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Khashoggi children ‘given houses, money by Saudi’



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Riyadh, April 2 (IANS): The children of murdered Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi have received million-dollar houses in the kingdom and monthly five-figure payments as compensation for the killing of their father, a media report said.

Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist and a critic of Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, was killed and reportedly dismembered in October at the kingdom’s consulate in Istanbul by a team of 15 agents sent from Riyadh. His body has not been found.

The Washington Post cited current and former Saudi officials as well as people close to the family as saying that Khashoggi’s two sons and two daughters may also receive much larger payouts – possibly tens of millions of dollars apiece – as part of “blood money” negotiations that are expected to ensue when the trials of Khashoggi’s accused killers are completed in the coming months.

According to the report, the previously undisclosed payments were part of an effort by Saudi Arabia to reach a long-term arrangement with Khashoggi family members, aimed in part at ensuring that they continue to show restraint in their public statements.

The Khashoggi siblings have refrained from any harsh criticism of the kingdom even as their father’s death led to global outrage and widespread condemnation of the Saudi Crown Prince.

The houses given to the Khashoggi children are located in the port city of Jeddah and are worth up to $4 million, the newspaper reported.

The delivery of homes and monthly payments of $10,000 or more to each sibling were approved late last year by King Salman as part of what one former official described as an acknowledgment that “a big injustice has been done” and an attempt “to make a wrong right”, the report said.

A Saudi official described the payments as consistent with the country’s practice of providing financial support to victims of violent crime or even natural disasters and rejected the suggestion that the Khashoggi family would be obligated to remain silent.

Salah Khashoggi, the eldest son of Khashoggi, is the only sibling who intends to continue living in Saudi Arabia, according to people close to the family.

The others reside in the US and are expected to sell their new Saudi properties.

The Saudi Crown Prince has been accused of planning Khashoggi’s killing, but the kingdom has claimed that he was not involved.

The kingdom initially said it had no knowledge of Khashoggi’s fate but amid mounting international pressure acknowledged that he was killed at the Saudi consulate in a rogue operation.

The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) concluded that the Crown Prince had ordered Khashoggi’s killing, but US President Donald Trump refused to accept verdict about, saying, “Maybe he did, maybe he didn’t.”

The Washington Post reported that the issue of how far to go in protecting their father’s legacy has been a source of tension among the Khashoggi siblings, according to people close to the family.

The daughters have at times pushed to be more outspoken about their father’s life and the kingdom’s ruthlessness, while the brothers have focused on maximizing the amount of money the family will collect.

The report said that at one point in the weeks after his father’s death, Abdullah Khashoggi told advisers working with the family that he wanted to punish the royal court by going after one of the Crown Prince’s prized possessions.

“I want the Da Vinci,” he said, referring to a painting by the Renaissance master that the Crown Prince paid $450 million for in 2017.


Iran’s Khamenei says all must help fight ‘tragic’ virus resurgence



Ali Khamenei

Everyone must help fight the “tragic” resurgence of the novel coronavirus outbreak, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei says.

Speaking in a video conference to parliamentarians, Khamenei stated that Iran’s “enemies” fail to achieve their “anti-Iran goals” despite strong pressure on Tehran.

Earlier, Khamenei criticized the US for using “knee on neck” policies on the whole world and also accused the US of creating COVID-19.

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Etihad Airways to now operate India flights from July 15

On Thursday, the Centre announced civil aviation authorities of India and the UAE have agreed to operate special repatriation flights between the two countries during July 12-26.




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New Delhi, July 11 : Etihad Airways has postponed, to July 15, the resumption of a limited number of special flight operations from Abu Dhabi to six Indian gateways.

On Friday, the airline had announced operations will begin from July 12.

Consequently, the airline will now operate the special flight operations from July 15-26, both ways of these routes.

The latest announcement comes a few day after partial lifting of international flight restrictions by Indian authorities to allow outbound travel.

“Following the partial lifting of international flight restrictions by the UAE and Indian authorities on travel for eligible individuals to and from Abu Dhabi to India, Etihad Airways will resume a limited number of special flights to six Indian gateways,” the company said in a statement.

“The airline will operate services from Abu Dhabi to Bengaluru, Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Kochi, and Mumbai.”

On Thursday, the Centre announced civil aviation authorities of India and the UAE have agreed to operate special repatriation flights between the two countries during July 12-26.

As per the arrangement, chartered flights operated by UAE carriers to fly out Indians from the UAE will be allowed to carry ICA (Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship) approved UAE residents to their native country on their return leg.

Further, Indian carriers operating repatriation flights to bring back Indians from the UAE will be allowed to carry the ICA-approved UAE residents on their onward journey from India to the Gulf country.

“As part of the close strategic partnership between the governments of India and UAE, and with a view to assisting UAE residents who are presently in India to return to UAE, the Civil Aviation Authorities of both countries have agreed to operationalise a special arrangement,” Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri had tweeted.

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UNSC fails to extend authorization for aid access to Syria

The current authorization for the cross-border mechanism, agreed at the last minute in January after lengthy negotiations, expires on Friday.





United Nations, July 11 : The UN Security Council (UNSC) has failed on its third attempt this week to extend its authorization for the access of lifesaving food, medicine and shelter into Syria from Turkey.

Meeting via video-teleconference, the Council took up a draft resolution, presented by Belgium and Germany, that would have kept humanitarian aid flowing through the Bab al-Salam and Bab al-Hawa crossing points until January 10, 2021, reports Xinhua news agency.

Thirteen of the Council”s 15 members voted in favour, but the text failed to be adopted owing to the negative votes cast by Russia and China, two permanent council members with veto power.

The current authorization for the cross-border mechanism, agreed at the last minute in January after lengthy negotiations, expires on Friday.

Belgium and Germany, the council”s penholders on the humanitarian aspects of the Syrian conflict, had initially put forward a largely similar draft that would have extended the so-called cross-border mechanism, for a full year.

A competing draft resolution from Russia that would have authorized deliveries only through Bab al-Hawa until January 10, 2021, failed to be adopted on Thursday as it lacked the required number of votes.

The result was four in favour (China, Russia, South Africa, Vietnam) to seven against (Belgium, Dominican Republic, Estonia, France, Germany, UK, US), with four abstentions (Indonesia, Niger, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Tunisia).

Bab al-Salam is the humanitarian gateway to northern Aleppo while Bab al-Hawa serves Idlib.

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