Saudi crown prince's investment forum draws back Westerners
Saudi Arabia’s annual investment forum has drawn over a thousand participants, with big-name U.S. financiers and business leaders back on the stage three years after many stayed away following international outcry over the killing of a government critic in a Saudi consulate.
Saudi Arabia told international companies to move their regional headquarters to its capital or lose out on government contracts. It's working.
Saudi Arabia announced Wednesday that 44 global companies are establishing regional headquarters in the capital of Riyadh, months after it issued an ultimatum to them.news.yahoo.com
Ex-Saudi official claims crown prince said he could get "poison ring from Russia" to kill king
A former senior Saudi intelligence official who worked with the U.S. on counterterrorism alleged to "60 Minutes" in an interview broadcast Sunday that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman discussed in 2014 killing the kingdom's then-monarch.Why it matters: The claim by the exiled Saad al-Jabri, whom Saudi authorities describe as "a discredited former government official," that the crown prince, known as "MBS," allegedly said he could obtain a "ring from Russia" to carry out the attack, is one of sevnews.yahoo.com
Former Saudi official calls Mohammed bin Salman a "psychopath," says Saudi crown prince fears what he knows
Saad Aljabri was number two in Saudi intelligence until, he says, Mohammed bin Salman forced him out. Now, MBS is Saudi Arabia's crown prince, and Aljabri is in exile. Aljabri believes the crown prince wants him dead because of what he knows.cbsnews.com
FBI releases newly declassified record on Sept. 11 attacks
A declassified FBI document related to logistical support given to two of the Saudi hijackers in the run-up to the Sept. 11 attacks details contacts the men had with Saudi associates in the United States but doesn't provide proof that senior kingdom officials were complicit in the plot.
Pentagon chief: al-Qaida may seek comeback in Afghanistan
U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin says the al-Qaida extremist group that used Afghanistan as a staging base to attack United States 20 years ago may attempt to regenerate there following an American withdrawal that has left the Taliban in power.
Reports: Israeli firm’s spyware used to target journalists’ cell phones
Photo via ShutterstockWASHINGTON, D.C. — An Israeli company’s spyware was used in attempted and successful hacks of 37 smartphones belonging to journalists, government officials and human rights activists around the world, according to an investigation by 17 media organizations published on Sunday. NSO said its product is intended only for use by government intelligence and law enforcement agencies to fight terrorism and crime. The targeted phone numbers were on a list provided by Forbidden Stories and Amnesty International to the 17 media organizations. They included several Arab royal family members, at least 65 business executives, 85 human rights activists, 189 journalists and more than 600 politicians and government officials — including several heads of state and prime ministers. We are aware of the report and are looking into the matter.”The other media organizations could not be immediately reached for comment on Sunday.arabamericannews.com
Israeli firm’s spyware used to target journalists’ cell phones – reports
Photo via ShutterstockWASHINGTON, D.C. – An Israeli company’s spyware was used in attempted and successful hacks of 37 smartphones belonging to journalists, government officials and human rights activists around the world, according to an investigation by 17 media organizations published on Sunday. NSO said its product is intended only for use by government intelligence and law enforcement agencies to fight terrorism and crime. The targeted phone numbers were on a list provided by Forbidden Stories and Amnesty International to the 17 media organizations. They included several Arab royal family members, at least 65 business executives, 85 human rights activists, 189 journalists and more than 600 politicians and government officials – including several heads of state and prime ministers. We are aware of the report and are looking into the matter.”The other media organizations could not be immediately reached for comment on Sunday.arabamericannews.com
Private Israeli spyware used to hack cellphones of journalists, activists worldwide
Military-grade spyware licensed by an Israeli firm to governments for tracking terrorists and criminals was used in attempted and successful hacks of 37 smartphones belonging to journalists, human rights activists, business executives and two women close to murdered Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, according to an investigation by The Washington Post and 16 media partners.washingtonpost.com
Prior to his murder, Jamal Khashoggi offered to help 9/11 victims suing Saudi Arabia
A year before his death, Jamal Khashoggi — a Saudi insider with intimate knowledge of his country’s interactions with al-Qaida — met with a former FBI agent working for the families of 9/11 victims who were suing his government and asked how he could help.news.yahoo.com
Saudi minister says he held ‘great meeting’ with Blinken
Saudi Arabia's Deputy Defense Minister Prince Khalid bin Salman arrives at a meeting at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., August 29, 2019. Photo: James Lawler Duggan/ReutersWASHINGTON, D.C. – Saudi Deputy Defense Minister Khalid bin Salman said he held “a great meeting” on Wednesday with U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken in which they explored strengthening U.S.-Saudi ties and reviewed regional developments. Prince Khalid, the brother of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the kingdom’s de facto ruler, is the highest ranking Saudi official to visit Washington since President Biden took office in January. Biden also ended U.S. support for offensive operations by the Saudi-led coalition fighting against the Houthi movement in Yemen’s civil war. Prince Khalid was the Saudi ambassador to Washington at that time.arabamericannews.com
'Was there a bone saw?' How Trump helped the Saudis whitewash the murder of Jamal Khashoggi.
The story of how the Trump White House responded to dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s gruesome murder — and ultimately helped conceal the crime — is the subject of “Anatomy of a Cover-up,” the final episode in the Yahoo News “Conspiracyland” podcast series.news.yahoo.com
US hosts high-level Saudi visit after Khashoggi killing
Top Biden administration officials on Tuesday hosted a brother to Saudi Arabia's powerful crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, in the highest-level such visit known since the U.S. made public intelligence findings linking the crown prince to the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. The Biden administration did not publicly disclose the visit by Khalid bin Salman, Saudi Arabia's deputy defense minister, in advance or immediately confirm Tuesday's meetings officially.news.yahoo.com
'He gave nobody a full view of his life': In his final days, Jamal Khashoggi juggled a secret wife in the U.S. and a fiancée in Turkey
Khashoggi had a penchant to be secretive about much of his life. “If somebody sits across from you when you’re interviewing people about Jamal and tells you that Jamal told them everything, they are 100 percent lying to you,” said one friend.news.yahoo.com
From royal insider to target: How the Arab Spring propelled Jamal Khashoggi into the Saudi leadership's crosshairs
Jamal Khashoggi helped democracy advocate Ayman Nour escape from Cairo's most notorious prison, but the Arab Spring they later poured themselves into eventually turned on them.news.yahoo.com
Egyptian intelligence chief to face questioning over alleged involvement in Khashoggi killing
A human rights group is calling on members of Congress to interrogate the chief of Egyptian intelligence on Tuesday about a Yahoo News report that a Saudi plane carrying a team of assassins stopped in Cairo in October 2018 to pick up illicit drugs that were used to kill journalist Jamal Khashoggi.news.yahoo.com
'I just fell apart crying heartbreak to you': A murdered journalist's years-long relationship with Osama bin Laden
Jamal Khashoggi never condoned the slaughter of innocents that marked Osama bin Laden’s later terrorist career. But he never renounced his friendship with bin Laden either. As one colleague says, he remained “conflicted” about the al-Qaida leader until the end of his life.news.yahoo.com
Arms, harems and a Trump-owned yacht: How the Khashoggi family helped mold the U.S.-Saudi relationship
The flamboyant life and checkered legacy of Adnan Khashoggi are the subject of Episode 2 in the new season of the Yahoo News podcast "Conspiracyland: The Secret Lives and Brutal Death of Jamal Khashoggi."news.yahoo.com
Exclusive: Saudi assassins picked up illicit drugs in Cairo to kill Khashoggi
The new season of Yahoo News’ "Conspiracyland" podcast reveals compelling new evidence that a Saudi hit team intended to kill Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi long before he walked into the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul in 2018.news.yahoo.com
'Conspiracyland': The secret lives and brutal death of Jamal Khashoggi
Jamal Khashoggi was Saudi Arabia's most prominent journalist, writing for one of America's premier newspapers. What happened to him inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, on Oct. 2, 2018, was shocking. And the more one digs into his murder, the more it becomes clear: This was the result of a real-life conspiracy. The latest season of Yahoo News' "Conspiracyland" podcast premieres June 14.news.yahoo.com
Turkish FM in Saudi Arabia to mend ties amid regional shifts
Turkey’s top diplomat met with his counterpart in Saudi Arabia Tuesday on his first official trip in years, as the country pushes to repair damaged ties with the kingdom that reached a low point over the 2018 killing in Istanbul of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. “We discussed in an open and sincere way what can be done in our bilateral relations, the areas where we have problems, how we can resolve them,” Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu told reporters after his meeting with Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud. “It's not enough to condemn (the violence), the (Muslim) community is expecting us to take some steps,” Cavusoglu said.news.yahoo.com
UN rights investigator Agnes Callamard named Amnesty chief
Callamard, who led a United Nations investigation into the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, has been appointed the new leader of Amnesty International. The international human rights group said Callamards four-year term as secretary general begins Monday, March 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez, File)LONDON – Agnes Callamard, who led a United Nations’ investigation into the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, has been appointed the new leader of Amnesty International. The international human rights group said Callamard’s four-year term as secretary general begins Monday. Callamard, a French human rights expert, has previously led free-speech organization Article 19 and directs the Global Freedom of Expression Project at Columbia University.
'Borat,' 'Promising Young Woman' win at Writers Guild Awards
This image released by Amazon Studios shows Sacha Baron Cohen in a scene from "Borat Subsequent Moviefilm." (Amazon Studios via AP)NEW YORK – Sacha Baron Cohen's “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm” was partly improvised and scripted by nine writers, but it still walked away Sunday night with one of the Writers Guild Awards' top honors, best adapted screenplay. Best original screenplay went to the script for the feminist revenge thriller “Promising Young Woman,” by writer-director Emerald Fennell. “Thank you for this incredible award, though I can’t help thinking we won it because 60% of the Writers Guild worked on this movie,” said Baron Cohen. The guild's awards came after the conclusion of a two-year battle with talent agencies over potential conflicts of interest as representatives of film and TV writers.
Biden defends inaction against Saudi crown prince in killing
As a presidential candidate, Joe Biden promised to make a pariah out of Saudi Arabia over the 2018 murder of dissident Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi. But when it came time to actually penalize Saudi Arabias crown prince, Americas strategic interests prevailed. Biden, in an ABC News interview that aired Wednesday, discussed his administration's decision to exempt Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman from any penalties for the Oct. 2, 2018, killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. U.S. intelligence, in a report released Feb. 26, concluded that the crown prince authorized the team of Saudi security and intelligence officials that killed Khashoggi. Rights groups and some journalists organizations criticized the decision not to punish the crown prince, saying it signaled impunity for the royal and other authoritarian leaders in the future.
In early foreign policy tests, Biden takes on world as it is
Biden in his early days in office has vowed a dramatic reordering of U.S. foreign policy from his predecessor. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)WASHINGTON – President Joe Biden in his early days in office has vowed a dramatic reordering of U.S. foreign policy from his predecessor. The early preference for caution and incrementalism comes as Biden has repeatedly declared that “America is back.” But in early foreign policy tests, Biden has demonstrated, as many of his predecessors have experienced, that a push away from the previous commander-in-chief's policies is easier said than done. AdSullivan pushes back against the notion that Biden's foreign policy approach has been modulated from his candidacy. On China, Biden has been clear-eyed in seeing Beijing as the United States' most significant competitor.
Biden response to report on Khashoggi killing angers both Saudi Arabia and its critics
Throughout his campaign, President Biden vowed to take a harder line with Saudi Arabia. Advertisement“It is undeniable that Saudi Arabia is a hugely influential country in the Arab world and beyond,” Price told reporters Monday. AdvertisementFor its part, Saudi Arabia is furious. In Crown Prince Mohammed, the Biden administration is dealing with a figure who began stirring up controversy even before Khashoggi’s assassination. “Even if Biden punishes MBS,” Gerges said, referring to the crown prince by his initials, “there will be no long-term change.latimes.com
Former U.S. ambassador to Saudi Arabia on Biden's actions after Khashoggi report's release
Former U.S. ambassador to Saudi Arabia on Biden's actions after Khashoggi report's release The White House is defending growing criticism over President Biden's decision not to take a more forceful stance against Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman after a U.S. intelligence report revealed the extent of the future king's involvement in the assassination of Jamal Khashoggi. The U.S. is issuing direct sanctions on more than 75 Saudi citizens, but the crown prince is not one of them. Jim Smith, who served as U.S. ambassador to Saudi Arabia from 2009 to 2013, joined CBSN to discuss.cbsnews.com
White House rebuffs pressure to punish Saudi crown prince over Khashoggi murder
But so far, the White House is not going after one prominent figure involved in Khashoggi's murder: the crown prince himself. That report, which had previously been classified, matched the conclusions of other investigations into Khashoggi's death and sparked a new wave of outrage against Crown Prince Mohammed. "Khashoggi was, in fact, murdered and dismembered, and I believe on the order of the crown prince," Biden said then. Once in office, Biden quickly worked to shift the U.S.-Saudi relationship away from Trump's warm stance toward the crown prince. But it seems Biden's White House will stop short of targeting the crown prince with sanctions or other penalties, sparking blowback.cnbc.com
Biden faces criticism for failing to sanction Saudi crown prince for Khashoggi's killing
Biden faces criticism for failing to sanction Saudi crown prince for Khashoggi's killing President Biden is facing growing criticism for failing to sanction Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. This comes as sources tell CBS News that the State Department will highlight a "reset and recalibration" of the U.S. relationship with Saudi Arabia. CBS News chief White House correspondent Nancy Cordes joins CBSN with details on that, plus Mr. Biden's upcoming meeting with the president of Mexico and the latest on his COVID relief plan.cbsnews.com
Biden faces criticism for failing to sanction Saudi crown prince for Khashoggi's killing
Biden faces criticism for failing to sanction Saudi crown prince for Khashoggi's killing President Biden is facing growing criticism for failing to sanction Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. This comes as sources tell CBS News the State Department will highlight a "reset and recalibration" of the U.S. relationship with Saudi Arabia. CBS News chief White House correspondent Nancy Cordes joins CBSN with details on that, plus Mr. Biden's upcoming meeting with the president of Mexico and the latest on his COVID relief plan.cbsnews.com
Jamal Khashoggi's ex-fiancée says Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman must be "punished without delay"
The U.S. Treasury said separately that it would hit one Saudi military unit and an ex-intelligence official from the country with sanctions for their roles in Khashoggi's murder. But the White House is not planning to sanction the crown prince, often known by his initials MBS, individually. CBS News reported in 2018 that the CIA had concluded MBS ordered Khashoggi's death, according to a U.S. official familiar with the intelligence. The crown prince has denied any involvement in Khashoggi's killing. The Crown Prince responded: "Absolutely not.cbsnews.com
White House defends decision not to punish Saudi crown prince, says U.S. does not sanction foreign leaders
RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA - DECEMBER 10: (----EDITORIAL USE ONLY MANDATORY CREDIT - "BANDAR ALGALOUD / SAUDI KINGDOM COUNCIL / HANDOUT" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS----) Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia Mohammad bin Salman attends the 40th Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) annual summit in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on December 10, 2019. (Photo by Bandar Algaloud / Saudi Kingdom Council / Handout/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)WASHINGTON – The White House on Sunday defended its decision to not target Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman after a U.S. intelligence report linked the royal to the 2018 murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. On Friday, Treasury slapped sanctions on the crown prince's security detail, known as the Rapid Intervention Force. Khashoggi, a 59-year-old U.S. resident and a widely known critic of the Saudi royal family, went to the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul on Oct. 2, 2018. He was killed inside the Saudi government building and later dismembered.cnbc.com
Biden to reexamine Saudi relations after release of declassified Khashoggi report
Biden to reexamine Saudi relations after release of declassified Khashoggi report After a declassified intelligence report officially blamed Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for the gruesome murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in 2018, President Biden is expected to reconsider U.S. and Saudi relations. Holly Williams reports.cbsnews.com
Biden administration to make announcement about Saudi Arabia Monday as White House reviews ties
President Joe Biden said his administration would announce Monday how it intends to handle relations with Saudi Arabia, days after an intelligence report publicly linked the Saudi crown prince to the death of U.S.-based journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Biden made the comments to press on Saturday when asked whether he would be punishing Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for his role in the killing of journalist Khashoggi. "There will be an announcement on Monday as to what we are going to be doing with Saudi Arabia generally," Biden told reporters. The New York Times reported Friday that the Biden administration would not penalize the crown prince for Khashoggi's killing. When asked why the crown prince was not among those facing punishment, Blinken emphasized the importance U.S. interests and not rupturing relations with Saudi Arabia.cnbc.com
Intelligence report concludes Saudi Prince approved Khashoggi murder
Intelligence report concludes Saudi Prince approved Khashoggi murder The Biden administration released an intelligence report confirming Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman approved the 2018 murder of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi. However, the administration isn't directly punishing the crown prince. Lana Zak spoke with Iyad el-Baghdadi, the co-founder of the Khashoggi Disinformation Monitor, about what this means for dissidents around the world.cbsnews.com
US implicates Saudi crown prince in Khashoggi's killing
FILE - In this Sunday, Nov. 22, 2020, file photo, Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman attends a virtual G-20 summit held over video conferencing, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia's royal court says Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman underwent a successful surgery for appendicitis on Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021, and left the hospital soon after the operation. The 35-year-old Prince Mohammed had laparoscopic surgery at the King Faisal Specialist Hospital in the Saudi capital of Riyadh in the morning. But the public rebuke of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is still a touchstone in U.S-Saudi relations. Saudi officials have said Khashoggi’s killing was the work of rogue Saudi security and intelligence officials.
Ties with Saudis at stake as US releases findings on killing
President Joe Biden is expected to speak to Saudi King Salman for the first time in Bidens just over a month-old administration. The language came in contrast to Biden's pledge as a candidate to make Saudi Arabia “a pariah” over the killing. The Saudi Arabia Embassy spokesman in Washington did not immediately respond to a request for comment Thursday. U.S. intelligence findings are coming out more than two years after Khashoggi walked hand-in-hand with his fiancee to the Saudi consulate in Turkey. Once in office, Biden said he would maintain whatever scale of relations with Saudi Arabia that U.S. interests required.
Oscars shortlist includes ‘Collective' and ‘MLK/FBI'
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on Wednesday unveiled its shortlists for several categories, including documentary feature, international feature, original song, original score, visual effects and makeup and hairstyling. Titles as diverse as “Tenet” (for score and visual effects), “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm” (for the original song “Wuhan Flu”), “Eurovision Song Contest” (for song) and “Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Story” (for score, song and makeup) are in the initial mix. The Korean American film “Minari," which was controversially nominated for a foreign language Golden Globe, was not eligible in the same category for the Oscars. Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross could find themselves double nominees, as both “Soul” and “Mank” were shortlisted for original score. Winners will be announced at the 93rd Oscars on Sunday, April 25, which will be telecast live on ABC.
Pariah with benefits: US aiding Saudi defense despite chill
(AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)As a presidential candidate, Joe Biden laid out a tougher line on Saudi Arabia than any U.S. president in decades. He said he would make the kingdom “pay the price” for human rights abuses and “make them in fact the pariah that they are.”But if Biden is making Saudi Arabia a pariah now, it's a pariah with benefits. U.S. leaders also see Saudi Arabia as a regional counterweight to Iran. The administration already had said it was pausing the Trump administration's sale of precision-guided munitions to Saudi Arabia. AdInternational criticism of Saudi Arabia has mounted since 2015, under King Salman and his son, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
US exploring new bases in Saudi Arabia amid Iran tensions
The U.S. military is exploring the possibility using a Red Sea port in Saudi Arabia and an additional two airfields there amid heightened tensions with Iran, the military said Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021. Saudi Arabia and the U.S. have blamed that attack, which temporarily halved Saudi oil production and saw a spike in oil prices, on Iran. Already, Saudi Arabia paid for improvements at the sites and are considering more, Urban said. Former President Donald Trump also deployed the first troops into Saudi Arabia since 9/11 over concerns about Iran. It remains unclear how Biden's relationship with Saudi Arabia will be during his presidency.
Amnesty critical of FIFA leader starring in Saudi PR video
Infantino overlooked FIFA's own significant issues with Saudi Arabia in the meeting with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. That has not happened with beIN, which owns the rights to World Cup matches across the Middle East, outlawed in Saudi Arabia. FIFA did not say if Infantino challenged Prince Mohammed on human rights issues in Saudi, given the governing body's own code. Scrutiny over Infantino's links to Saudi Arabia in 2018 led to FIFA offering assurances that no nation would be allowed to fund its plans for new competitions. The takeover collapsed amid concerns about piracy and human rights complaints.
Khashoggi doc, too explosive for streaming, debuts on-demand
(Photo by Taylor Jewell/Invision/AP, File)NEW YORK – Even before “The Dissident” made its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, director Bryan Fogel had a sense that his explosive Jamal Khashoggi documentary was going to be a tough sell. The film, available on-demand this week, was one of the most anticipated of last January's Sundance. The audience at Sundance included Hillary Clinton, Alec Baldwin and Reed Hastings, the Netflix chief executive. Mohammed denied Saudi Arabia was behind the murder, then eventually granted it was carried out by agents of the Saudi government. “Ultimately, those risk assessments took the place of whether or not their couple hundred million subscribers would like to see this film,” Fogel says.
Report: gov't spyware targets phones of Al-Jazeera reporters
FILE - In this June 8, 2017 file photo, Al-Jazeera staff work at their TV station in Doha, Qatar. Citizen Lab, which has been tracking NSO spyware for four years, tied the attacks “with medium confidence” to the Emirati and Saudi governments, based on their past targeting of dissidents at home and abroad with the same spyware. Prior to Sunday’s report, NSO’s spyware has repeatedly been found deployed to hack journalists, lawyers, human rights defenders and dissidents. “It’s not only very scary, but it’s the holy grail of phone hacking,” said Bill Marczak, a senior researcher at Citizen Lab. The Citizen Lab researchers connected the hacks to previously identified Pegasus operators in attacks attributed to Saudi Arabia and the UAE over the last four years.
Family of slain Saudi journalist sues Saudi Crown Prince
WASHINGTON – The family of slain Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi has filed a federal lawsuit accusing Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of personally ordering Khashoggi's brutal execution in order to silence the high-profile government critic. It names Prince Mohammed and a host of Saudi Ministry of Interior officials, accusing them of a “brutal and brazen crime” that was the result of “weeks of planning" and premeditation. Saudi officials initially offering conflicting accounts, including claiming that Khashoggi had left the building unharmed. In September, a Saudi court issued a final verdict sentencing five mid-level officials and operatives to 20-year jail sentences. The Saudi court did not implicate Prince Mohammed or other senior Interior Ministry officials.
China and Russia win seats on UN rights council, Saudis lose
TANZANIA – China, Russia and Cuba won seats on the U.N.’s premiere human rights body Tuesday despite opposition from activist groups over their abysmal human rights records, but another target, Saudi Arabia, lost. Russia and Cuba were running unopposed, but China and Saudi Arabia were in a five-way race in the only contested race for seats on the Human Rights Council. The Geneva-based rights organization published a 30-page joint report with the Human Rights Foundation and the Raoul Wallenberg Center for Human Rights evaluating candidates for council seats. The Geneva-based Human Rights Council can spotlight abuses and has special monitors watching certain countries and issues. He said the U.S. has taken its own actions to punish “human rights abusers in Xinjiang, Myanmar, Iran, and elsewhere.”Israel’s U.N.
Activists seek justice on anniversary of Khashoggi killing
People hold posters of slain Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, near the Saudi Arabia consulate in Istanbul, marking the two-year anniversary of his death, Friday, Oct. 2, 2020. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)ISTANBUL – Journalists and human rights activists called for justice for Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi on Friday, the second anniversary of The Washington Post columnist's brutal killing inside his country’s consulate in Istanbul. Dozens of activists gathered at a memorial erected in Khashoggi's honor near the Saudi Consulate building in the Turkish city. The activists denounced the journalist's slaying, which cast a shadow over the reputation of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, and criminal proceedings in Saudi Arabia as inadequate. “Two years have passed since Jamal Khashoggi was murdered, yet Saudi Arabia has failed to name or hold responsible the mastermind behind the killing,” IPI Executive Director Barbara Trionfi said.
Saudi Arabia: G-20 gathering of world leaders to be virtual
DUBAI – Saudi Arabia, which is presiding over the Group of 20 countries this year, said Monday that the upcoming November gathering of world leaders will be held virtually amid the coronavirus pandemic. Saudi Arabia said the virtual summit Nov. 21-22 will be chaired by King Salman. The leaders of the G-20 last met virtually in March in a session hosted by King Salman. Rights groups and others had called for world leaders to boycott the summit in Saudi Arabia due to Khashoggi's killing, the kingdom’s human rights record and its continued detention of activists. Failing that, she said, it should be made conditional that Saudi Arabia releases imprisoned women’s rights defenders, human rights activists, journalists and others.
Saudi king's rare address to UN showcases monarch in charge
In this image made from UNTV video, King Salman of Saudi Arabia, speaks in a pre-recorded message which was played during the 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly, Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020, at UN headquarters. In delivering his remarks, he became only the second Saudi king to deliver a speech to the world assembly. And like his brother's speech 63 years prior, King Salman noted the sacred role of Islam in Saudi Arabia and the importance that entails. Saudi rivals Turkey and Iran also profess to champion Muslim causes worldwide as part of a broader struggle for leadership of Muslims globally. King Salman has backed his son by elevating him from near obscurity and handing him day-to-day decision making powers.