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US appoints special investigor for Khashoggi case

Agnes Callamard, U.N. special rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, said on Thursday she will travel to Turkey next week to head an “independent international inquiry” into the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Callamard, in a statement to Reuters in Geneva, said that during the Jan. 28-Feb. 3 …

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Saudi Arabia denies it is reopening Damascus embassy

Saudi Arabia on Monday denied media reports that it was reopening its embassy in Damascus amid attempts by some Arab states, including ones that once backed rebels against President Bashar al-Assad, to reconcile with him. A source at the Saudi foreign ministry denied comments attributed to Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Assaf …

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Khashoggi remains may have been tracked

A Turkish pro-government television channel has broadcast video showing men carrying suitcases purportedly containing the remains of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi into the residence of his country’s consul general in Istanbul. The footage broadcast by A Haber shows men carrying what it says were a total of five cases through …

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Details of Saudi expansionary budget revealed

The Saudi Council of Ministers, chaired by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, has approved the largest budget in the Kingdom’s history with SAR1.106 trillion spending in 2019, approximately 7 percent higher than the projected expenditure by the end of the fiscal year …

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Saudi King pledges Vision 2030 economic reform pacakge

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman on Tuesday announced a 1.11 trillion Saudi riyal ($295 billion) budget, the kingdom’s biggest ever, and said the government will move ahead with economic reforms. “We are determined to go ahead with economic reform, achieving fiscal discipline, improving transparency and empowering the private sector,” he said …

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Yemeni government rejects UN control of Hodeidah

Yemen’s Saudi-backed government is willing to accept a U.N. role in Hodeidah’s seaport, a lifeline for millions of people during the country’s war, but not a long-term presence in the city itself, Foreign Minister Khalid al Yamani said on Monday. Mediator Martin Griffiths, who opened United Nations-sponsored peace talks between …

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