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  • [Top Story]Has Trump Met the Burden of Proof for Ripping Up an Arms Deal With Russia?10/23 08:50

    Citing classified intelligence, President Donald Trump revealed the intention to withdraw from an arms control treaty with Russia.......Search More News

  • [World News]Truck, van with smuggled petrol collide in Pakistan, kill 710/23 08:00

    Pakistani police: Truck, van with smuggled gasoline collide in southwestern Baluchistan province, killing 7 people......Search More News

  • [Technology]AI painting to go under the hammer10/23 07:21

    A painting created by artificial intelligence will be auctioned by Christie's this week.......Search More News

  • [Technology]Honda wants to prove robots can help you, not kill you10/23 03:51

    Honda wants to change your perception of robots. And it's hoping to do so with four new concept robots.......Search More News

  • [Top Story]Has Trump Met the Burden of Proof for Ripping Up an Arms Deal With Russia? - TIME10/23 03:21

    TIMEHas Trump Met the Burden of Proof for Ripping Up an Arms Deal With Russia?TIMECiting classified intelligence information, President Donald Trump revealed the U.S. government's intention to withdraw from a landmark arms control treaty with Russia that has kept mid-range nuclear-tipped missiles off the European continent for three ...Cold War arms pact hangs in the balance as Bolton meets with PutinWashington PostArms Control for DummiesWall Street JournalUS exit from nuclear treaty could spark countermeasuresPBS NewsHourBloomberg -US Department of State -USA TODAYall 418 news articles »......Search More News

  • [Top Story]Why did this lioness kill the father of her cubs?10/23 02:51

    We ask the experts to share their theories on why a lioness killed her zoo companion of eight years.......Search More News

  • [World News]The Latest: Russian dismisses US claim of treaty violations10/23 01:30

    Russia is calling U.S. accusations that it isn't complying with a 1987 nuclear weapons treaty "groundless" and says its claims of U.S. violations of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty are "justified"......Search More News

  • [Top Story]From blackmailing princes to murdering journalists: how Saudi Arabia’s spy network has expanded under Mohammed bin Salman10/22 15:40

    Inside the Georgian mansion in Mayfair that houses Saudi Arabia’s embassy in London, two offices of Saudi intelligence operatives are busy at work.  The first office belongs to the General Intelligence Presidency, Saudi Arabia’s foreign intelligence agency. Its staff are engaged in the “normal” work of spies, meeting with MI6 to discuss Britain and Saudi Arabia’s shared fight against al-Qaeda or to swap secrets on Iran.  The second office has a darker purpose. There the staff of the Mabahith, Saudi Arabia’s secret police, are tracking people of interest inside the UK.  Its operatives are watching obvious targets like Saudi dissidents who have gone into exile in Britain, or London-based Islamists whose ideology is seen as a threat to Saudi Arabia’s absolute monarchy. But they are also keeping tabs on Arab businessmen and the decadent lives of Gulf royals living the UK. The Mabahith’s spies are especially interested in compromising material they can use as blackmail to further Riyadh’s interests.       “These guys gather the dirt and they hold it until directed,” said a former Saudi embassy employee, who spoke on condition of anonymity. “They want to know who is sleeping with who, who is drinking and doing drugs, who is spending money they don’t have.”  Saudi spies and secret police work out of the kingdom's embassy in London Credit: Photo by Jack Taylor/Getty Images The set-up in the London embassy is replicated at Saudi diplomatic posts around the world, forming a vast web of spies watching the kingdom’s enemies and surveilling its own people.  While this apparatus has existed for years, it has become more aggressive and more violent under Mohammed bin Salman, the crown prince, who controls the Saudi security services.  His ambition to silence critics abroad and stomp out political rivals at home has depended on a new ferocity in the intelligence agencies. The murder of Jamal Khashoggi is just the most extreme example.   “For many decades Saudi Arabia had a system in which the king sought to develop a policy consensus within the royal family, the clerical establishment, and the entrepreneur elite,” said Bruce Riedel, a former CIA officer who now heads the Intelligence Project at the Brookings Institute.  “That has changed profoundly in the last few years. Instead of a consensual system they have moved to a very autocratic system, which relies much more on the intelligence services hounding out dissent at home and abroad.”  Maher Mutreb, a Saudi intelligence officer, was allegedly part of the squad that killed Mr Khashoggi Credit: Sabah via AP  Mr Khashoggi was no stranger to the craft of the secret police or how its methods changed over time. In the mid-2000s he worked at the Saudi embassy in London as an advisor to the ambassador, Prince Turki bin Faisal. The prince was Saudi Arabia’s spy chief before moving to the UK.   One of Mr Khashoggi’s embassy colleagues was Maher Mutreb, a Saudi intelligence officer stationed in London. Mr Mutreb is now under arrest in Saudi Arabia as part of the 15-man squad accused of Mr Khashoggi’s murder.    In his Washington Post column, Mr Khashoggi noted the aggression of Saud al-Qahtani, a senior aide to Crown Prince Mohammed who was sacked over the weekend amid the fallout out of the killing. The prince’s aide made no secret of his hatred for dissidents and once asked his 1.35 million Twitter followers to give him names for a blacklist. Mr Khashoggi pointed to the tweet as an example of how unrestrained Saudi repression had become in the last two years. “Writers like me, whose criticism is offered respectfully, seem to be considered more dangerous than the more strident Saudi opposition based in London.”  Saudi Arabia’s spies have always focused on the UK, which has given safe harbour to many Saudi dissidents as well as Islamists and anti-monarchists from across the Middle East.  One of their targets has been Sa’ad al-Faqih, the leader of Movement for Islamic Reform in Arabia, a UK-based Saudi opposition group that campaigns to replace with the royal family with an Islamic government. Saad al-Faqih, a Saudi dissident based in London, has been a target for Saudi intelligence Credit: AP Photo/Richard Lewis Dr Faqih was attacked at his home in Willesden Green, northwest London, in June 2003 by two men who he said claimed to be plumbers. They tried to spray chemicals in his face and then attacked him with a spanner but he was able to fight them off.  He believes the two white men were British gangsters hired by Saudi Arabia to kidnap him, a claim that the kingdom has always denied.   Dr Faqih has not faced any more physical attacks since 2003. But he has felt a heightened threat since Crown Prince Mohammed began to gather power three years ago and he started taking new security precautions. “We feel extra danger because we know that this boy is reckless and impulsive,” he said.  Saudi dissidents were rattled by an incident in August this year on the pavement outside Harrods in central London. Ghanem al-Masarir, a popular Saudi political satirist who often mocks Crown Prince Mohammed, was confronted and attacked by two Saudi men.  يا شين المهايط فـ الخلا ما يحمّس يبربر على اسياده .. ولا احدٍ درا به ٰ سلامي على يـدٍ عطته ( المخمّس ) هذي اصغر ردود السعودي والاجابه��������#جلد_الكلب_غانم_الدوسري@GhanemAlmasarirpic.twitter.com/axejGsqNAt— بيع قصايد جزله .. (@Be3_600) September 9, 2018 “They were shouting about the king and Mohammed bin Salman and they said: ‘how dare you insult al-Saud?’” Mr Dosari said. He is convinced that the men were put up to the attack by Saudi intelligence.  “I don’t think they were trying to kill me or kidnap me but they wanted to insult me and to send a message that I was not safe where I was,” he said. Video footage of the attack was widely shared by pro-Saudi Twitter accounts under a hashtag celebrating the attack. The Saudi embassy in London did not respond to multiple requests for comment for this story. Saudi Arabia insists that Mr Khashoggi's death was the result of "a rogue operation" which was not ordered by the government.   Before the killing in Istanbul made global headlines, the starkest example of the Saudi intelligence's new aggression was an apparent campaign to kidnap rebel princes in Europe and bring them back to Saudi Arabia.  According to the BBC, three princes who had fallen out with the royal family have been captured since 2015. One, Prince Sultan bin Turki, a grandson of King Abdulaziz, accepted a flight on a Saudi government private jet from Paris to Cairo in January 2016.     The prince went to sleep on the flight and when he awoke he realised the jet was in fact heading Saudi Arabia. He was dragged off the plane by Saudi agents and is believed to be under house arrest to this day.  Saudi dissidents joke darkly that Mr Khashoggi’s death probably means they are safer now than they have been in years because Riyadh will be unwilling to risk another international scandal. But none believe the danger has fully passed.  Over the weekend, King Salman ordered his ministers to prepare reforms of the Saudi intelligence services to prevent another incident like Mr Khashoggi’s death. No one should expect sweeping changes: the head of the reform committee is none other Crown Prince Mohammed himself. ......Search More News

  • [Sport]Rae Carruth, N.F.L. Player Who Conspired to Kill Girlfriend, Is Out of Prison10/22 14:51

    After almost 19 years, Carruth, the former Carolina Panthers player, is freed and says he hopes to have a relationship with his son.......Search More News

  • [Technology]Should Apple just kill the HomePod with so many superior smart speakers around? - Phone Arena10/22 14:50

    Phone ArenaShould Apple just kill the HomePod with so many superior smart speakers around?Phone Arena2018 has been a relatively uneventful year for Apple in terms of hardware releases, with a single new iPad model unveiled all the way back in March, no belated iPhone SE sequel (rest in peace), no second-gen HomePod or AirPods either, and not even that ...Google Home Hub review: the best digital photo frameThe VergeGoogle Home Hub supports Duo calls, but the recipient will only see your profile picAndroid PoliceBattle of the video speakers: Amazon Echo Show vs. Google Home Hub11Alive.com WXIAArs Technica -TechCrunch -Engadget -Gizmodoall 45 news articles »......Search More News

  • [Business]Oil slips below $80 after Saudi pledges rapid output rise10/22 14:11

    Oil slipped below $80 a barrel on Monday as Saudi Arabia pledged to raise its crude production to a record, two weeks before U.S. sanctions potentially choke off Iranian crude supplies. ......Search More News

  • [Technology]BASF and Nornickel join forces in European EV battery push10/22 12:40

    Germany's BASF and Russian miner Norilsk Nickel (Nornickel) have struck a nickel and cobalt supply deal to meet growing demand for electric vehicle (EV) batteries. ......Search More News

  • [World]Two Koreas, UN forces agree to remove weapons at border - Reuters10/22 11:50

    ReutersTwo Koreas, UN forces agree to remove weapons at borderReutersSEOUL (Reuters) - North and South Korea and the U.N. Command agreed on Monday to withdraw firearms and guard posts in the demilitarized zone village of Panmunjom this week, Seoul's defense ministry said, the latest move in a fast-improving ...2 Koreas, US-led UN Command meet again at Koreas' borderMinneapolis Star TribuneUS-South Korea divergence over North puts 70-year alliance at riskFinancial Timesall 84 news articles »......Search More News

  • [Business]Oil holds near $80 as Saudi Arabia plans output increase10/22 11:50

    Oil hovered around $80 a barrel on Monday, lifted by a diplomatic crisis between Saudi Arabia and the West, just two weeks before U.S. sanctions potentially choke off Iranian crude supplies. ......Search More News

  • [World News]WATCH: Saudi officials change explanation of Khashoggi's death10/22 11:10

    Currently, 18 Saudis are in custody and five top intelligence officials have been fired after the death of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi. ......Search More News

  • [World News]Two Koreas, U.N. forces agree to remove weapons at border10/22 11:10

    North and South Korea and the U.N. Command agreed on Monday to withdraw firearms and guard posts in the demilitarized zone village of Panmunjom this week, Seoul's defense ministry said, the latest move in a fast-improving relationship. ......Search More News

  • [Top Story]Barzani makes comeback on both Kurd, Iraq fronts10/22 11:10

    A year after a disastrous independence vote he had championed in Iraqi Kurdistan, veteran leader Massud Barzani has made a strong comeback both on the home front and in Baghdad. While Iraq's presidency, a ceremonial post, has gone to Barham Saleh of the rival Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), Barzani's Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) was on Sunday declared the clear winner of the September 30 parliamentary elections in the autonomous region of northern Iraq.......Search More News

  • [World News]Israel's Mossad chief says high-tech not always a spy's friend10/22 11:00

    Spying is getting harder because the same technologies that catch terrorists can sometimes uncover foreign intelligence operations, the director of Israel's Mossad said on Monday. ......Search More News

  • [World News]Anti-India strike shuts Kashmir amid anger over deaths10/22 10:50

    SRINAGAR, India (AP) — Armed soldiers and police fanned out across much of Indian-controlled Kashmir on Monday as separatists challenging Indian rule called for a general strike to mourn the deaths of civilians and armed rebels during confrontation with government forces.......Search More News

  • [Business]Oil rises above $80, Saudi Arabia plans output increase10/22 09:41

    Oil edged above $80 a barrel on Monday, lifted by nervousness over a worsening diplomatic crisis between Saudi Arabia and the West, just two weeks before U.S. sanctions potentially choke off Iranian crude supplies. ......Search More News

  • [Technology]BASF, Nornickel join forces in electric vehicle battery push10/22 09:32

    Germany's BASF and Russia's Norilsk Nickel (Nornickel) have signed a nickel and cobalt supply deal to address growing demand for batteries to power electric vehicles, they said on Monday. ......Search More News

  • [World News]Israeli forces kill Palestinian who tried to stab a soldier10/22 08:41

    Israeli military says forces shot and killed Palestinian who attempted to stab a soldier in the West Bank......Search More News

  • [Headlines]Anti-India strike shuts Kashmir amid anger over deaths10/22 08:00

    Armed soldiers and police fanned out across much of Indian-controlled Kashmir on Monday as separatists challenging Indian rule called for a general strike to mourn the deaths of civilians and armed rebels during confrontation with government forces.......Search More News

  • [World News]Anti-India strike shuts Kashmir amid anger over deaths10/22 07:00

    Armed soldiers and police deployed in Indian-controlled Kashmir as separatists challenging Indian rule called for a strike to mourn the deaths of civilians and armed rebels during confrontation with government forces......Search More News

  • [World]Israel Arrests Palestinian Jerusalem Governor, Intelligence Chief - Reports - Sputnik International10/22 04:31

    Sputnik InternationalIsrael Arrests Palestinian Jerusalem Governor, Intelligence Chief - ReportsSputnik InternationalMOSCOW (Sputnik) – The Israeli security forces arrested Palestinian Authority's (PA) Jerusalem Governor Adnan Ghaith and Jerusalem Director of the PA General Intelligence Services Jihad Faqih, local media reported. The Jerusalem Post newspaper ...What the closure of the US consulate in East Jerusalem meansgulfnews.comall 131 news articles »......Search More News

  • [Top Story]8 combatants, 6 civilians die in Kashmir battles, clashes10/22 02:40

    SRINAGAR, India (AP) — Three local rebels were killed in a gunbattle with Indian government forces in disputed Kashmir on Sunday, and six civilians were killed in an explosion at the site after the fighting was over, officials and residents said.......Search More News

  • [World News]Who will help rebuild the city of Raqqa?10/22 01:31

    A year after its recapture from Islamic State forces, the Syrian city remains largely ruined.......Search More News

  • [World News]8 combatants, 6 civilians die in Kashmir battles, clashes10/21 14:20

    Three suspected rebels have been killed in a gunbattle with Indian government forces in disputed Kashmir, and six civilians were killed in an explosion at the site after the fighting was over......Search More News

  • [World News]Trump plan to quit arms treaty a mistake: Gorbachev10/21 13:40

    Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, a co-signatory of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, said on Sunday U.S. President Donald Trump's plan to quit the treaty was a mistake, Interfax news agency reported. ......Search More News

  • [Top Story]Congo rebels kill 15, abduct kids in Ebola outbreak region10/21 13:00

    Congo rebels kill 15, abduct a dozen children in community at center of deadly Ebola outbreak......Search More News