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    Trump Backs Saudi Arabia on Khashoggi Case

    After warning of “severe punishment” if the kingdom was found responsible for killing Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi, President Donald Trump changed tack yesterday. He downplayed allegations that the Saudi government was involved, comparing them to the sexual assault accusations against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. Meanwhile, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo flew to Ankara Wednesday for talks with Turkish officials — who claim Khashoggi was murdered inside the kingdom’s consulate in Istanbul — as reports emerged that 11 of the 15 suspects in the journalist’s disappearance have ties to Saudi security services.

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