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US State Department: No conclusion yet on Khashoggi killing

By: VOA News Source: VOA News The U.S. State Department said Saturday that the government had not reached a conclusion about the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. The Trump administration took issue with reports that, according to the Central Intelligence Agency, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the killing of Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist. The State Department called such reports “inaccurate.” CIA Director Gina Haspel and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo briefed President Donald Trump on the Khashoggi case by phone Saturday as he was en route to California. Later, while touring wildfire devastation in Southern California, Trump told reporters the U.S....

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Turkey: Khashoggi recordings shared with Saudi, US, and others

By: VOA News Source: VOA News Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Saturday he has shared recordings of the death of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi with Britain, France, Germany, Saudi Arabia and the United States. There was no immediate confirmation from the five countries that they had received the recordings. Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said earlier this week his government has more information about the killing and that it likely will make the evidence public after investigations of his death have been completed. Speaking during a trip to Japan, Cavusoglu told reporters that Turkey said Saudi Arabia and other countries interested in the information have been...

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Tukey-US tensions ease after Pastor’s release

By: Middle East Eye Source: Middle East Eye Turkey and the United States have lifted tit-for-tat sanctions that were imposed on officials from their respective countries, in a sign of easing tensions between the NATO allies following the release of a US pastor jailed in Turkey. On Friday, Turkey’s foreign ministry spokesperson, Hami Aksoy, said Ankara would lift sanctions on US Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Kirstjen Nielsen, the US secretary of homeland security. The move came after the US Treasury announced its own plan to lift sanctions on the Turkish justice and interior ministers, Abdulhamit Gul and Suleyman Soylu. The US sanctions were imposed under the 2016 Global...

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