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  • [Headlines]Saudi crown prince proclaims investment conference despite boycott10/23 15:51

    Saudi Arabia's crown prince trumpeted on Tuesday a conference that has drawn investment deals worth $50 billion despite a boycott over the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, declaring the event as "great - more people more money". ......Search More News

  • [World News]Abroad in America: What Is True? What Is Noise? What the (Insert Extreme Word of Choice) Is Going to Happen?10/23 15:41

    Sarah talks to Amanda Cox, editor of The Times’s Upshot desk, to better understand what election polls can and cannot tell us.......Search More News

  • [World News]The fastest growing cities for tourism GDP around the world revealed10/23 15:40

    Thanks to a return to political stability, increased security and the removal of sanctions, cities like Cairo, Istanbul and Antalya made significant comebacks in travel and tourism last year, topping a new list of the 10 fastest growing cities by GDP.  ......Search More News

  • [World News]Saudi investment forum opens, clouded by writer's death10/23 15:21

    A host of prominent political and business figures have pulled out of the event.......Search More News

  • [Headlines]Trump Officials Make It Easier for States to Skirt Health Law’s Protections10/23 15:21

    The new policy, which could allow for fewer protections for pre-existing conditions, appears to hand a political gift to Democrats two weeks before the midterms.......Search More News

  • [Top Story]Saudi Crown Prince Gets Standing Ovation Despite Inquiries Into Khashoggi - New York Times10/23 15:10

    New York TimesSaudi Crown Prince Gets Standing Ovation Despite Inquiries Into KhashoggiNew York TimesRIYADH — Saudi Arabia's crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, received a standing ovation as he made an unannounced appearance at a global investment conference here on Tuesday, further clouding an event that has been thrown into disarray after the ...Erdogan Edges Closer to Implicating Saudi Prince in KillingBloombergTurkish president calls for Saudi Arabia to hand over the 18 suspects in Khashoggi's killing to stand trialBusiness InsiderTrump's claim of jobs from Saudi deals grows by leaps and boundsWashington PostABC Newsall 7,656 news articles »......Search More News

  • [Headlines]Bride who refused to move wedding despite cancer dies 7 months after dream nuptials10/23 15:00

    A South Carolina bride whose story of triumph went viral after she refused to move up her wedding date despite facing stage 4 cancer has died seven months after tying the knot.......Search More News

  • [Top Story]Midterm elections: Will democrats really take the house and how could they do it?10/23 15:00

    With less than 50 days until the 2018 midterm elections, candidates across the United States are preparing for the final sprint into towards 6 November, when voters will have the opportunity to deliver a message to President Donald Trump and the Republican leadership that currently controls both chambers of Congress. Recent polling give Democrats a decent chance to retake the House of Representatives — an outcome that would severely damage Mr Trump’s prospects of pushing through any major legislative victories in the last two years of his first term. It could also put the president in very real danger of facing impeachment proceedings if Democrats take over, too.......Search More News

  • [World News]Republicans plan their resistance in a would-be Democratic House10/23 14:51

    House Republicans are in the political fight of their lives as they try to hold onto their majority. But while they hope for the best, some are preparing for the worst: a Democratic takeover where oversight of the Trump administration spans every committee and essentially halts the GOP's legislative agenda for the next two years.......Search More News

  • [Business]Saudi sees deals worth $50 billion at investment conference despite boycotts - Reuters10/23 14:21

    ReutersSaudi sees deals worth $50 billion at investment conference despite boycottsReutersRIYADH (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia was set to sign deals worth $50 billion on Tuesday at the opening of an investment conference despite being overshadowed by the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi which prompted a boycott by Western politicians, top ...and more »......Search More News

  • [Headlines]Saudi Crown Prince Gets Standing Ovation Despite Inquiries Into Khashoggi10/23 14:21

    Investors from around the world gathered in Riyadh for a conference, but the killing of Mr. Khashoggi and Saudi Arabia’s role in the murder loomed large.......Search More News

  • [World]Dolphins, 'yawn cams' and political connections -- China's new mega bridge - Yahoo News10/23 14:10

    Yahoo NewsDolphins, 'yawn cams' and political connections -- China's new mega bridgeYahoo NewsHong Kong (AFP) - The world's longest sea bridge was officially inaugurated on Tuesday by China's President Xi Jinping with supporters hailing it as an engineering triumph and detractors calling it a controversial white elephant. Here are some facts ...China Opens World's Longest Sea Bridge in Mega-Project to Connect 70 Million PeopleNewsweekThe World's Longest Sea Bridge, Connecting Hong Kong To Mainland China, Is OpenHuffPostChina Opens Giant Sea Bridge Linking Hong Kong, Macau and MainlandNew York TimesThe Guardian -BBC News -Quartz -Aljazeera.comall 811 news articles »......Search More News

  • [Headlines]U.S. Stocks Drop on Earnings Outlooks, Political Tensions10/23 14:10

    Stocks sold off worldwide with technology shares plunging amid resurgent fears about the health of China’s economy, concerning outlooks from industrial giants and a slew of geopolitical concerns. In the U.S., the S&P 500 and the Dow Jones Industrial Average both fell more than 1%.......Search More News

  • [World News]Jamal Khashoggi's 'ferocious' murder was planned by Saudi officials days before his death, says Erdogan10/23 14:10

    Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the president of Turkey, said the killing of Jamal Khashoggi was "a political murder" planned in advance by Saudi operatives as he demanded that “the person who gave the order” be held accountable.  In his first major speech since the journalist disappeared, Mr Erdogan said the murder of the Washington Post columnist was pre-meditated and that several members of the so-called hit squad arrived in Istanbul ahead of Mr Khashoggi’s disappearance to scope out a forest.  Mr Erdogan said Turkey would not accept Saudi Arabia’s explanation that the killing was a botched operation carried out by rogue intelligence officials and implied he believed it was ordered by senior leaders. "The information obtained so far and the evidence found shows that Khashoggi was murdered in a ferocious manner," Erdogan told MPs in Ankara.   “Leaving some security and intelligence forces holding the bag will not satisfy us or the international community,” he said. “The human consciousness will not be satisfied until all those - from the person who gave the order to those who carried it out - are brought to account.”  Mr Erdogan said he wanted the 18 Saudi men who have been arrested for the murder to be extradited to Turkey to face charges, a challenge to the Saudi government which has said they will be tried in Saudi courts.   The Turkish president’s speech adds to pressure on Riyadh, which has been facing a wave of international scepticism since it announced over the weekend that Mohammed bin Salman, the crown prince, was not involved in the killing.  No mention of Mohammed bin Salman Mr Erdogan made no mention of the crown prince in his speech but said that Saudi Arabia’s own investigation would not be enough.  Nor did he make any reference to the tapes Turkish officials are believed to have of Mr Khashoggi’s torture and killing, which appears to implicate the prince's inner circle. “I don’t doubt the sincerity of King Salman,” he said. “But such a critical investigation should be carried out by a delegation that is fair, truly unbiased and does not even have the slightest suspicion of contact with the incident.”  Mr Erodgan posed a series of questions to the Saudi government, demanding to know where Mr Khashoggi’s body was and to know the name of the “local collaborator” which Saudi Arabia says hid the corpse.  He asked “on whose orders” the team of soldiers, spies and a forensic expert flew into Istanbul and why people with those skill sets had been assembled.  He also demanded to know why Saudi officials had not immediately opened the consulate for inspection, instead stalling for more than a week before allowing a search.     “Until these questions are answered, no one should give the slightest though to this matter being covered up,” he said.  Jeremy Hunt, the foreign secretary, said he was "deeply concerned to hear President Erdogan describe Jamal Khashoggi’s murder as pre-meditated. The world is still waiting for answers." Deeply concerned to hear President Erdogan describe Jamal #Khashoggi’s murder as pre-meditated. The world is still waiting for answers https://t.co/lymp7uu6BS— Jeremy Hunt (@Jeremy_Hunt) October 23, 2018 King Salman and Prince Mohammed met with Khashoggi's family in Riyadh on Tuesday, three weeks after his disappearance. Pictures showed son Salah, who has been under a travel ban since his father left the country last year, shaking hands with the prince.  Jamal Khashoggi's son Salah meets Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman  Credit: SPA 'Davos in the Desert' The timing of the controversy could not be worse for the crown prince. His annual conference, the Future Investment Initiative, kicked off today and was intended to draw leading investors who could help underwrite the heir-apparent's ambitious plans to revamp the economy. But the summit, nicknamed "Davos in the desert", has been overshadowed by growing global outrage. So much so that MBS, as he is nicknamed, decided not to not appear on the opening day.  The chief executive of German industrial conglomerate Siemens, Joe Kaeser, was the latest among dozens of global executives to withdraw from the summit, hosted by the kingdom's sovereign wealth fund. Ministers from the United States, Britain and France, which have huge defence deals at stake with Saudi Arabia, have already pulled out of the summit. Corporate heads, from JP Morgan to carmaker Ford and ride-hailing app Uber, as well as media powerhouses like Bloomberg, CNN and the Financial Times, have all abandoned plans to attend. Organisers have taken down a list of speakers from its website and on Monday refused to confirm the number of attendees. And in a fresh setback, the forum's website went down on Monday after an apparent cyberattack. There was no immediate claim of responsibility. Turkey keeps leaking Meanwhile, Turkish sources have kept up a steady stream of leaks from their investigation into how the journalist died casting further doubt on the Saudi version of events - that Khashoggi died after an argument spiralled into a brawl. Donald Trump said he was "not satisfied" with Riyadh's explanation of the death and world leaders are demanding answers. On Monday, CNN broadcast images showing a Saudi official playing a body double for Khashoggi, wearing the journalist's clothes, exiting the consulate. Omer Celik, spokesman of Mr Erdogan's ruling party, said the killing "was planned in an extremely savage manner," and that "there has been a lot of effort to whitewash this". An Erdogan adviser, Yasin Aktay, wrote in the Yeni Safak daily that Riyadh's version of events "feels like our intelligence is being mocked". The security official heading a team of 15 Saudis allegedly sent to Istanbul, called the head of Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman's office, Bader al-Asaker, "four times after the murder", the adviser added. Abdulkadir Selvi, whose Hurriyet newspaper columns are closely watched for indications of Mr Erdogan's thinking, wrote that Khashoggi was slowly strangled to death before a Saudi forensic specialist cut his body into 15 pieces while listening to music. "We cannot close this file until the crown prince is brought to account and removed from his post," said Selvi. Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir, a smooth former envoy to Washington, appeared on Fox News on Sunday to blame a "rogue operation" by individuals who "exceeded their responsibilities" and then "tried to cover up for it". On Tuesday he said the killing of a critic like Khashoggi is something that must "never happen again". Saudi Arabia's leadership will "see to it that the investigation is thorough and complete and that the truth is revealed and those responsible will be held to account", he told reporters. "And that mechanism and procedures are put in place to ensure that something like this can never happen again." Jamal Khashoggi death | The unanswered questions What we know The saga surrounding the fate of Saudi Arabia’s best-known journalist has played out in claims and counterclaims published in the world’s media, as both Turkey and Riyadh struggle to control the narrative.  Since news of Mr Khashoggi’s disappearance broke, journalists have had to rely on carefully controlled releases of information from Turkey - a country which has in recent years muzzled its relatively free press - and Saudi Arabia, which never enjoyed one to begin with. The singular fact that both countries can agree on is that Mr Khashoggi entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul at 1.14pm on October 2, leaving his Turkish fiancee Hatice Cengiz waiting outside. Turkey gave Saudi Arabia a day to come up with an explanation, but Riyadh was not forthcoming. The kingdom offered the explanation that the journalist met with officials at the consulate and left shortly after, saying they noted nothing out of the ordinary. Ms Cengiz, who stood by the exit for more than four hours before raising the alarm, said that was impossible. Saudi’s response appeared not to be satisfactory for Turkey either, which was under mounting pressure to investigate an alleged state-ordered assassination on its soil. A series of leaks followed, including CCTV footage of Khashoggi entering the consulate, but not leaving.  Turkish officials alluded to a tape they had which they said revealed that the journalist was tortured and then killed. His body was chopped into pieces and taken out of the embassy. It implicated members of MBS's inner circle.  The kingdom was forced to respond, saying their own investigation found there was a "fistfight" between Khashoggi and some of the Saudi officials who entered the embassy. They were not there at the order of the crown prince and were to be fired and investigated.  Turkish officials have continued to leak damaging information in the hope of forcing Saudi to come clean. The latest of which was CCTV footage which appeared to show one of the 15-an hit squad dressed up as Khashoggi's body double leaving through the back door of the consulate.  Jamal Khashoggi | read more International reaction and diplomatic fallout There is a lot at risk here, with the incident threatening Turkey-Saudi relations, US-Turkey relations and perhaps most importantly Saudi-US relations. Under Erdogan, Ankara has jockeyed for influence in the region over Sunni powerhouse Saudi Arabia. The two have an alliance of convenience in conflicts in Syria and Yemen but the partnership has always been uneasy. Until his speech on Tuesday President Erdogan had been careful to distance himself from the reports, instead preferring to leak damning details to the press through confidantes. The US, a close and strategic ally of the bin Salman family, initially stayed silent as they weighed their response. Mr Trump appeared to open the door for Saudi rulers to distance themselves from the scandal by appearing to place the blame on “rogue assassinations”. Neither country is looking for a high-level diplomatic confrontation and both have strong incentives to agree a version of events that absolves Crown Prince Mohammed. A US-Saudi rift would likely send shockwaves around the world, destabilising oil markets and the global investment climate, not to mention dealing a blow to the Trump administration's own plans in the Middle East. Last week the president despatched Mike Pompeo, US Secretary of State, to Riyadh to smooth things over. But Mr Trump’s softly-softly approach has not been well-received at home. Mr Erdogan's address was carefully judged. He appeared transparent in front of the world, but stopped short of laying any blame on Saudi Arabia's heir apparent. By doing so he now has leverage over Saudi, simultaneously buying time for the Trump administration, which does not want to see its ally implicated in the murder. ......Search More News

  • [World]'India Did Not Respond to Pakistan's Peace Offer': Imran Khan says He'll Try Again After 2019 Polls - News1810/23 14:00

    News18'India Did Not Respond to Pakistan's Peace Offer': Imran Khan says He'll Try Again After 2019 PollsNews18Riyadh: Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan, who is currently in Saudi Arabia's capital Riyadh to seek loans from the International Monetary Fund for his country, on Tuesday said he had tried to extend hand of peace to India, but did not receive a ...'We are desperate for money': Pakistan's Imran Khan flies into political storm in Saudi ArabiaThe Independent (blog)Populism confronts realityThe Hinduall 334 news articles »......Search More News

  • [Headlines]What Could Hold Back a Democratic Wave? Economy, Confidence, Independence10/23 14:00

    In battleground districts across the nation, a “life is good” ethos may make swing voters harder to persuade than some Democrats anticipate.......Search More News

  • [Technology]Apple supplier AMS hit by forecast doubts amid chip slowdown10/23 14:00

    Apple chip supplier AMS AG disappointed investors with its fourth quarter forecast, knocking 25 percent off the value of its shares despite the Austrian firm winning deals with other smartphone makers. ......Search More News

  • [Financial]Dow plunges more than 400 points; global market turmoil spreads after major declines in Europe, Asia10/23 13:50

    Dow plunges more than 400 points; global market turmoil spreads after major declines in Europe, Asia......Search More News

  • [Headlines]Saudi signs deals worth $50 billion at investment event despite boycott10/23 13:41

    Saudi Arabia signed deals worth $50 billion on Tuesday, showing it can still attract investment at a conference boycotted by Western politicians and global business chiefs after the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. ......Search More News

  • [Headlines]Caterpillar's shares tumble on disappointing profit outlook10/23 13:30

    Caterpillar Inc disappointed investors on Tuesday by not raising its 2018 earnings forecast yet again, raising fears that the heavy-duty equipment maker may be signaling a slowdown despite posting better-than-expected quarterly profits. ......Search More News

  • [Business]Wall Street futures down on Caterpillar, Saudi concerns10/23 13:01

    U.S. stock index futures tumbled on Tuesday, as concerns over Saudi Arabia's political situation, Italy's finances and trade war fears hit risk appetite across the globe. ......Search More News

  • [World News]Is Bavaria the start of a green revolution in Germany?10/23 13:00

    The elections in the state of Bavaria on Sunday suggest a shift is underway among some German voters -- and the future is looking a lot greener.......Search More News

  • [Business]Caterpillar Falls Despite Beating Earnings, Revenue Estimates - TheStreet.com10/23 12:40

    Caterpillar Falls Despite Beating Earnings, Revenue EstimatesTheStreet.comCaterpillar Inc. (CAT - Get Report) fell on Tuesday, Oct. 23, after suggesting that increased demand had created some supply chain challenges even though it beat third-quarter earnings and revenue estimates. The Deerfield, Ill.-based construction and ...and more »......Search More News

  • [Business]Alaska's Economy Finally Starts to Thaw10/23 12:40

    Rising oil prices and a political compromise are helping the state to exit recession and join the U.S. economic boom. ......Search More News

  • [Top Story]Saudi investment forum opens under haze of Khashoggi's death10/23 12:10

    A host of prominent political and business figures have pulled out of the event.......Search More News

  • [Headlines]Global Stocks Drop on Political Tensions, China Worries10/23 11:41

    Stocks sold off worldwide with technology shares plunging amid resurgent fears about the health of China’s economy and a slew of geopolitical concerns. ......Search More News

  • [World]'We are desperate for money': Pakistan's Imran Khan flies into political storm in Saudi Arabia - The Independent (blog)10/23 11:40

    The Independent (blog)'We are desperate for money': Pakistan's Imran Khan flies into political storm in Saudi ArabiaThe Independent (blog)Imran Khan is heading for a trip to the Future Investment Initiative in Riyadh – the business forum being widely boycotted by international attendees following the murder of the Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the nation's consulate in Istanbul ...Populism confronts realityThe Hinduall 321 news articles »......Search More News

  • [World News]Judge bars New Hampshire proof of residency requirement for new voters10/23 11:40

    The temporary injunction against the Republican-backed law comes two weeks before U.S. Congressional elections that will determine whether opposition Democrats or U.S. President Donald Trump's Republicans retain full control of the federal government's legislative branch. The measure, which passed largely along party lines and went into effect last year, required those seeking to register within 30 days of an election to present documents proving that they live in the area where they intend to vote. "Where the law threatens to disenfranchise an individual's right to vote, the only viable remedy is to enjoin its enforcement," Presiding Justice Kenneth C. Brown wrote in his decision for the Hillsborough Superior Court Northern District in Manchester.......Search More News

  • [Headlines]Saudi Arabia reassures on oil supply, says will meet demand10/23 11:20

    Saudi Arabia said on Tuesday it would continue to meet customer demand for crude despite looming U.S. sanctions that are expected to reduce oil exports from Iran. ......Search More News

  • [World News]Threshold not yet reached to trigger challenge to UK PM May, says BBC political editor10/23 11:11

    The threshold of 48 letters from lawmakers that would trigger a leadership challenge to British Prime Minister Theresa May has not yet been reached, BBC Political Editor Laura Kuenssberg said on Twitter. ......Search More News