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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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Brazilian pilot converts during flight in Saudi Arabia

By: RT Source: RT A Brazilian pilot is making headlines in the Arab world after he reportedly took a brief break from guiding the plane to convert to Islam as he flew a passenger jet above Saudi Arabia. Captain Amalo, a Brazilian pilot for an unidentified airline, was filmed reciting the Shahada, an Islamic creed accepting the religion, in tandem with a colleague as they operated the controls of an aircraft. Mid-air shahada: Brazilian pilot converts to Islam flying over Saudi Arabia at the altitude of 18,000 ft (5486,4 m) — RT (@RT_com) November 17, 2018 According to El Balad news, footage of the pilot taking the important Islamic oath was taken in the cockpit...

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Hamas announces cease-fire mediated by Egypt

By: AFP Source: France24 Palestinian militant groups in the Gaza Strip announced an Egyptian-brokered ceasefire with Israel on Tuesday after a severe escalation of violence threatened to descend into full-blown war. The groups, including Hamas, said in a statement they would abide by the ceasefire as long as Israel did the same. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office and the military have yet to comment on the announcement. But Israel’s hardline defence minister, Avigdor Lieberman, said he did not support stopping the strikes. “Egypt’s efforts have been able to achieve a ceasefire between the resistance and the Zionist enemy,” the Gaza groups said. “The resistance will respect...

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