WWE Crown Jewel will remain in Saudi Arabia as planned

Anna Jefferson
October 26, 2018

That adage fits Vince McMahon's sports entertainment juggernaut on Thursday, when the Stamford, Ct., -based company announced it will go forward with its "Crown Jewel" event in Saudi Arabia on November 2, despite the worldwide disgust for the premeditated murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

TASI, the largest Arab bourse, is 8.4 percent higher on the year.

Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has requested extradition of 18 persons it claimed were responsible for the killing of Jamal Khashoggi and dis-membered of Jamal Khashoggi inside The Saudi Arabia Consulate in Ankara on Tuesday October 2nd, 2018 to be brought to Turkey to face justice.

The crown prince on Wednesday called the killing "repulsive".

An independent United Nations investigator says Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was the victim of an "extrajudicial execution" carried out by the Saudi state.

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CIA Director Gina Haspel, who visited Turkey this week, listened to recorded audio of Khashoggi's murder obtained by Turkish investigators, Reuters reported Thursday, citing two unnamed sources.

The kingdom, who oiringally denied all knowledge of Khashoggi's whereabouts, has since admitted he was murdered at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, blaming a "rogue operation".

Trump has also blamed the Saudi de facto leader, who is known in media as "MBS", for the killing of Khashoggi.

The disclosure came a day after US President Donald Trump, the kingdom's staunchest Western ally, was quoted by the Wall Street Journal as saying that Prince Mohammed, also known as MbS, bore ultimate responsibility for the operation that led to Khashoggi's death.

Turkish officials suspect Saudi agents killed Khashoggi, 59, inside the consulate and cut up his body.

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Separately, Saudi Crown Prince Mohamad bin Salman on Thursday chaired a meeting of a newly created committee tasked with restructuring the Saudi intelligence apparatus, according to the official Saudi Press Agency.

After initially insisting that Khashoggi was killed in a "brawl", the Saudis changed their account Thursday morning, agreeing with the Turkish government that Khashoggi's death was a "premeditated" murder.

Last week, its government changed its story, saying the USA resident and critic of Saudi policy had died in the consulate because of a fight.

Through a steady stream of leaks to Turkish and foreign media, Turkish officials have mounted a compelling case that the Saudi agents planned to kill Khashoggi, dismember him and dispose of his remains.

King Salman, who has delegated the day-to-day running of Saudi Arabia to the crown prince, on Saturday ordered a restructuring of the general intelligence agency. "And it is painful, heinous to every human being in the world".

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Saudi Energy Minister Khalid Al Falih conceded on Wednesday that the scandal over Khashoggi had hurt the kingdom's image.

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