EU's Position on Khashoggi's Murder Remains Same, Probe Needed - Spokeswoman

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Saudi Arabia's King Salman has approved a scheme to reimburse some of the companies who struggled to pay steadily increasing fees for expatriate work permits in 2017 and 2018 and waive the fee hikes for some who weren't able to pay, the labor minister said, Trend reported citing Reuters. "In any case, our relationship is with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia".

"Consistent with the previous administration's position and the constitutional separation of powers, the president maintains his discretion to decline to act on congressional committee requests when appropriate", the administration said, adding that the USA already has taken action against the killers.

If confirmed, the phone call would appear to be the most direct evidence yet linking Crown Prince Mohammed to plans to kill the "Washington Post" columnist.

Khashoggi was murdered at the Saudi embassy in Istanbul, Turkey on October 2.

It follows a report in The New York Times this week, that clamed the crown prince threatened to use "a bullet" on Khashoggi unless the journalist ended his criticm of his regime.

The fact Khashoggi's body still has not been found is causing "even greater suffering" to his loved ones, the report adds.

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The conversation was intercepted by United States intelligence agencies, as part of routine efforts by the National Security Agency and other agencies to capture and store the communications of global leaders, including allied ones, The Times said. The visit of Prince Salman, who will be accompanied by a large delegation of ministers and senior officials, will further strengthen India-Saudi energy cooperation besides emphasising enhancement of ties across several areas, including IT, health and tourism.

Al-Jubeir bristled at the notion that outsiders would criticize the government.

After denying for weeks that Khashoggi was killed in the consulate, Saudi Arabia late a year ago indicted 11 people in the killing, including members from the crown prince's entourage, and is seeking the death penalty against five of them.

The UN official said, "Woefully inadequate time and access was granted to Turkish investigators to conduct a professional and effective crime-scene examination and search required by global standards for investigation".

The Saudi prosecutor said Saud al-Qahtani, a close adviser to the crown prince, played a role in coordinating the murder but it's unclear whether he's facing charges. Callamard is scheduled to deliver the final report to the United Nations human rights council in June.

Saudi Arabia has previously denied Turkey's extradition request for the 11 suspects. It's unclear if they remain detained during the trial or where they're being held.

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