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Khashoggi’s body parts taken to Saudi Arabia by MBS close aide: Turkey

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The ongoing investigation into the killing of dissident Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul has been revealing the true face of the Kingdom’s establishment. Turkish authorities, now, believe that part of Jamal Khashoggi’s body was transported out of Turkey by one of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s bodyguards, known as Maher Abdulaziz Mutrib, sources have told Middle East Eye.

The London based online news outlet covering events in Middle East, in its exclusive reports, quoting a source, said on Sunday that Maher Abdulaziz Mutrib, an intelligence officer implicated in the killing of the Saudi journalist, is thought to have taken the body part out in a large bag.

Mutrib, who used to travel with MBS, left Istanbul on 2 October, the day of Khashoggi’s death, on a private jet that departed at 18:20 local time.

His bags were not checked as he passed through the VIP lounge at Ataturk International airport and neither was the private plane, with tail registration HZ-SK1. The plane left before the alarm was raised. However, the second plane was searched from top to bottom but nothing was found. Mutrib, carrying a diplomatic passport, appeared to be in a hurry, the source said.

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Meanwhile, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowed on Sunday to reveal the “naked truth”, saying he would make a statement on the case on Tuesday.

While addressing a rally in Istanbul Erdogan said, “We are looking for justice here and this will be revealed in all its naked truth, not through some ordinary steps but in all its naked truth.”

Later in the day, Erdogan had a phone call with US President Donald Trump. The two leaders have reportedly agreed that Khashoggi case needed to be clarified “in all its aspects,” a Turkish presidential source said.

Khashoggi’s body parts taken to Saudi Arabia by MBS close aide: TurkeyAfter denying its involvement in killing Khashoggi for over two weeks, Saudi Arabian authorities on Friday admitted that its officials had killed the dissident journalist, saying it does not know the body’s whereabouts.

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Anonymous Saudi officials have told Reuters on Sunday that the body was rolled into a carpet and handed to a “local collaborator” to be disposed of. However, a Turkish source told that Khashoggi’s body was cut into 15 pieces. “They did not roll anything up in anything,” the Turkish source said.

The crown prince MBS has, in the meantime, dismissed two of his closest and most-trusted aides, deputy intelligence chief Ahmed al-Assiri and his media advisor Saud al-Qahtani. Eighteen people have been detained as well.

Khashoggi’s body parts taken to Saudi Arabia by MBS close aide: TurkeyNow, Turkish sources told MEE, the Saudis are looking to find ways of explaining why Mutrib was one of the 15 men implicated in Khashoggi’s killing.

“They are claiming that Assiri asked Qahtani for names of people who knew Khashoggi and could persuade him to come back, with Qahtani suggesting Mutrib because they worked together in London,” the source said.

“This does not hold any water. Mutrib was one of seven men taken from the crown prince’s personal security detail,” the sources have told.

Reports from Istanbul say that five Turkish employees of the Saudi consulate are giving statements as witnesses under an investigation, Turkish broadcaster NTV said on Monday. Earlier, twenty workers gave statements.

A report from Ottawa, the Canadian capital, say that PM Justin Trudeau said his country could cancel a multi-billion dollar defence deal with Saudi Arabia.  following the death of  the journalist.

Speaking on French-language talk show “Tout Le Monde En Parle”, recorded Thursday, before Riyadh confirmed Khashoggi’s death at its Istanbul consulate, Trudeau insisted Canada would “always defend human rights, including with Saudi Arabia.”

Canadian military equipment sales regulations contain restrictions on human rights violations against the buying country’s citizens.

However, US President Donald Trump has said he is “not satisfied” with Saudi Arabia’s account, but asserted that he would not like to scrap an USD 110 billion arms deal with Riyadh.

Saudi Arabia in a statement, on Saturday said Khashoggi (60) died following a “fistfight” at its consulate in Istanbul on October 2, without disclosing any details on the whereabouts of his body.

Trump tried to shield Crown Prince MBS saying it was “possible” that the powerful Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman did not know about the killing.

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Iran couple, who danced on Tehran’s streets, sentenced to prison | WATCH

A young Iranian couple can be seen dancing alone in front of the Azadi Tower in Tehran in the video. They walk together while grinning. As he raises her into the air, her uncovered hair falls behind her.

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A young Iranian couple can be seen dancing alone in front of the Azadi Tower in Tehran in the video. They walk together while grinning. As he raises her into the air, her uncovered hair falls behind her.

Early in November—weeks after Mahsa Amini, 22, died at the hands of the police, igniting massive demonstrations in Iran—the video went viral on social media. These protests intensified in the months that followed as a result of the government’s mass arrests and death programme.

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According to Mizan, a news outlet supervised by the country’s judiciary, the pair, Astiyazh Haghighi, 21, and Amir Mohammad Ahmadi, 22, have now each been given a five-year prison sentence on allegations such as colluding against national security and propaganda against the establishment.

The couple was detained on Nov 1 after they disregarded orders to stop their malicious behaviour online, according to the agency, which claimed they used their Instagram profiles to call for people to engage in the riots, a reference to the protests.

Each of the couple’s Instagram profiles has close to a million subscribers. Haghighi identifies herself a blogger on her Instagram page. Her photographs depict a young woman who is enthusiastic about both her romance and fashion. She presents herself in baggy attire. Her bleach-blond hair is occasionally portrayed partially covered by a hood, hat, or bandanna.

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According to Skylar Thompson, who oversees campaigning for Human Rights Activists in Iran, the judgement was rendered by Abolghassem Salavati, a Revolutionary Court judge known for handing out severe punishments. According to her, Haghighi was being imprisoned at Qarchak, a notorious and remote facility for incarcerating women southeast of the capital. According to her, Ahmadi was held at the Evin prison.

Thompson stated it another illustration of how devastating a system lacking complete due process can be — and has been for many years, adding that their arrests were the latest evidence of Iran’s ill-functioning court.

According to the assessment of the organisation, 763 Iranians who took part in the protests have already faced trials and been found guilty.

The video, which was posted at the height of the protests, touched a nerve with Iranians and received a lot of attention on social media. The Iranian police, who were attempting to put an end to the demonstrations, took notice of it as well. The video was eventually removed, but other social media users have already uploaded it.

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FBI searches US President Joe Biden’s Delaware beach house, no classified documents found

The Federal Bureau of Investigation did not find any classified documents at US Joe Biden’s Delaware beach house, his attorney Bob Bauer said on Wednesday.

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The Federal Bureau of Investigation did not find any classified documents at US Joe Biden’s Delaware beach house, his attorney Bob Bauer said on Wednesday. However, the agents did take some materials and handwritten notes relating to his time as vice president during the Obama administration for “further review.”

The US law enforcement conducted a search of Biden’s Rehoboth beach house in Delaware to hunt for improperly stored classified documents. The president’s lawyer said that search was done with Biden’s “full support and cooperation”.

The search followed after some classified documents were found Biden’s home in Wilmington and a former office space in Washington, DC.

The controversy has been played up by Republican-backed outlets as the incumbent president prepares to face a tough challenge from potential GOP- nominee and former president Donald Trump in the 2024 elections.

A Department of Justice (DoJ) appointed special counsel has been assigned to run an independent investigation, similar to another special counsel overseeing the probe of Trump’s stash of classified documents discovered at his home in Florida.

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The White House has watered down the discovery of classified documents as Biden’s “accidental mistakes” in storing the decade old documents from his time as vice president under the Obama administration.

However, unlike Trump, who allegedly resisted handing over the classified documents after leaving the White House in 2021, Biden claims he has cooperated with the authorities ever since classified documents turned up from his former office in Washington DC.

More documents were discovered by the FBI from Biden’s private home in n Wilmington, the Delaware house, less often used by the Bidens, is now the third of the President’s properties searched by the LEA.

Biden’s attorney in a statement claimed that the DoJ launched the Delaware search without “advance public notice” but Biden cooperated.

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Indian-American Republican Nikki Haley poised to launch 2024 US Presidential bid

Two-time South Carolina Governor and former US Ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley is poised to launch her Presidential bid for 2024 US elections on February 15

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Two-time South Carolina Governor and former US Ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley is poised to launch her Presidential bid for 2024 US elections on February 15. Haley, 51, will become the first Republic Party leader to challenge former US president Donald Trump who is seeking the party’s nomination for 2024 polls.

According to a report by the Post and Courier, Haley is soon sending out an invite to her backers in which she has advertised a “special announcement” on February 15 at The Shed at the Charleston Visitor Center, a downtown gathering spot that could draw hundreds of supporters into the heart of the city’s tourism district.

When she enters the race, Haley will be the first contender to join the contest against her former boss, who is currently the sole Republican seeking his party’s 2024 nomination.

According to the South Carolina-based daily, the confirmation of Haley entering the Presidential race came on January 31 from a member of her inner circle. Previously, Haley had famously said would not run against Trump if her former boss decided to run again. However, she has shifted her stance recently citing the need for the US to look toward a different path.

According to the Washington Post, Haley could release a video signalling her plan for a White House bid as soon as this week. Trump, 76, announced his run last year.

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In a recent tweet, Haley said it’s time for a new generation and a new leadership; “and its time to take our country back. America is worth the fight — and we’re just getting started.”

Haley told Fox News last month that the US needs a new leader who can take the country in a new direction.

In the Fox News interview, Haley emphasized that Democrat President Joe Biden, 80, should not be given a second term. When asked if she believes she is up for the job, Haley confidently answered that the current situation in the US demands a new leader and she can be that person who takes America in a new direction.

The next US presidential election is scheduled to be held on November 5, 2024.

Nikki Haley, an Indian-American, was born Nimrata Randhawa to Ajit Singh Randhawa and mother Raj Kaur Randhawa, who had emigrated from Punjab to Canada and then to the US in the 1960s. Her father was a professor at the Punjab Agricultural University, and her mother received a law degree from the Delhi University.

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