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Saudi rights commission interviews detainees over alleged torture

Al Jazeera

Saudi Arabia's human rights commission is investigating the alleged torture of women's rights activists including accusations of electrocution and waterboarding, the Wall Street Journal reported. Citing government officials and other people familiar with the activists' situation, the US publication said Saud al-Qahtani, a close adviser to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS), had overseen "some aspects of the torture", threatening one of the activists with rape and death. A former adviser at the royal court, Qahtani was dismissed in the aftermath of the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the kingdom's consulate in Istanbul on October 2. Qahtani, who directed the crown prince's media operations, was one of 17 Saudi nationals sanctioned by the US Treasury Department in connection with Khashoggi's murder. Members of the commission began questioning some of the detainees over the past month in Jeddah's Dabhan prison, including 29-year-old activist Loujain al-Hathloul. "Saud al-Qahtani threatened to rape her, kill her and throw her into the sewage," one of the sources privy to the testimony told the newspaper.


Khashoggi death account not 'credible,' lawmakers across aisle say

FOX News

Prosecutors say 18 Saudis are being held as suspects in columnist Jamal Khashoggi's death, Royal court adviser Saud al-Qahtani and deputy intelligence chief Ahmed Asiri have been fired; Benjamin Hall reports from Istanbul. Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle were fired up by Friday's report that Jamal Khashoggi, the activist and writer who disappeared after entering the Saudi Consulate in Turkey earlier this month, had been killed in a fight, as reported by Saudi state media. Democrats and Republicans alike questioned the reported details of his death. It was said to have been preceded by "a brawl and a physical altercation" that erupted after "discussions between citizen Jamal Khashoggi and those who met him while he was in the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul," Saudi Arabia's attorney general said in a statement, according to The Wall Street Journal. State media also quoted prosecutors as saying 18 Saudi nationals were being held on suspicion of being involved in the Washington Post columnist's death.


MBS communicated with adviser during Khashoggi killing: WSJ

Al Jazeera

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) sent 11 messages to his closest adviser, who reportedly oversaw the operatives who killed journalist Jamal Khashoggi, in the hours before and after the journalist's murder on October 2, according to a Wall Street Journal report. The Journal said on Saturday it had reviewed excerpts of an intelligence file that was classified as "highly confidential", which cites electronic intercepts and other covert information between Prince Mohammed and his aide, Saud al-Qahtani. However, the content of the messages between the two parties is unknown. "To be clear, we lack direct reports that the crown prince issued the order of murder," the assessment notes, according to the Journal. The assessment reports that Qahtani, who supervised the 15-man team that killed Khashoggi, was also in direct communication with the team's leader in Istanbul.


How will the new Khashoggi revelations affect MBS?

Al Jazeera

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman sent at least 11 messages to his closest adviser, who reportedly oversaw the operatives who killed columnist Jamal Khashoggi, the Wall Street Journal reported on Saturday. The Journal said on Saturday it had reviewed excerpts of an intelligence file that was classified as "highly confidential", which cites electronic intercepts and other covert information between Prince Mohammed and his aide, Saud al-Qahtani. However, the content of the messages between the two parties is unknown. "To be clear, we lack direct reports that the crown prince issued the order of murder," the assessment notes, according to the Journal. The assessment reports that Qahtani, who supervised the 15-man team that killed Khashoggi, was also in direct communication with the team's leader in Istanbul.


Rosario Dawson will not rest until she is in every superhero universe

Mashable

We don't know if Rosario Dawson set out to join every single superhero universe in existence, but she couldn't be doing a better job if she tried. The Lego Batman and Daredevil actress is now in negotiations to join New Mutants, Mashable has confirmed. The X-Men spinoff is being directed by Josh Boone (The Fault in Our Stars) and already has Anya Taylor-Joy (Split) and Maisie Williams (Game of Thrones) set to star. SEE ALSO: The'X-Men' universe has two Stark sisters now A sort of YA spin on the X-Men franchise, New Mutants will center on a group of students navigating teen angst and mutant superpowers. Dawson is looking to play Dr. Cecilia Reyes, a doctor from the Bronx who has the ability to create defensive psioplasmatic fields.