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    Turkey: Saudi Arabia Planned Khashoggi Killing

    In an address today, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan blamed the Saudi government for orchestrating the “brutal” murder of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who disappeared this month inside the kingdom’s Istanbul consulate. Erdogan’s comments came after the White House sent CIA Director Gina Haspel to Turkey to help investigate the case and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin to Riyadh to meet Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Erdogan also called on the Saudi government — which has claimed Khashoggi’s killing was accidental — to extradite 18 suspects Turkish authorities believe are responsible for his death.

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