Istanbul prosecutor seeks arrest of 2 Saudi crown prince allies over Khashoggi killing

Istanbul’s chief prosecutor has filed warrants for the arrest of a top aide to Saudi Arabia’s crown prince and the deputy head of foreign intelligence on suspicion of planning the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, Turkish officials said on Wednesday. The prosecutor’s office has concluded there is “strong suspicion” that Saud al-Qahtani and General Ahmed […]

Dozens of prominent activists have been held for months in Saudi Arabia without charge — and the spotlight on the Kingdom’s human rights record is stronger than ever

Saudi Arabia’s human rights record has come under intense scrutiny in recent months.  Earlier this year, the country detained dozens of prominent women’s rights activists — most without access to communication and many who were never formally charged with a crime.  Award-winning campaigner Samar Badawi was arrested in August, which sparked a massive feud between […]

Trump takes credit for Thanksgiving traffic jams, because his Saudi friendship makes gas so cheap

President Trump sarcastically apologized to the country for causing record Thanksgiving traffic jams, slamming the “Fake News media” for a story they didn’t actually write while continuing to dodge the Khashoggi question. Having credited himself and his Saudi pals with lowering gas prices earlier this week, the president has extended his sphere of influence to […]

Stop being ‘Saudi Arabia’s b*tch,’ Tulsi Gabbard tells Trump, critics pounce

Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) has mocked US President Donald Trump’s commitment to remaining allied with Riyadh in the wake of journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s death, calling the president “Saudi Arabia’s b*tch.” The anti-interventionist congresswoman tweeted the scathing insult following an earlier statement from Trump, in which he said that the United States would stand by its […]

Members of the Saudi royal family are reportedly looking for ways to keep Mohammed bin Salman from becoming king

Nicolas Asfouri – Pool/Getty Images Amid international uproar over the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, some members of Saudi Arabia’s ruling family are agitating to prevent Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman from becoming king, three sources close to the royal court said. Rather, they are discussing the possibility with other family members that after the […]

A huge question looms over Trump after the CIA reportedly concludes the Saudi crown prince ordered Jamal Khashoggi’s killing

Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images The CIA has reportedly concluded with high confidence that Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman personally ordered the killing of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi last month, directly contradicting Riyadh’s denials that the crown prince was involved. President Donald Trump was briefed on the agency’s findings Saturday. The development raises a critical […]

Trump calls Saudi Arabia a ‘spectacular ally,’ despite CIA report blaming the crown prince for Jamal Khashoggi’s death

Reuters/Yuri Gripas President Donald Trump said Saturday that a CIA assessment blaming Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi was “very premature.” Trump said he would receive the complete CIA report on Tuesday, and that it was “possible” Crown Prince Mohammed ordered the killing. Trump made the remarks […]

US senators seek to stop weapons sales to Saudi Arabia over Yemen war, Khashoggi murder

A newly proposed bill in the US Senate would suspend the sale of weapons to Saudi Arabia and block refueling of Saudi warplanes bombing Yemen, as punishment for the death of a Washington Post columnist. A group of senators on the Foreign Relations Committee, led by Bob Menendez (D-New Jersey) and Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) […]

Crude oil futures pop higher as Saudi Arabia vows to cut production

Ulet Ifansasti/Getty Crude oil futures have spiked in early trade on Monday, finding support on reports that Saudi Arabia will cut production levels in December. Both WTI and Brent futures are up 0.75%, having jumped more than 1% in initial trade. RBC Capital Markets says the likelihood of an official production cut at OPEC’s December […]

Starving children face ‘imminent risk of death’ due to Saudi assault on Yemeni city, UNICEF warns

The Saudi-led coalition’s attack on the Yemeni port city of Hodeidah could have catastrophic consequences for civilians, especially malnourished children in urgent need of care, UNICEF has warned. Heavy bombings and gunfire have already impeded access to Al Thawra hospital, a medical facility that provides much-needed care to children caught up in the fighting, the […]