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    Jared Kushner now faces a reckoning for Trump's bet on the Saudi heir

    Jared Kushner now faces a reckoning for Trump's bet on the Saudi heir


    When US President Donald Trump chose Riyadh to make his debut on the world stage last year, he was placing a bet on Saudi Arabia, which serenaded him with military bands, dazzled him with a flyover of fighter jets and regaled him with a traditional sword...

    When US President Donald Trump chose Riyadh to make his debut on the world stage last year, he was placing a bet on Saudi Arabia, which serenaded him with military bands, dazzled him with a flyover of fighter jets and regaled him with a traditional sword dance.
    Khashoggi’s fiancee will only visit the White House if Trump investigates

    Khashoggi’s fiancee will only visit the White House if Trump investigates


    Missing Saudi Arabian journalist Jamal Khashoggi's Turkish fiancee Hatice Cengiz says she will only accept United States President Donald Trump's invitation to the White House if he investigates her...


    Missing Saudi Arabian journalist Jamal Khashoggi's Turkish fiancee Hatice Cengiz says she will only accept United States President Donald Trump's invitation to the White House if he investigates her fiance's disappearance.
    Will Saudis use oil price as a weapon over Khashoggi disappearance accusations?

    Will Saudis use oil price as a weapon over Khashoggi disappearance accusations?


    Saudi Arabia has warned that it will respond to threats and political pressure with tough measures of its own after US President Donald Trump said the oil-rich kingdom deserves "severe punishment" if responsible for the disappearance and suspected...

    Saudi Arabia has warned that it will respond to threats and political pressure with tough measures of its own after US President Donald Trump said the oil-rich kingdom deserves "severe punishment" if responsible for the disappearance and suspected murder of Washington Post contributor Jamal Khashoggi.
    Saudi crown prince's carefully managed rise hides dark side

    Saudi crown prince's carefully managed rise hides dark side


    In a kingdom once ruled by an ever-aging rotation of elderly monarchs, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman stands out as the youthful face of a youthful...

    In a kingdom once ruled by an ever-aging rotation of elderly monarchs, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman stands out as the youthful face of a youthful nation.
    Kiwi activists respond to Israel Lorde fine

    Kiwi activists respond to Israel Lorde fine


    Two New Zealand activists have raised thousands of dollars for mental health in Gaza after an Israeli court ordered them to pay damages for writing an open letter that convinced singer Lorde to cancel her show in Tel...

    Two New Zealand activists have raised thousands of dollars for mental health in Gaza after an Israeli court ordered them to pay damages for writing an open letter that convinced singer Lorde to cancel her show in Tel Aviv.
    Trump vows 'severe punishment' if US determines Saudi Arabia killed Jamal Khashoggi

    Trump vows 'severe punishment' if US determines Saudi Arabia killed Jamal Khashoggi


    US President Donald Trump vowed "severe punishment" for Saudi Arabia if the United States determines that Saudi agents killed Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi, calling the journalist's suspected murder "really terrible and...

    US President Donald Trump vowed "severe punishment" for Saudi Arabia if the United States determines that Saudi agents killed Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi, calling the journalist's suspected murder "really terrible and disgusting."
    Turks tell US officials they have audio and video recordings that support conclusion Khashoggi was killed

    Turks tell US officials they have audio and video recordings that support conclusion Khashoggi was killed


    The Turkish government has told US officials that it has audio and video recordings that prove Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi was killed in Istanbul, according to US and Turkish...

    The Turkish government has told US officials that it has audio and video recordings that prove Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi was killed in Istanbul, according to US and Turkish officials.
    Trump implies Jamal Khashoggi is dead, but won't cut sales to Saudis

    Trump implies Jamal Khashoggi is dead, but won't cut sales to Saudis


    US President Donald Trump has implied that Jamal Khashoggi, the missing journalist, has been murdered, saying it "certainly doesn't look like he's around", but said he would not cut arms sales to Saudi Arabia even if the kingdom was responsible for...

    US President Donald Trump has implied that Jamal Khashoggi, the missing journalist, has been murdered, saying it "certainly doesn't look like he's around", but said he would not cut arms sales to Saudi Arabia even if the kingdom was responsible for Khashoggi's death.
    Crown prince 'tried to lure Khashoggi to Saudi Arabia'

    Crown prince 'tried to lure Khashoggi to Saudi Arabia'


    The crown prince of Saudi Arabia, Mohammed bin Salman, ordered an operation to lure Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi back to Saudi Arabia from his home in Virginia and then detain him, according to US intelligence intercepts of Saudi officials...

    The crown prince of Saudi Arabia, Mohammed bin Salman, ordered an operation to lure Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi back to Saudi Arabia from his home in Virginia and then detain him, according to US intelligence intercepts of Saudi officials discussing the plan.
    Saudis lay in wait for reporter Khashoggi and left Turkey quickly, sources say

    Saudis lay in wait for reporter Khashoggi and left Turkey quickly, sources say


    As Jamal Khashoggi prepared to enter the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2, a squad of men from Saudi Arabia who investigators suspect played a role in his disappearance was ready and in...

    As Jamal Khashoggi prepared to enter the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2, a squad of men from Saudi Arabia who investigators suspect played a role in his disappearance was ready and in place.
    Please, US President Donald Trump, shed light on my fiance's disappearance

    Please, US President Donald Trump, shed light on my fiance's disappearance


    OPINION: ​More than a week has passed since our last meeting outside the consulate of Saudi Arabia, before Jamal Khashoggi's disappearance became global news. We were in the middle of making wedding plans, life plans. After the consulate, we were going...

    OPINION: ​More than a week has passed since our last meeting outside the consulate of Saudi Arabia, before Jamal Khashoggi's disappearance became global news. We were in the middle of making wedding plans, life plans. After the consulate, we were going to buy appliances for our new home and set a date. All we needed was a piece of paper.
    Journalist disappearance: Turkey demands Saudis prove Khashoggi left consulate

    Journalist disappearance: Turkey demands Saudis prove Khashoggi left consulate


    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has demanded that Saudi Arabia prove that journalist Jamal Khashoggi left the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on his own as Saudi officials have repeatedly asserted after he disappeared last week while inside the...

    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has demanded that Saudi Arabia prove that journalist Jamal Khashoggi left the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on his own as Saudi officials have repeatedly asserted after he disappeared last week while inside the mission.
    Saudi journalist believed 'killed' at consulate in Istanbul

    Saudi journalist believed 'killed' at consulate in Istanbul


    Turkey's president won't confirm reports prominent journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who went missing after reportedly visiting the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul, was killed by a murder squad, but calls the disappearance "very, very...

    Turkey's president won't confirm reports prominent journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who went missing after reportedly visiting the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul, was killed by a murder squad, but calls the disappearance "very, very upsetting".
    Ayatollah's solution to sexual harassment and assault is to wear a hijab

    Ayatollah's solution to sexual harassment and assault is to wear a hijab


    On the first anniversary of the global #MeToo movement, Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, declared a solution for Western women facing sexual harassment: wear a...

    On the first anniversary of the global #MeToo movement, Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, declared a solution for Western women facing sexual harassment: wear a hijab.
    Anti-rape activists Denis Mukwege and Nadia Murad awarded Nobel Peace Prize

    Anti-rape activists Denis Mukwege and Nadia Murad awarded Nobel Peace Prize


    A Congolese doctor who treats rape victims and an Iraqi woman who speaks out for those - like herself - who were raped and tortured by the Islamic State group won the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for their work to end the use of sexual violence as a...

    A Congolese doctor who treats rape victims and an Iraqi woman who speaks out for those - like herself - who were raped and tortured by the Islamic State group won the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for their work to end the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war.
    Mystery surrounding missing Saudi writer deepens

    Mystery surrounding missing Saudi writer deepens


    The mystery surrounding the whereabouts of missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi has deepened with Turkish officials saying he was still inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, contradicting a Saudi government statement that he had left it a day...

    The mystery surrounding the whereabouts of missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi has deepened with Turkish officials saying he was still inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, contradicting a Saudi government statement that he had left it a day earlier.
    US terminates 1955 treaty with Iran after UN court ruling to lift sanctions

    US terminates 1955 treaty with Iran after UN court ruling to lift sanctions


    In response to a UN court order that the US lift sanctions on Iran, the Trump administration said on Wednesday (Thursday NZ Time) it was terminating a decades-old treaty affirming friendly relations between the two...

    In response to a UN court order that the US lift sanctions on Iran, the Trump administration said on Wednesday (Thursday NZ Time) it was terminating a decades-old treaty affirming friendly relations between the two countries.
    Iran Guard launch missiles into Syria over parade attack

    Iran Guard launch missiles into Syria over parade attack


    Iran's paramilitary Revolutionary Guard said Monday it launched ballistic missiles into eastern Syria, targeting militants whom the force has blamed for a recent attack on a military parade in...

    Iran's paramilitary Revolutionary Guard said Monday it launched ballistic missiles into eastern Syria, targeting militants whom the force has blamed for a recent attack on a military parade in Iran.
    Syria at UN: 'Our battle against terrorism is almost over'

    Syria at UN: 'Our battle against terrorism is almost over'


    Syria's top diplomat told the world his country's "battle against terrorism is almost over'' after more than seven years of civil war, as an envoy from another of the planet's most troubled spots -North Korea -prepared to address the UN General...

    Syria's top diplomat told the world his country's "battle against terrorism is almost over'' after more than seven years of civil war, as an envoy from another of the planet's most troubled spots -North Korea -prepared to address the UN General Assembly.