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Archive for October 10, 2018

Newsline: Turkey says will search consulate where Saudi journalist vanished

Turkey said that it would search Saudi Arabia’s consulate in Istanbul where Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi vanished last week, and close ally Britain called on Riyadh to provide “urgent answers” over his disappearance. Khashoggi was last seen one week ago entering the consulate in Istanbul to get documents related to his forthcoming marriage. His fiancée, waiting outside, said he never emerged and Turkish sources said they believe Khashoggi, a prominent critic of Saudi policies, was killed inside the mission. Turkey’s President Tayyip Erdogan asked Saudi Arabia on Monday to prove its assertion that Khashoggi left the consulate. The U.S. State Department said it did not know what happened to Khashoggi and whether he was alive or not.



Newsline: New Embassy In Jerusalem Attracts Devout Christians From The U.S.

The new U.S. embassy in Jerusalem is a pilgrimage site for some American Christians. They snap selfies there and say it’s fulfillment of a biblical prophecy. In May, a U.S. consulate building in the residential outskirts of Jerusalem was renamed as the embassy as the U.S. recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Most of the world rejects that because Palestinians seek part of the city for their capital. But the embassy has become a tourist site for people who are elated by Trump’s move.