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One year on, Saudi struggles to turn page on Khashoggi murder

Sep 29, 2019 - 6:37 PM

The global fallout over the October 2, 2018 killing renders Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman a pariah, casting a shadow on his reforms and putting the kingdom's human rights record under the microscope

KILLED. File photo of a man passing in front of a screen showing Jamal Khashoggi during a commemoration event of Khashoggi's supporters on November 11, 2018 in Istanbul. Photo by Ozan Kose/AFP

U.N. Khashoggi report piles pressure on Saudi crown prince

Jun 21, 2019 - 7:05 AM

UN special rapporteur Agnes Callamard's report insists there is 'credible evidence' to warrant further investigation and financial sanctions against Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman over Khashoggi's murder last October

This combination of pictures created on June 20, 2019 shows a file photo taken on December 15, 2014 of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi (L) during a press conference in the Bahraini capital Manama and a file photo taken on April 12, 2018 of Saudi Arabia's crown prince Mohammed bin Salman poses at La Moncloa palace in Madrid. There is "credible evidence" linking Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to journalist Jamal Khashoggi's murder, a UN expert said on June 19, 2019 calling for sanctions on the prince's foreign assets. The conclusion was outlined in a report by the UN special rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, Agnes Callamard. Khashoggi, a Washington Post contributor and critic of Prince Mohammed, was murdered at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2. His dismembered body has not been found. Riyadh initially said it had no knowledge of his fate, but later blamed the murder on rogue agents.  MOHAMMED AL-SHAIKH, OSCAR DEL POZO / AFP

Saudi prince starts Asia tour with deals to invest $20B in Pakistan

Feb 18, 2019 - 7:13 AM

The Asia tour of Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman is a timely demonstration to the West that he still has friends in rising Asia

In this handout photograph taken and released by Pakistan's Press Information Department (PID) on February 17, 2019, Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan (R) greets Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (L) upon his arrival at the military Nur Khan Air Force base in Islamabad. The crown prince, widely known as "MBS", launched his diplomatic trip in the capital Islamabad, where he was set to sign a raft of investment deals believed to be worth billions that Pakistan hopes will provide welcome relief to its teetering economy. HANDOUT / PID / AFP

Ethiopia says billionaire al-Amoudi freed from Saudi jail

Jan 28, 2019 - 9:57 AM

Saudi billionaire Mohammed al-Amoudi, whose fortune was estimated by Forbes in 2017 at $8.3 billion, was arrested in November 2017 as part of a vast anti-corruption campaign

FREED. Saudi billionaire Mohammed al-Amoudi.

Saudi prosecutor seeks death sentences as Khashoggi murder trial opens

Jan 03, 2019 - 10:20 PM

(UPDATED) 'The public prosecutor... is seeking capital punishment for 5 of the defendants for their direct involvement in the murder,' the prosecution says in a statement

KILLED? This file photo taken on December 15, 2014, shows Jamal Khashoggi, a veteran Saudi journalist who has been critical towards the Saudi government and has gone missing after visiting the kingdom's consulate in Istanbul on October 2, 2018. Photo by Mohammed Al-Shaikh/AFP

Saudi Arabia seeks to boost intelligence oversight after Khashoggi murder

Dec 21, 2018 - 9:45 AM

A committee headed by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman approves the creation of 3 departments to ensure intelligence operations are in line with international human rights law and 'approved procedures'

A handout picture provided by the Saudi Royal Palace on December 13, 2017, shows Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz (R) and Saudi Crown Prince and Defence Minister Mohammed bin Salman (L) arriving for the opening of the shura council ordinary session in Riyadh. (Photo by BANDAR AL-JALOUD / Saudi Royal Palace / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / SAUDI ROYAL PALACE / BANDAR AL-JALOUD" - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

U.S. to give Saudis a pass even if Crown Prince behind murder

Nov 21, 2018 - 7:51 AM

'We may never know all of the facts surrounding the murder of Mr Jamal Khashoggi. In any case, our relationship is with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia,' says President Donald Trump

PARTNERS. In this file photo taken on March 20, 2018 US President Donald Trump (R) shakes hands with Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, DC. File photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

U.S. to make final conclusions on Saudi killing in days – Trump

Nov 18, 2018 - 11:54 AM

The U.S State Department also appears to contradict reports that the CIA had determined Saudi Arabia's powerful Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the killing of Khashoggi

PROTEST. A woman holds a portrait of missing journalist and Riyadh critic Jamal Khashoggi reading "Jamal Khashoggi is missing since October 2" during a demonstration in front of the Saudi Arabian consulate on October 9, 2018 in Istanbul. Photo by Ozan Kose/AFP

Turkey's Erdogan shares Khashoggi tapes

Nov 11, 2018 - 12:01 AM

Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says recordings linked to the murder of Jamal Khashoggi were sent to Saudi, but were not accompanied by any written documents

MURDERED. In this file photo taken on November 2, 2018 Hatice Cengiz, the fiancee of the late Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi, delivers a prerecorded message (upper R) during a remembrance ceremony for her fiancée in Washington, DC. Photo by Jim Watson/AFP

Murder of Khashoggi 'premeditated,' says Saudi prosecutor

Oct 25, 2018 - 7:32 PM

A statement from Saudi Arabia public prosecutor says: 'Information from the Turkish authorities indicates that the act of the suspects in the Khashoggi case was premeditated'

PROTEST. A woman holds a portrait of missing journalist and Riyadh critic Jamal Khashoggi reading "Jamal Khashoggi is missing since October 2" during a demonstration in front of the Saudi Arabian consulate on October 9, 2018 in Istanbul. Photo by Ozan Kose/AFP

Saudi king, crown prince meet Khashoggi family

Oct 23, 2018 - 11:31 PM

Saudi Arabia's King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman meet with family members of slain journalist Jamal Khashoggi

MEETING. A handout picture provided by the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) on October 23, 2018 shows Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman meeting with family members of slain journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Riyadh. AFP Photo

Saudi's young crown prince: Reformer or authoritarian?

Oct 21, 2018 - 8:00 AM

Riyadh's admission that Jamal Khashoggi was killed inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul risks jeopardizing the reformist image that Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman has so carefully cultivated

PRINCE. This handout picture provided by the Saudi Royal Palace on July 10, 2017, shows Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (L) speaking with Interior Minister Prince Abdelaziz bin Saud bin Nayef during a cabinet meeting chaired by the king at Al-Safa palace in the holy Muslim city of Mecca in western Saudi Arabia. File photo by Bandar Al-Jaloud/Saudi Royal Palace/AFP

Saudi Arabia: Storms and reforms under new crown prince

Oct 21, 2018 - 2:00 AM

Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salem has brought reforms on ultra-conservative policies, but has also begun a crackdown on political dissent

MONARCHS. A foreign labourer walks past a banner with portraits of Saudi King Salman bin Abdulazziz (C), his son Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (L) and the founder of the Kingdom King Abdulazziz al-Saudm on October 18, 2018 in Riyadh. Photo by Fayez Nureldine/AFP

Journalists' group seeks punishment for those who 'ordered' Khashoggi death

Oct 21, 2018 - 12:00 AM

Turk-Arab Media Association demands that Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi's body be given back for a proper funeral

COMPLEX MAN. In this file photo taken on October 8, 2018 protestors hold pictures of missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi during a demonstration in front of the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul. Photo by Ozan Kose/AFP

Pompeo holds crisis talks in Riyadh on missing journalist

Oct 16, 2018 - 8:42 PM

US top diplomat Mike Pompeo meets with Saudi King Salman to seek answers about the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi

Saudi Arabia's King Salman (R) meets with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Riyadh on October 16, 2018. Pompeo arrived in the Saudi capital for talks with King Salman on what happened to missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi. LEAH MILLIS / POOL / AFP

Trump floats 'rogue killers' in Khashoggi case, Pompeo heads to Saudi

Oct 15, 2018 - 9:59 PM

(UPDATED) Turkish police searches the Saudi consulate in Istanbul for the first time since Jamal Khashoggi went missing

SEARCH. A Turkish forensic stands next to the Saudi flag, on the roof of the Saudi Arabia's consulate in Istanbul on October 15, 2018 during the investigation over missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Photo by Ozan Kose/AFP

Celebrations, tears as Saudi Arabia overturns ban on women driving

Jun 24, 2018 - 9:23 AM

(UPDATED) But much of the initial optimism over reforms appears to have been dented by a sweeping crackdown on women activists who long opposed the driving ban

Saudi Samar Al-Moqren drives her car through the streets of the Saudi capital Riyadh for the first time just after midnight, June 24, 2018, when the law allowing women to drive took effect.  Saudi Arabia will allow women to drive from June 24, ending the world's only ban on female motorists, a historic reform marred by what rights groups call an expanding crackdown on activists. The move, which follows a sweeping crackdown on women activists who long opposed the ban, is part of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's wide-ranging reform drive to modernise the conservative petrostate.   / AFP PHOTO / FAYEZ NURELDINE

Al-Qaeda warns Saudi Arabia crown prince over 'sin'

Jun 01, 2018 - 5:29 PM

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman spearheads a string of policy changes in ultraconservative Saudi Arabia, including reinstating cinemas and allowing women to drive

WARNING. A handout picture released by the Saudi Royal Palace on April 15, 2018 shows Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia Mohammed bin Salman Al-Saud attending the 29th Arab League Summit in Dhahran. Photo by  Bandar Al-Jaloud/Saudi Royal Palace/AFP

Saudi Arabia says driving ban on women to be lifted June 24

May 08, 2018 - 6:09 PM

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is seen as the force behind the lifting of the ban

WOMEN DRIVERS. A Saudi woman practices driving in Riyadh ahead of the lifting of a ban on women driving in Saudi Arabia in the summer. Photo by Yousef Doubisi/AFP

Saudi crown prince says reforms aimed at 'cancer' of corruption

Feb 28, 2018 - 4:08 PM

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman: 'You have a body that has cancer everywhere, the cancer of corruption. You need to have chemo, the shock of chemo, or the cancer will eat the body'

INFLUENTIAL. Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman attends a meeting with Lebanon's Christian Maronite patriarch on November 14, 2017. Photo by Fayez Nureldine / AFP

Saudi Arabia releases two princes after graft probe

Dec 30, 2017 - 12:25 AM

Prince Turki bin Abdullah was the only brother left in detention, the source said, without adding if his brothers had reached a cash settlement to be released.

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Saudi crown prince accuses Iran of 'direct aggression'

Nov 07, 2017 - 5:35 PM

Riyadh accuses Tehran of supplying ballistic missiles to the Huthi rebels in Yemen. Iran denies the allegation

Saudi Arabia arrests princes, ministers in sweeping purge

Nov 05, 2017 - 8:08 AM

The crackdown is reported immediately after a new anti-corruption commission, headed by powerful Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, is established by royal decree

Photo taken September 23, 2014 shows a giant Saudi flag during celebrations to mark the 84th Saudi Arabian National Day in  Jeddah. Stringer/AFP

Crown prince pledges 'moderate' Saudi Arabia

Oct 25, 2017 - 6:47 AM

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman breaks with ultra-conservative clerics in favor of an image catering to foreign investors and Saudi youth

INFLUENTIAL CROWN PRINCE. Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman attends the Future Investment Initiative (FII) conference in Riyadh, on October 24, 2017. Fayez Nureldine/AFP

Saudi Arabia unveils first targets in sweeping reform plan

Jun 07, 2016 - 11:03 AM

3rd UPDATE The plan is a 5 year roadmap that lays out targets for each government ministry

A picture taken on March 9, 2016 shows towers under construction at the King Abdullah Financial District in the Saudi capital Riyadh. Fayez Nureldine/AFP

Saudi society will decide if women can drive – prince

Apr 26, 2016 - 3:50 PM

Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman says change cannot be forced

epa03928060 A Saudi woman sits behind the wheel of a car in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 28 October 2013. Media reports on 27 October state that Saudi authorities arrested 14 women for driving in the conservative kingdom. The women were detained in the capital Riyadh, the western cities of Jeddah and Mecca as well as the Eastern Province. Activists have published more than a dozen videos on YouTube showing women driving in defiance of the decades-long "ban," which makes the oil-producing kingdom the world's only country where women are not allowed to drive. EPA/STR

Saudi unveils far-reaching plan to move away from oil

Apr 26, 2016 - 12:55 PM

Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman announces the Vision 2030 program which includes the creation of the world s biggest sovereign wealth fund

Saudi Defense Minister and Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman answers questions during a press conference in Riyadh, on April 25, 2016. The key figure behind the unveiling of a vast plan to restructure the kingdom's oil-dependent economy, the son of King Salman has risen to among Saudi Arabia's most influential figures since being named second-in-line to the throne in 2015. Salman announced his economic reform plan known as "Vision 2030".  / AFP PHOTO / FAYEZ NURELDINE

US Defense Secretary in Saudi to reassure on Iran

Jul 22, 2015 - 5:38 PM

Sunni dominated Saudi Arabia a regional rival of Shiite Iran worries Tehran could still be able to develop an atomic bomb despite the limitations on its nuclear program

VISITING SAUDI. In this file photo, US Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter during a press conference with Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon (not pictured) at the Israeli Defense Ministry in Tel Aviv, Israel, July 20, 2015. Daniel Bar-On/EPA