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How a Saudi Journalist's Disappearance Could Have a Global Impact

Oct 9, 2018 | 00:14 GMT
People hold posters of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi during a protest organized by members of the Turkish-Arabic Media Association at the entrance to Saudi Arabia's consulate on Oct. 8 in Istanbul.

People hold posters of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi during a protest organized by members of the Turkish-Arabic Media Association at the entrance to Saudi Arabia's consulate on Oct. 8 in Istanbul. The alleged murder of the Saudi dissident could have global implications on Riyadh's policies.

Jamal Khashoggi was only going to take care of some routine paperwork. On Oct. 3, the respected Saudi journalist and government critic arrived at his country's consulate in Istanbul to finalize divorce proceedings as his fiancee waited outside. Khashoggi, however, failed to reappear, and three days later, Turkish authorities announced that they had reason to believe a 15-person Saudi security team had tortured, murdered and dismembered the Washington Post journalist. The bombshell has given an unsettling disappearance a drastic, new level of seriousness that is sure to have repercussions across the region....

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