Saudi Arabia confirms sentences for eight accused of killing journalist Khashoggi

U.S. 09/07/20, 17:34

A Saudi Arabian court on Monday handed down final judgment on the eight accused of murdering Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi in 2018, according to Saudi Arabia's state television. According to the Washington Examiner, all eight accused of killing journalist Jamal Khashoggi were found guilty and will face different prison sentences. ...

Saudi sentences 5 to death for killing Washington Post journalist

World 12/23/19, 12:07

Saudi Arabia sentenced five people to death on Monday, Dec. 23, for the killing of Washington Post columnist and royal family critic Jamal Khashoggi, whose murder in the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul drew sharp international criticism and marred the crown prince’s relationship with members of Congress in Washington, according to ...

Senate votes to block Saudi arms sales as Trump pledges veto

Politics 06/20/19, 11:37

The Senate voted Thursday to block the Trump administration from selling weapons to Saudi Arabia, launching a new challenge to President Donald Trump's steadfast alliance with the country amid rising tensions in the Middle East. The resolution passed, 53-45. Trump has promised to veto the legislation. The White House said stopping the ...

Senators reach deal to vote on blocking Saudi arms sale

Politics 06/19/19, 18:38

Lawmakers have reached a deal with the Senate's Republican leadership to vote on more than a dozen resolutions aimed at blocking the Trump administration's sale of weapons to Saudi Arabia. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced the Senate will hear debate and vote on the resolutions Thursday. The move to block the sale ...

WhatsApp discovers spyware that infected with a call alone

Business 05/14/19, 00:47

Spyware crafted by an "advanced cyber actor" infected multiple targeted mobile phones through the popular WhatsApp communications program without any user intervention through in-app voice calls, the company said.The Financial Times identified the actor as Israel's NSO Group, and a WhatsApp spokesman later said "we're certainly not refuting any of ...

SoftBank profits rise, party on gains from Saudi-tied fund

Business 05/09/19, 01:53

Japanese internet company SoftBank has reported a 36% increase in profit for the fiscal year through March from the previous fiscal year, partly on gains from its Vision Fund.After the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, SoftBank has said it will diversify its funding source for investments. Much of the ...

Trump’s Yemen war policy survives Senate’s veto override bid

Politics 05/02/19, 15:41

The Senate on Thursday failed to overturn President Donald Trump's veto of legislation that would have ended U.S. military assistance for the Saudi-led war in Yemen against Iran-backed rebels, but lawmakers pledged to re-examine other aspects of America's ties with the kingdom. While the 53-45 vote to override fell well short ...

Turkey arrests 2 people suspected of spying for UAE

World 04/19/19, 13:50

Turkish authorities on Friday formally arrested two men on charges of spying for the United Arab Emirates, Turkey's state-run news agency said.Authorities were also investigating the possibility that the men could have been involved in the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul last year, ...

Pelosi calls on President Trump to sign Yemen resolution

Politics 04/09/19, 20:40

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called on President Donald Trump Tuesday to sign into law a resolution ending American involvement in the war in Yemen. "The situation in Yemen ... has left an indelible scar and stain on the conscience of the world," Pelosi told reporters. She said the resolution passed by ...

Update: Media freedom campaign launched on G-7 sidelines

Europe 04/05/19, 06:08

The Latest on the Group of Seven meeting (all times local):1:05 p.m.British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt has launched a media freedom campaign alongside international human rights lawyer Amal Clooney from the sidelines of the Group of Seven foreign ministers' meeting in the French Atlantic resort of Dinard.U.S. Homeland Security official ...

Saudi Arabia arrests more activists, including 2 US citizens

World 04/05/19, 01:50

Saudi Arabia detained eight people, including two dual U.S.-Saudi citizens, in a new round of arrests in the kingdom targeting individuals supportive of women's rights and those with ties to jailed activists, a person with knowledge of the apprehensions said Friday.It marks the first sweep of arrests to target individuals ...

Saudi women activists’ trials to continue after 3rd hearing

World 04/03/19, 08:38

Nearly a dozen Saudi women's rights activists, most of them imprisoned, attended their third court session on Wednesday and were told their trials will continue for at least two more weeks, people with knowledge of the cases told The Associated Press.While the 11 women are being tried separately, they have ...

Rare glimpse into Saudi Aramco shows $111 billion net profit

Business 04/01/19, 07:21

Saudi Aramco's net profits reached $111 billion last year, according to an assessment published Monday by Moody's Investors Services that offered a rare glimpse into the state-owned oil firm's finances before it issues its first bonds in international markets.That places Aramco ahead of some of the world's most profitable firms. ...

German government extends ban on arms exports to Saudi

Europe 03/29/19, 02:59

The German government has extended a ban on arms exports to Saudi Arabia by six months until the end of September, but is making a conditional exception for systems developed jointly with other countries.Germany imposed the ban following the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the kingdom's consulate in ...

US approves deal to share nuclear tech with Saudi Arabia

Tech 03/28/19, 15:01

The Trump administration has approved six applications for U.S. companies to sell nuclear power technology and assistance to Saudi Arabia, Energy Secretary Rick Perry told lawmakers Thursday. Perry told the Senate Armed Services Committee that the Energy Department has approved 37 nuclear applications since January 2017, including nine in the Middle ...

News organizations to highlight most threatened journalists

U.S. 03/15/19, 04:46

A coalition of more than a dozen global news organizations, including The Associated Press, The Financial Times and Reuters, will spotlight the world's most threatened journalists in a new freedom of speech initiative, the group announced Friday in New York.Members of the One Free Press Coalition will publish on their ...

3 Saudi women activists receive PEN Freedom to Write Award

Entertainment 03/14/19, 15:22

Three Saudi women's rights activists whose arrests last year have been condemned worldwide are being honored by PEN America.Nouf Abdulaziz, Loujain al-Hathloul and Eman al-Nafjan have won the PEN/Barbey Freedom to Write Award, the literary and human rights organization announced Thursday. The award was established in 1987 and is given ...

Senate poised for vote on withdrawal from Yemen war

Politics 03/13/19, 15:08

The Senate is poised vote on Wednesday on ending U.S. support for the Saudi Arabian-led coalition fighting in Yemen, legislation that the White House has threatened to veto. The measure is co-sponsored by Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and Sen. Mike Lee, R- Utah. If it were to pass Congress, it would ...

US cites journalist murder as a rights abuse by Saudi Arabia

Politics 03/13/19, 11:46

The Trump administration used an annual report on human rights abuses to call out close partner Saudi Arabia on Wednesday over the killing of U.S.-based journalist Jamal Khashoggi last year. The State Department annual global human rights report said The Washington Post columnist was killed by agents of the kingdom while ...

Germany extends Saudi Arabia arms sales ban

Europe 03/06/19, 06:28

Germany's foreign minister says the country is extending its ban on arms sales to Saudi Arabia, and will continue to evaluate the situation.Germany rescinded existing arms export permits to Saudi Arabia last year in response to the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.The ban was ...

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