Trudeau told Saudi prince 'better answers' are needed on Khashoggi killing

Senator Lindsey Graham after the CIA briefing
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United States intelligence community assessments and experts said it's unlikely the killing could have happened without the crown prince's knowledge.

He was one of 37 Republicans who voted against advancing a nonbinding resolution last week to end US support for the Saudi-led military campaign in Yemen.

Saudi Arabia has detained 21 people and seeking the death penalty for five.

Now three sources, briefed on the activists' treatment, say a group of men subjected this woman and at least three others to sexual harassment, electrocution and flogging between May and August at an unofficial holding facility in Jeddah.

But the White House has threatened a veto of the legislation, and leaders in the Republican-controlled House haven't shown any interest in taking it up.

"It is true that those organizations are part of a government that has been implicated in the murder of journalist Khashoggi, that is pursuing repressive policies at home, and whose participation in the Yemeni civil war has been widely condemned", wrote Richard K. Lester, the associate provost of worldwide activities, in the report.

Karen Attiah, a Washington Post editor who worked closely with Khashoggi, called the non-binding resolution "toothless" in a tweet. "One is support for Saudi Arabia in their war involving Iran and their activities in Yemen". "The benefits are to MIT, to our faculty, to our students, and also potentially to Saudi society and even the global community - for example, a number of the research projects MIT is conducting with Saudi support are related to water and energy, with the ultimate goal of protecting the environment". The report and the feedback will be presented to Reif, who will use the information to guide future decisions, the university said.

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Since the killing, some on campus have pushed for an end to all financial ties with the kingdom.

MIT is trying to separate Saudi government organizations from the country's rulers to justify the continued links, Adeimi said.

Lester acknowledged that the recommendation is likely to be controversial but said money wasn't the motive. If individual researchers want to back out of projects with the kingdom, he said, the school will help arrange it without disrupting the work.

And a Saudi embassy spokesperson tweeted Tuesday: "At no time did HRH (His Royal Highness) the Crown Prince correspond with any Saudi officials in any government entity on harming Jamal Khashoggi, a Saudi citizen".

Meanwhile, 44 percent came from private and corporate donors, and another 4 percent came from a variety of smaller Saudi-funded programs.

US intelligence officials also have concluded before that the crown prince must have at least known of the plot, but Trump has been reluctant to pin the blame. Much of that came through a scholarship program that covers tuition for Saudi students in the USA, but at least $62 million came from contracts and gifts from Saudi-owned sources.

Yasin Aktay, an adviser to Turkey's president, said Thursday that the two-time Oscar victor interviewed him in Ankara as part of his "preliminary preparations" for the documentary before leaving for Istanbul where he was due to meet with Khashoggi's Turkish fiancee.

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