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2019 Saudi Arabia Special Weapons News
- Turkish police believe Khashoggi remains may have been burnt IRNA 15 Feb 2019 -- Turkish police believe the remains of murdered Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi may have been burnt, Turkey's state-run news agency Anadolu said on Thursday, citing a police report.
- Khashoggi's body possibly burnt in oven at Saudi consul-general's residency: Turkey Press TV 15 Feb 2019 -- Turkish police have discovered a tandoori oven at the Saudi consul-general's residency in Istanbul, suggesting that the body of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi has been burnt.
- House passes resolution to end US aid for Saudi war on Yemen Press TV 14 Feb 2019 -- The US House of Representatives on Wednesday adopted a resolution that obliges President Donald Trump to end Washington's military support for the Saudi-led coalition's war on Yemen, and withdraw almost all US forces engaged in the war in less than a month.
- House Backs Ending US Support for Saudis in Yemen War VOA 13 Feb 2019 -- The Democrat-controlled House rebuked President Donald Trump Wednesday and voted to cut off U.S. military assistance to the Saudi coalition fighting in Yemen.
- Senators introduce resolution to block Saudi from developing nukes Press TV 13 Feb 2019 -- US senators have introduced a resolution that would prevent Saudi Arabia from developing a nuclear weapon.
- Saudi Crown Prince to Announce $20B Investment Projects in Pakistan VOA 13 Feb 2019 -- Saudi Arabia's crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, is set to make his first state visit to Pakistan on Saturday, where he is expected to announce investment projects worth up to $20 billion, a senior official told VOA.
- Fired aide to Saudi crown prince still working unofficially after Khashoggi murder: Wall Street Journal Press TV 12 Feb 2019 -- A report has revealed that Riyadh is not taking any serious action in response to the gruesome assassination of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Turkey, with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman still receiving advice from Saud al-Qahtani -- a key suspect in the case whom he had apparently fired as his aide -- and letting him operate discreetly.
- Pompeo Says U.S. Not Trying To Cover Up Khashoggi Murder RFE/RL 12 Feb 2019 -- The United States' top diplomat has denied allegations that President Donald Trump's administration is trying to cover up the killing of Saudi reporter Jamal Khashoggi.
- Pompeo: US 'Not Covering Up' Khashoggi Murder VOA 11 Feb 2019 -- The United States will continue investigating the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said, asserting that "America is not covering up for a murder".
- Trump declines to report to Congress on Khashoggi's killing Press TV 09 Feb 2019 -- US President Donald Trump has ignored a deadline by Congress to determine who ordered the assassination of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi and whether he intends to impose sanctions on Riyadh, prompting an angry backlash on Capitol Hill.
- Blaming MbS for Khashoggi's murder 'a red line': Top Saudi official Press TV 09 Feb 2019 -- Saudi Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel al-Jubeir says blaming the killing of Saudi dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi on Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman will be crossing "a red line."
- US State Department Confirms Pompeo Updated Congress on Khashoggi Killing Sputnik 09 Feb 2019 -- US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo provided Congress with an update on journalist Jamal Khashoggi's killing, a State Department spokesperson told Sputnik.
- MbS told aide he would use 'bullet' on Khashoggi, intel gathered by US shows Press TV 08 Feb 2019 -- American intelligence agencies have revived communication – originally intercepted in 2017 – between Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and a close aide in which Mohammed says he would use "a bullet" on Saudi dissident Jamal Khashoggi if he did not return to Saudi Arabia or stop criticizing the prince.
- EU plans to blacklist Saudi Arabia for failure in fighting money laundering: FT Press TV 08 Feb 2019 -- The European Commission is planning to name Saudi Arabia in a list of countries that have failed to fight against terrorist financing and money laundering, a report says.
- US lawmakers revive push for sanctions against Saudi over Yemen war, Khashoggi Press TV 08 Feb 2019 -- A group of US lawmakers have revived a push to punish Saudi Arabia for launching war on Yemen and for the murder of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
- Saudi FM Assures That 'We Know That Crown Prince Didn't Order Khashoggi Killing' Sputnik 08 Feb 2019 -- The statement comes after a New York Times report, based on anonymous sources, claiming that the Saudi crown prince had threatened to use a "bullet" on Khashoggi if he did not return to Saudi Arabia willingly or by force. The kingdom has repeatedly denied prince's involvement into the killing.
- Saudi Prince Said to Use 'Bullet' on Khashoggi Year Before Murder - Reports Sputnik 08 Feb 2019 -- Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman Al Saud said in a conversation with one of his aides that he would go after journalist Jamal Khashoggi, killed in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, "with a bullet" a year prior to the murder, media have reported, citing US and foreign officials familiar with intelligence reports.
- Trump Administration May Miss Khashoggi Report Deadline VOA 08 Feb 2019 -- The Trump administration signaled Friday that it might not meet a deadline to tell Congress whether it intended to sanction anyone for the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
- Khashoggi 'victim of brutal killing by Saudi officials': UN probe Press TV 07 Feb 2019 -- A UN-led probe into Jamal Khashoggi's murder has concluded that the Saudi dissident was the victim of a "brutal and premeditated killing" planned and perpetrated by the kingdom's officials.
- Evidence shows 'brutal' killing of Saudi journalist 'planned and perpetrated' by State officials: UN independent expert UN News 07 Feb 2019 -- Evidence collected in Turkey shows on initial examination, that former dissident and journalist Jamal Khashoggi was the victim of "a brutal and premeditated killing, planned and perpetrated by officials of the State of Saudi Arabia," according to the United Nations expert conducting an independent human rights inquiry into his death.
- Kingdom launches first Saudi communications satellite (SGS-1) successfully, HRH the Crown Prince signed the final piece to be placed on the satellite with the words, "Above the Clouds" SPA 06 Feb 2019 -- The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, represented by the King Abdul-Aziz City for Science and Technology (KACST), announced today that the first Saudi satellite for communications (SGS-1) has been launched successfully from the Guiana Space Centre on an Ariane 5 rocket. HRH Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, the Crown Prince, Vice President of the Council of Ministers and Minister of Defense, had signed the final piece to be placed on the Saudi satellite before its launch with the words, "above the clouds."
- Saudi Arabia to take $3.46bn from state reserves to finance budget deficit Press TV 05 Feb 2019 -- A high-ranking Saudi economic official says the oil-rich kingdom is going to draw down a total of 13 billion Saudi riyals ($ 3.46 billion) from the general reserves over the current year in a bid to close its budget deficit.
- As repression rises, Saudis pack up and leave Press TV 03 Feb 2019 -- Increasingly more Saudi Arabians are leaving their home country and filing for asylum abroad in recent years, as repression rises in the kingdom, especially under Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, a report says.
- UN believes MbS prime suspect in Khashoggi murder: Turkish official Press TV 03 Feb 2019 -- An investigative team led by the United Nations (UN) believes Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is the prime suspect in the state-sponsored assassination of Saudi dissident Jamal Khashoggi in Turkey, an adviser to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says.
- UN Investigators Blame Saudi Prince for Khashoggi Murder - Erdogan's Adviser Sputnik 01 Feb 2019 -- A UN investigative team comprised of experts and led by Agnes Callamard, rapporteur on extrajudicial executions, believes that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is the main person responsible for the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, Yasin Aktay, an adviser of Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday.
- Riyadh winds down 'anti- graft' campaign amid Khashoggi scandal Press TV 31 Jan 2019 -- After bagging over $100 billion in cash-for-freedom settlements, Saudi Arabia says it has ended the probe of the high-profile figures detained as part of a much-criticized "anti-graft" campaign, as the regime continues to grapple with international pressure over the brutal assassination of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
- Khashoggi's Death Was 'Premeditated Murder,' But CIA Chief Dodges on MBS' Role Sputnik 29 Jan 2019 -- During Senate testimony by US intelligence chiefs Tuesday, CIA Director Gina Haspel called journalist Jamal Khashoggi's death "premeditated murder" but refused to say if the agency believes Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is responsible, as a November leak indicated the agency had concluded.
- UN Khashoggi Investigator Meets With Turkish Officials VOA 28 Jan 2019 -- Turkey's foreign minister met Monday with the U.N. judicial expert investigating the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi as Ankara calls for an international inquiry.
- Saudi Arabia blacklisted for lax control on terror financing: Report Press TV 26 Jan 2019 -- Saudi Arabia has reportedly been included in an EU draft list of countries that pose a threat to the bloc due to their alleged lax control on money laundering and terrorism financing.
- Saudi Arabia building its first ballistic missile factory: Report Press TV 25 Jan 2019 -- Saudi Arabia, already known as the world's top importer of foreign-made ballistic missiles, has started building its first missile production factory near the central town of Al-Watah, The Washington Post has quoted experts as saying.
- Warning to Iran? US Media Claims Riyadh Building Missile Factory at Remote Base Sputnik 25 Jan 2019 -- The Al-Watah missile base was first discovered by private intelligence firm Jane's in 2013, with further media reports citing satellite photos indicating that the missiles at the base were targeting Israel and Iran.
- Berlin set to sell weapons to Doha amid tension with Riyadh Press TV 25 Jan 2019 -- Germany has approved exporting military equipment to Qatar amid deepening tensions with Riyadh, Doha's rival.
- Saudi Arabia confirms its categorical rejection of all Israeli policies, practices and plans against the Palestinian people SPA 23 Jan 2019 -- The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has unequivocally rejected all Israeli illegal policies, practices and plans as well as Israel's attempts to perpetuate racial discrimination against the Palestinian people, to obliterate their national identity and to undermine their legitimate rights.
- Turkey says planning intl. probe into murder of Saudi critic Khashoggi Press TV 22 Jan 2019 -- Turkey says it is making preparations to launch an international investigation into the gruesome assassination of Saudi dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi, slamming certain Western countries for what it calls attempts to whitewash the murder.
- Muslim-American Congresswomen Prompt Saudi Alarm VOA 21 Jan 2019 -- Saudi Arabia may learn to regret the political attacks launched from the kingdom on two American Muslim women who won seats for the Democrats in Congress in the U.S. midterm elections. One of them Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, has secured a seat on a House panel that has the power to disrupt U.S. arms sales to Saudi Arabia.
- German arms manufacturer may sue Berlin over halt in arms sales to Saudi Arabia Press TV 21 Jan 2019 -- A major German arms manufacturer has threatened legal action against the government of Chancellor Angela Merkel over its decision to suspend all weapons sales to Saudi Arabia in the wake of the assassination of a dissident journalist in the kingdom's consulate in Istanbul, Turkey.
- German Gov't Faces Suit for Banning Arms Export to Saudi Arabia – Reports Sputnik 21 Jan 2019 -- Angela Merkel's cabinet stopped military supplies to Saudi Arabia and called on other countries to do the same following the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi at Riyadh's consulate in Turkey.
- Pompeo: Saudi Leaders Committed To Holding Khashoggi's Killers Accountable RFE/RL 14 Jan 2019 -- Saudi Arabia's rulers have "reiterated their commitment" to hold the killers of prominent Saudi columnist Jamal Khashoggi accountable, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said in Riyadh.
- Pompeo: Saudi Leaders Committed to Accountability in Khashoggi Killing VOA 14 Jan 2019 -- U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says Saudi King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman acknowledge "accountability needs to take place" in the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
- Pompeo: US to Seek Accountability for Khashoggi Murder VOA 13 Jan 2019 -- U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Sunday the U.S. will ask the Saudi crown prince Mohammed Bin Salman to make sure those who murdered journalist Jamal Khashoggi are held accountable for their crime.
- Saudi Arabia To Build $10 Billion Oil Refinery In Pakistan's Gwadar RFE/RL 12 Jan 2019 -- Saudi Arabia says it plans to set up a $10 billion oil refinery in Pakistan's deepwater port of Gwadar, which is being developed with the help of China.
- MbS continues despotic rule, consults Khashoggi hit squad leader: Report Press TV 11 Jan 2019 -- Despite facing worldwide controversy after the assassination of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi, reports have shown that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has continued his despotic practices, regularly consulting the killing's alleged mastermind Saud al-Qahtani.
- Pompeo: New Penalties Against Saudi Arabia for Khashoggi Murder Still Possible Sputnik 11 Jan 2019 -- The United States is standing by its promise to penalize Saudi Arabia further in response to the murder of columnist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, the US Secretary of State Pompeo said in an interview on Friday.
- Contrasting Trump, Pompeo vows to punish Saudi over Khashoggi murder Press TV 08 Jan 2019 -- US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says his country will punish Saudi Arabia for the "heinous" murder of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi, contrasting President Donald Trump's statements that doing so would hurt American interests.
- Saudi forces conduct deadly raid in Qatif village Press TV 08 Jan 2019 -- Qatif region in Saudi Arabia has been the scene of fresh bloody violence. Saudi forces have stormed a small village in the Shia-populated region, killing five people and injuring an unspecified number of others.
- US to upgrade Saudi missile systems despite global backlash over Khashoggi murder Press TV 07 Jan 2019 -- The United States has approved upgrades to Saudi Arabia's missile defenses worth $195 million despite global outrage over the killing of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi, a report says.
- US House panel to probe Saudi links to Trump's finances Press TV 06 Jan 2019 -- A US House of Representatives panel plans to investigate ties between the sprawling business conglomerate owned by President Donald Trump and Saudi Arabia.
- US State Department says Saudi version of Khashoggi murder 'not credible' Press TV 05 Jan 2019 -- The United States says Saudi Arabia's version of the murder of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi is not credible and Riyadh must identify and punish the perpetrators and planners of the killing.
- UN human rights office says Saudi Khashoggi murder trial 'not sufficient' Press TV 04 Jan 2019 -- The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) says it cannot assess the fairness of a trial underway in Saudi Arabia over the killing of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi, emphasizing that in any case it is "not sufficient."
- Khashoggi trial in Saudi Arabia falls short of independent, international probe needed: UN rights chief UN News 04 Jan 2019 -- The criminal trial in Saudi Arabia of individuals suspected of being involved in the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi does not meet the requirements of an independent and international probe requested by the UN's top rights official, Michelle Bachelet, her office said on Friday.
- Riyadh says seeking death penalty for Khashoggi murder suspects Press TV 03 Jan 2019 -- Saudi Arabia says it has held an initial hearing into the murder case of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi, with the public prosecutor requesting the death penalty for five of the suspects.
- Saudi Prosecutor Requests Death Sentence For 5 Accused of Killing Khashoggi Sputnik 03 Jan 2019 -- Jamal Khashoggi, a US resident and columnist for The Washington Post, was last seen entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on 2 October. On 19 October, Saudi Arabia admitted that Khashoggi had been killed in a brawl inside the consulate.
- Saudi Arabia Holds 1st Hearing for Khashoggi Killing Defendants VOA 03 Jan 2019 -- Saudi Arabia says it held an initial court appearance Thursday for 11 people charged in connection with the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
- UK offered arms sales to Saudi after Khashoggi murder: Report Press TV 01 Jan 2019 -- The UK kept weapons sales talks with Saudi Arabia running after the kingdom admitted to dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi's murder, a new report has revealed.
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