Last year, many of the who's who in politics and business boycotted Saudi Arabia's "Davos in the Desert" event in the wake of the murder of Jamal Khashoggi. This year? Many return but there are still some notable no-shows.
Journalist Jamal Khashoggi's disappearance and death brought unwanted attention to the Saudi regime. It has also challenged world leadership to take a stand for human rights, press freedoms and rule of law — a responsibility that has been largely shirked on this grim anniversary.
Khashoggi’s death stirred widespread disgust and hurt the image of crown prince, previously admired in the West for pushing to end the kingdom's oil dependence and easing social restrictions including by allowing women to drive.
In a historic move, Senators voted 56-41 to end US military support for the Saudi Arabian-led campaign in Yemen. It was the first time either chamber of Congress had backed a resolution to withdraw US forces from a foreign military engagement under the War Powers Act.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met Saudi Arabia's King Salman on Tuesday to discuss the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, as Turkish police prepared to search the Saudi consul's residence in Istanbul in a widening probe.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met Turkey's President and Foreign Minister on Wednesday to discuss the disappearance of a Saudi journalist as pressure mounted on the kingdom to provide answers following Turkish allegations he was killed.
US President Donald Trump said on Wednesday he did not want to abandon ally Saudi Arabia over the disappearance of a Saudi journalist and has asked for audio recordings Turkish sources say indicate he was killed by Saudi agents.
In an announcement timed for the end of the working week in the US, Saudi Arabia admitted for the first time that Saudis killed journalist Jamal Khashoggi inside their consulate in Istanbul. Eighteen people have been arrested.
Saud al-Qahtani, a top aide for Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, is one of the fall guys as Riyadh tries to stem international outrage at Khashoggi’s death. On Saturday, Saudi state media said King Salman had sacked Qahtani and four other officials over the killing carried out by a 15-man hit team.
Turkish President Tayyip Erdoğan on Tuesday dismissed attempts by Riyadh to blame Jamal Khashoggi's "savage" killing on rogue operatives, saying the person who ordered the death of the prominent Saudi journalist must "be brought to account."
CIA Director Gina Haspel heard an audio recording of the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi during her visit to Turkey this week, two sources told Reuters on Thursday, the first indication Ankara has shared its key evidence.