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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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Russia vows no safe passage for Syria jihadists in Idlib

Russia vows no safe passage for Syria jihadists in IdlibRussia on Friday warned it will not allow jihadists in Syria to be sent to Afghanistan or elsewhere under a deal reached with Turkey that averted a large-scale military assault on rebel-held Idlib province. Under the deal, Turkey agreed to separate opposition fighters from hardline jihadists who belong to groups branded as terrorists by the United Nations, but the fate of those extremists remains uncertain.



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Wails, vows of revenge at Iran funeral after parade attack

Wails, vows of revenge at Iran funeral after parade attackAHVAZ, Iran (AP) — Amid wails and vows of revenge, thousands of Iranians on Monday attended a mass funeral service for victims of a weekend attack targeting a military parade that killed at least 25 people.



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Iran vows 'crushing response' after gunmen kill 29 at army parade

Iran vows 'crushing response' after gunmen kill 29 at army paradeIranian President Hassan Rouhani vowed a “crushing” response after assailants sprayed a crowd with gunfire, shooting dead at least 29 people including women and children Saturday at a military parade near the Iraqi border. The Islamic State (IS) group claimed responsibility for the rare assault in the southwestern city of Ahvaz, while Iranian officials blamed “a foreign regime” backed by the United States. A local journalist who witnessed the attack said shots rang out for 10 to 15 minutes and that at least one of the assailants, armed with a Kalashnikov assault rifle, wore the uniform of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards.



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Kim Jong Un Will Visit Seoul In 'Near Future,' Vows To Dismantle Missile Site

Kim Jong Un Will Visit Seoul In 'Near Future,' Vows To Dismantle Missile SiteNorth Korean leader Kim Jong Un said Wednesday that he planned to visit Seoul,



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Iran vows to protect civilians in Syria's Idlib province

Iran vows to protect civilians in Syria's Idlib provinceIran said Monday it is committed to protecting civilians if its Syrian regime ally launches a full-scale offensive on the country’s last rebel stronghold of Idlib province. “The humanitarian issue is of significant importance to us,” foreign ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi told journalists in Tehran. Tehran is a key backer of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in the country’s seven-year conflict, and has said it is ready to support an assault by regime forces on the rebel-held province.



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GoFundMe Vows To Give Homeless Vet $400,000 He's Owed From Campaign

GoFundMe Vows To Give Homeless Vet $  400,000 He's Owed From CampaignJohnny Bobbitt, the homeless veteran who used his last $ 20 to help a stranded



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China's Didi vows to prioritise safety over growth after murder of passenger

China's Didi vows to prioritise safety over growth after murder of passengerChina’s dominant ride-hailing firm Didi Chuxing Technology Co Ltd said on Tuesday it would prioritise safety over growth as a measure of success after a 20-year-old passenger was murdered by her Didi driver last week. The case sparked outrage on social media and concerns over safety issues in the fast-growing ride-hailing sector in China, prompting Didi to say that it would suspend its Hitch service indefinitely until it comes up with a safety mechanism acceptable to its users. “The tragedy reminded us we have walked this path without enough respect or humility,” Didi founder Cheng Wei and President Jean Liu said in an emailed statement.



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China's Didi vows to prioritize safety over growth after murder of passenger

China's Didi vows to prioritize safety over growth after murder of passengerThe case sparked outrage on social media and concerns over safety issues in the fast-growing ride-hailing sector in China, prompting Didi to say that it would suspend its Hitch service indefinitely until it comes up with a safety mechanism acceptable to its users. “The tragedy reminded us we have walked this path without enough respect or humility,” Didi founder Cheng Wei and President Jean Liu said in an emailed statement. Didi will make upgrades to safety products like its SOS button and itinerary share function, and plans to work closely with China’s law enforcement agencies to, among other things, set up a system to allow its passengers to call the police during any threats of danger, it said.



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New Charlottesville mayor vows to keep pushing ‘until it’s done right’

New Charlottesville mayor vows to keep pushing ‘until it’s done right’“Everybody’s gotta be open to pushing until it’s done, until it’s done well, until it’s done right.”



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