a possible thaw between the two sides after more than a week of standoff.  The Saudi ambassador to Washington, Khalid bin Salman, also abruptly returned home for consultations. “We expect some information when he gets back,” said Heather Nauert, spokeswoman for the US State Department.  The consul-general's residence, where police suspect the body may have been disposed of Credit: AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis On the recordings, the Saudi men can reportedly be heard questioning Mr Khashoggi in Arabic.   “You can hear how he was interrogated, tortured and then murdered,” one person told the Post.  The recordings also reportedly show that members of the 15-man squad went from the Saudi consulate building to the nearby residence of the Saudi consul-general.  Turkish investigators believe that Mr Khashoggi’s body may have been disposed of at the residence.  Turkish media reported that police were also interested in a Saudi diplomatic van which went for a long drive on the eastern side of Istanbul, where there is less CCTV coverage, on the day of the disappearance.   The fallout from the journalist’s disappearance continued to batter the reformist image of Mohammed bin Salman, the crown prince of Saudi Arabia, who has presented himself as a modernising force in the conservative kingdom.  Turkey has leaked CCTV footage of the Saudi team in Istanbul Credit: Sabah Newspaper / AFP Sir Richard Branson said he was suspending business dealings with the Saudi government until Mr Khashoggi’s fate is known.  “What has reportedly happened in Turkey around the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, if proved true, would clearly change the ability of any of us in the West to do business with the Saudi Government,” he said in a statement.  A number of high-profile media figures have pulled out of Crown Prince Mohammed’s annual conference, nicknamed “Davos in the Desert”, amid the allegations.  A tech executive and a former US energy secretary both stepped back from an advisory board on a new high-tech city Crown Prince Mohammed is building. 



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Newt Gingrich: Kavanaugh Is Being Put Through ‘Almost Like A Medieval Torture’

Newt Gingrich: Kavanaugh Is Being Put Through ‘Almost Like A Medieval Torture’Newt Gingrich, appearing on Fox News on Tuesday night, compared the sexual



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Texas executes man in the torture, drowning of ex-roommate

Texas executes man in the torture, drowning of ex-roommateHUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — A Texas inmate who taunted a jury to sentence him to death was executed Wednesday evening for torturing and drowning an East Texas woman in his bathtub and then stuffing her body into a barrel.



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Parents in California torture case ordered to stand trial: prosecutors

Parents in California torture case ordered to stand trial: prosecutorsA judge on Thursday ordered a married couple to stand trial on 49 counts of torture, false imprisonment and abuse over the treatment of 13 siblings who were found imprisoned and starving in their suburban California home, prosecutors said. David and Louise Turpin were bound over for trial after a two-day hearing in Riverside County Superior Court in which the court heard tape of an emotional 911 call by a 17-year-old girl who climbed out a window and dialed police on a borrowed and deactivated cell phone, said John Hall of the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office. Officers who went to the Turpins’ home in Perris, about 70 miles east of Los Angeles, found 12 siblings ranging in age from two to 29 inside, suffering from malnourishment, muscle wasting and other signs of severe abuse.



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Torture case: 911 audio reveals harrowing details of alleged child abuse

Torture case: 911 audio reveals harrowing details of alleged child abuseA 17-year-old girl, one of the 13 children held captive and tortured by her parents in California, told a 911 operator about the horrors she experienced. ABC News' Diane Macedo reports.



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US man sentenced to death for torture killing of 8-year-old

US man sentenced to death for torture killing of 8-year-oldA US man was sentenced to death on Thursday for the torture killing of his girlfriend’s eight-year-old son, who was beaten, starved and forced to sleep in a closet until his death in 2013. The boy’s mother, Pearl Sinthia Fernandez, was sentenced to life in prison for her role in the death of her son, Gabriel. The pair were arrested in 2013 after paramedics were called to a home in Palmdale, northeast of downtown Los Angeles, and found Gabriel unconscious and with a broken skull as well as broken ribs and BB pellets lodged in his groin.



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Special Forces soldier livestreams himself being waterboarded and claims it is not torture in support of Trump's CIA nominee

Special Forces soldier livestreams himself being waterboarded and claims it is not torture in support of Trump's CIA nomineeA US special forces soldier has livestreamed a video of him being waterboarded by his friends, as part of an effort to promote Donald Trump’s nominee to head the CIA. The president wants acting CIA director Gina Haspel to take leadership of America’s preeminent intelligence agency from Mike Pompeo, who was recently confirmed as his new secretary of state. There is considerable opposition to Ms Haspel’s confirmation by the senate because of her previous role overseeing “black sites” during George W Bush’s so-called war on terror, in which water-boarding and other methods many consider to be torture, were used to interrogate prisoners.



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Gina Haspel Has Reignited the Torture Debate in America

Gina Haspel Has Reignited the Torture Debate in AmericaUntil a few days ago, few people, even in Washington, had heard of Gina Haspel. Now she is the talk of the town for her nomination to direct the Central Intelligence Agency. As the only member of Congress to have suffered torture, Sen. John McCain, emerged in the opening of the debate and regarding the Haspel nomination as the conscience of the nation on the question.



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Fox Cuts Ties With Guest Who Cited John McCain To Defend Torture

Fox Cuts Ties With Guest Who Cited John McCain To Defend TortureRetired Air Force Lt. Gen. Tom McInerney will no longer appear on Fox News or



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