BRITISH FOREIGN Secretary Jeremy Hunt Visits Saudi Arabia For Talks With King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman Over The Murdered Journalist Jamal Khashoggi; Yemen Crisis

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Turkish officials accuse Saudi Arabia of murdering Khashoggi, 59,…

© AFP/File | Jeremy Hunt’s visit comes amid an international diplomatic crisis over the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi

LONDON (AFP)|AIWA! NO!|-British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt will visit Saudi Arabia on Monday where he will press King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman over the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

During a trip to the region that includes a visit to the United Arab Emirates, Hunt will also seek to build support for UN efforts to end the conflict in Yemen, the Foreign Office said.

His visit comes amid an international diplomatic crisis over the murder of Saudi journalist Khashoggi, a US resident, at his country’s consulate in Istanbul in October.Jamal Khashoggi was reported missing last week

“The international community remain united in horror and outrage at the brutal murder of Jamal Khashoggi one month ago,” said Hunt, who will also meet Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir.

“It is clearly unacceptable that the full circumstances behind his murder still remain unclear.

“We encourage the Saudi authorities to co-operate fully with the Turkish investigation into his death, so that we deliver justice for his family and the watching world.”

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During his brief visit to the Gulf, Hunt will also meet Abu Dhabi’s Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, Yemeni Vice President Ali Mohsen al-Ahmar and Yemeni Foreign Minister Khaled al-Yamani.

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British ambassador: United Kingdom disappointed with the US

The British ambassador to the United States Kim Darroch criticized the US unilateral sanctions against Iran

Tehran, Nov 10, IRNA|AIWA! NO!|- British ambassador to the United States Kim Darroch criticized unilateral sanctions against Iran, and said that London was disappointed with the US government.

“We are disappointed that the United States has withdrawn from Iran nuclear deal and re-imposed anti-Iran sanctions,’ he said in an interview with CBS News.

In another part of his remarks about Donald Trump’s government policies and his specialties, including the extreme use of social networks, Darroch said, “We need to work with foreign advisors of the United States and check Twitter.”

He refrained from answering a question about the impact of Trump’s policies on the European countries, “What should be seen is how the US-EU relations will continue.”

The European Union has repeatedly blamed the United States for its withdrawal from the 2015 Nuclear Deal and rebuffed sanctions against Iran in recent months.

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan: “Recording of dying Saudi journalist Khashoggi as he was killed in Istanbul shared with Saudi Arabia, Britain, France, and Germany in addition to the United States.”

The tape of Khashoggi’s killing has been given to U.S., Saudi, Europeans, Erdogan says

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan addresses members of parliament in Ankara on Oct. 23. (Tumay Berkin/Reuters)

|LOVEDAY MORRIS, The Washington Post|AIWA! NO!| An audio recording that Turkish officials say captures the dying moments of journalist Jamal Khashoggi as he is killed in the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul has been shared with Saudi Arabia, Britain, France and Germany in addition to the United States, the Turkish president said Saturday. 

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan spoke at Ankara airport before departing for Paris for commemorations to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I.

“We gave it to Saudi Arabia,” he said of the recording. “We gave it to America. To the Germans, French, English, we gave it to all of them.”

Turkey has not said how it has a recording from inside the consulate.

Khashoggi, a contributor to The Washington Post World Opinions section, was killed at the Saudi Arabia Consulate in Istanbul on Oct. 2 as he went to collect a document he needed to get married. Turkey has said the killing was carried out by a 15-man Saudi hit squad that traveled to Istanbul from Saudi Arabia to kill him.

Erdogan has previously said the orders came from the “highest levels” of the Saudi government.

Saudi Journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s sons express faith in King Salman

Khashoggi’s sons express faith in King Salman. Salah and Abdullah said that all they want now is to bury their father in Al-Baqi cemetery in Madinah with the rest of his family, pointing out that they had talked about that with the Saudi authorities and hoped that it would happen soon.

Salah Khashoggi, 35, and his sibling Abdullah, 33, spoke to CNN
|AIWA! NO!|The sons of the deceased Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi expressed their faith in the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdul Aziz and the prosecution of everybody involved in the case.

Salah Khasoggi, 35, and his sibling Abdullah, 33, spoke to CNN in a first sit-down interview since the death of their father a month ago.

“The king has stressed that everybody involved will be brought to justice and we have faith that will happen. Otherwise Saudi Arabia would not have started an internal investigation,” Salah Khashoggi told CNN.

Salah said his handshake with the Crown Prince shortly before he left the Kingdom was widely misinterpreted.

“I mean there was nothing, they were just over analyzing the whole situation,” Salah said. “I understand why they’re trying to do that. They are trying to get as much information as they can out of anything, which is something that we are also doing. Sometimes they are just baseless claims; sometimes they just do not make any sense. We are waiting for the investigation to be over.”

Salah and Abdullah said that all they want now is to bury their father in Al-Baqi cemetery in Madinah with the rest of his family, pointing out that they had talked about that with the Saudi authorities and hoped that it would happen soon.

Salah and Abdullah said their father has been misunderstood and intentionally misrepresented for political reasons.

“Jamal was a moderate person. Everybody liked him. He was an “amazing” father. I see a lot of people coming out right now and trying to claim his legacy and unfortunately some of them are using that in a political way that we totally don’t agree with.”

“Jamal was never a dissident. He believed in the monarchy that it is the thing that is keeping the country together. And he believed in the transformation that it is going through.” Salah said.

Salah said he relies on news reports for updates about the investigation into his father’s death.

“Our source is the same source that you have. It is a mystery. This is putting a lot of burden on us — all of us. That everybody is seeking for information just as we do. They think that we have answers, and unfortunately we don’t,” Salah said.

Abdullah Khashoggi, who lives in the United Arab Emirates, said he was the last of the family to see his father. He met him in Turkey and spent some time with him, adding that his father was planning to leave Washington area and move to Turkey to stay close to his children and grandchildren.

That he will return to Saudi Arabia soon to his banking in the city of Jeddah.

Salah said he would go back to his banking job in Jeddah very soon

Saudi Arabia Sent 11-Member ‘Cover-Up Team’ To Dispose Journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s Body: Report

11-Member Saudi ‘Cover-Up Team’ Ordered To Dispose Jamal Khashoggi’s Body: Report

AIWA! NO!According to a report in Sabah daily, Saudi Arabia sent an 11-member “cover-up team” to Istanbul on October 11, nine days after Khashoggi vanished after entering the diplomatic compound to obtain paperwork for his marriage.
Saudi Arabia Sent 11-Member 'Cover-Up Team' To Dispose Off Jamal Khashoggi's Body: Report
A man wears a mask of Saudi Arabia Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman during a protest outside of Saudi Arabia’s Embassy about the now confirmed killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Washington.
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A chemist and a toxicology expert were deployed by Saudi Arabia to Istanbul in order to cover up evidence of the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, a Turkish newspaper reported on Monday.

The murder of the Saudi royal-insider-turned critic inside Saudi Arabia’s consulate in Istanbul has provoked widespread international outrage.

Turkish authorities have released gruesome details of a killing that President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said was a targeted hit.

While Riyadh officials have admitted the murder was planned, they have so far declined to release details of the whereabouts of the 59-year-old journalist’s missing body.

According to Turkey’s pro-government Sabah daily, Saudi Arabia sent an 11-member “cover-up team” to Istanbul on October 11, nine days after theWashington Post contributor vanished after entering the diplomatic compound to obtain paperwork for his marriage.

The paper said chemist Ahmad Abdulaziz Aljanobi and toxicology expert Khaled Yahya Al Zahrani were among “the so-called investigative team”, which visited the consulate every day until October 17, before leaving Turkey on October 20.

Saudi Arabia finally allowed Turkish police to search the consulate for the first time on October 15.

Turkey’s chief prosecutor said last week that Khashoggi’s body was “dissolved” after he was murdered and dismembered in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul a month ago, an advisor to

The claim echoed what a Turkish official had told the Washington Post — for which Khashoggi was a contributor — that authorities are investigating a theory the body was destroyed in acid.

Yasin Aktay, an advisor to Erdogan, hinted in an article published on Friday that the body may even have been destroyed in acid.

In an editorial published in The Washington Post, Erdogan accused authorities in Riyadh of refusing to answer key questions about the murder, despite their arrest of 18 suspects a fortnight ago.

He said the order to murder the journalist came from “the highest levels” of the Saudi government, adding that he did “not believe for a second” that King Salman was to blame.

But he pointedly failed to absolve Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of responsibility for unleashing a “death squad” against the outspoken Saudi journalist.

The murder has badly tainted the kingdom’s de facto ruler.

Saudi Attorney General Sheikh Saud al-Mojeb met with Turkish authorities last week in Istanbul but refused to share information from Riyadh’s own investigation, according to Turkish officials.

Saudi authorities have also denied Turkish police permission to search a well in the consulate’s garden, but did allow them to take water samples for analysis, according to local media reports.

The murder has placed strain on the decades-old alliance between the United States and Saudi Arabia and tarnished the image of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the kingdom’s de facto ruler.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Thursday it may take “a handful more weeks” before Washington has enough evidence to impose sanctions on the individuals responsible.

AFP

YEMEN – “A child dies every 10 minutes”

UNICEF: ‘A child dies every 10 minutes in Yemen’

|AIWA! NO!|BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Yemen has become “a living hell for children” with about 30,000 children dying each year from malnutrition and easily preventable diseases, said Geert Cappelaere, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa.
Cappelaere spoke during a news conference in Amman, on Sunday, after visiting Yemen that “Yemen is today a living hell — not for 50 to 60% of the children — it is a living hell for every boy and girl in Yemen.”
According to UNICEF, 1.8 million Yemeni children under the age of five suffer from acute malnutrition and each day 400,000 from severe acute malnutrition.
Cappelaere also said that “30,000 children die of malnutrition each year in Yemen,” adding “while a child dies every 10 minutes from easily preventable diseases.”
Upon Cappelaere’s visit to al-Thawra hospital, the only remaining referral hospital in al-Hudayda, he noted that “half of Yemen’s under-age-five children are chronically malnourished and more than a million pregnant or lactating women are anemic.”
“When giving birth, these women know that their children will be of low birth weight, starting that cycle of malnutrition and leading to chronic malnutrition and all the health consequences for these boys and girls.”
He stressed the figures were “a reminder for all of us to realize how dire the situation has become.”
Cappelaere called on the warring parties to join proposed peace talks later this month and agree to a ceasefire and a road to peace for Yemen, which “is incredibly needed.”
Despite growing international pressure to end a conflict that has left Yemen on the brink of famine, fighting has intensified in the rebel-held Red Sea port city of Hodeida, which is the entry point of more than 70% of imports into Yemen, leading to the appeal for peace talks.
Meanwhile, Angelina Jolie, the Special Envoy for the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) called for an urgent and lasting ceasefire to the Yemen conflict, and advocated for vitally-needed support for Yemeni refugees globally. Jolie stressed “As an international community we have been shamefully slow to act to end the crisis in Yemen.”
She added “We have watched the situation deteriorate to the point that Yemen is now on the brink of man-made famine and facing the worst cholera epidemic in the world in decades.”

SAUDI JOURNALIST MURDER: Why we still can’t stop talking about Jamal Khashoggi

Why we still can’t stop talking about Jamal Khashoggi

Criticism of coverage of one victim of the Saudi elite is misplaced. In fact it stops the rest being reduced to statistics.

Hatice Cengiz, fiancee of the late Jamal Khashoggi, delivers a prerecorded message at a ceremony on 2 November in Washington, DC.
 Hatice Cengiz, fiancee of the late Jamal Khashoggi, delivers a prerecorded message at a ceremony on 2 November in Washington DC. Photograph: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images

failed to call it. The day after Jamal Khashoggi disappeared, I told editors that the story, unfortunately, would not hold attention for more than two or three days, so jaded was I with how Saudi’s brutality had become normalised.

It is now more than a month since Khashoggi entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, never to be seen again, but his killing has scarcely been out of the headlines since. It has focused attention on Saudi Arabia in ways that activists, journalists, human rights organisers and politicians have desperately tried but failed to do for years.

This is not because Khashoggi was a journalist and that the media always raise the alarm for one of their own tribe. Numerous journalists have been killed or abducted whose stories never captured the press’s – never mind the public’s – attention like the death of Khashoggi. And it is not because he was particularly high-profile. He was certainly networked in media circles but was far from a household name.

He was also not an opposition leader. There are other, more outspoken, politically organised Saudis in political exile who were more likely targets for the royal family’s ire. His self-imposed exile raised eyebrows in the Arab world for those who follow the twists and turns of Saudi politics, but beyond that did not register on a wider scale. Despite his decamping to the US, Khashoggi was regarded as a friendly critic of the Saudi government who weighed his words carefully, never advocated regime change, and was in regular contact with senior members of the royal family. For someone who was really known only among the inner circles of politics and media, it made little sense that within days of his disappearance everyone, everywhere, seemed to be talking about him.

There was something about this event, something that landed in a way that no one could have anticipated. There was an element of shocking betrayal; to be murdered in one’s own consulate, a place of refuge in a foreign land, was akin to being murdered in a church. To be lured, then stung. It was a violation of amnesty that made it more sickening than if he had been liquidated randomly on the streets of Istanbul. It was reminiscent of Saddam Hussein’s amnesty to his two sons-in-law who had fled the country, only to be assassinated the moment they returned.

 Fiancee says Jamal Khashoggi was worried about visiting Saudi consulate – video

On the back of his murder, other atrocities committed by the Saudi regime have come into clearer focus. Arms deals with the kingdom are under greater scrutiny, with Germany halting future sales. The war in Yemen, which Saudi critics have been trying to call attention to for years, is suddenly higher up the agenda. Reporting from the ground has amplified the voices of doctors tending to starving children, incensed at how Khashoggi’s murder received so much of the airtime that they would be grateful for scraps of. “We’re surprised the Khashoggi case is getting so much attention while millions of Yemeni children are suffering,” a doctor told the New York Times. “Nobody gives a damn about them.” Last week, the US called for a “cessation of hostilities” in the Yemen war to be implemented within 30 days.

We cannot anticipate what horrors make an impact with the public and thus their governments. There is a certain spot, an intersection of moral abhorrence and personalisation, that unlocks sympathy and outrage. It is, of course, a failure that the world has not paid enough attention to the war in Yemen, but it is also a feature of human psychology, one that allows us to process the death of one known person, rather than millions of anonymous ones.

Jamal Khashoggi was the equivalent of the little girl in the red coat in Steven Spielberg’s Schindler’s List. The film was shot entirely in black and white, but a single girl was in colour, taken away from home with her family, playing in the mud in a concentration camp, and then piled up lifeless with other bodies on a cart. The technique identified the single story among millions, sharpening and humanising it to highlight what psychologists call “collapse of compassion”, our natural tendency to turn away from mass suffering.

It is why images of distressed individuals sear themselves in history’s eye, rather than all the mass of detail that is known about a war or a famine. It is why one individual can spark national uprisings, why the Tunisian vegetable seller Mohammed Bouazizi setting himself on fire unleashed passions across the Arab world, and why the trials of the thousands of incarcerated or tortured did not.

 Nesrine Malik is a Guardian columnist

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