Turkish authorities have been leaking more and more information about the disappearance of Saudi critic and journalist Jamal Khashoggi. The government’s official line has changed multiple times in the last few days. Experts suggest that this happened: Turkey tried to coordinate its response to the case with Saudi Arabia, but the kingdom didn’t respond, so Turkey started leaking. Turkey’s response to the international crisis over Jamal Khashoggi, the Saudi critic and journalist who vanished after entering his country’s consulate in Istanbul last week, has been confusing at best. Officials in Ankara have gone from accusing Riyadh of premeditated murder, to saying that the country’s leadership was not at fault. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan himself has also, in the space of a week, gone from saying that he hoped Khashoggi was still alive to saying: “It is not possible for us to remain silent.” Anonymous Turkish authorities have also been … [Read more...] about Turkey’s strange shifting story on Saudi critic Khashoggi suggests a dark turn from Saudi Arabia
October 10, 2018 11:14 AM The Associated Press LinkedIn Google+ Pinterest Reddit Print Order Reprint of this Story PANAMA CITY, Florida The Latest on Hurricane Michael (all times Eastern):2:10 p.m.Local news reporters were working in the dark as Hurricane Michael made landfall in Florida's Panhandle.The News Herald in Panama City tweeted that conditions were "getting very nasty here" as the hurricane's eye closed in. The newsroom was running on generator power without internet access.The newspaper tweeted that reporters were feeling "crashing thunder shaking building."At the Panama City news station WJHG/WECP, reporter Tyler Allender tweeted that his colleagues were taking shelter in a hallway in the middle of the building because "this wind is SERIOUS."Allender said they were sitting in the dark because their building had lost power.___1:45 p.m.The National Hurricane Center says Michael is making landfall near Mexico Beach, Florida, as a catastrophic Category … [Read more...] about The Latest: Reporters work in the dark as Michael hits land
Jon Gambrell, Associated Press Updated 7:46 am CDT, Tuesday, October 9, 2018 FILE- In this April 9, 2018 file photo, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is welcomed by French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe in Paris, France. The disappearance of Saudi journalist and contributor to The Washington Post Jamal Khashoggi on Oct. 2, 2018, in Turkey, peels away a carefully cultivated reformist veneer promoted about the Saudi Crown Prince, instead exposing its autocratic tendencies. The kingdom long has been known to grab rambunctious princes or opponents abroad and spirit them back to Riyadh on private planes. But the disappearance of Khashoggi, who Turkish officials fear has been killed, potentially has taken the practice to a new, macabre level by grabbing a writer who could both navigate Saudi Arabia’s byzantine royal court and explain it to the West. less FILE- In this April 9, 2018 file photo, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is welcomed by French Prime … [Read more...] about AP Analysis: Missing writer shows Saudi Arabia’s dark side
On January 11, 2017, a week before Trump’s inauguration, two powerful men huddled together at the bar of the Four Seasons Hotel in the Seychelles, off the coast of east Africa: a fit, 6-foot-tall middle-aged American, with a military bearing, and a slightly younger Russian man, balding and bespectacled. They each nursed a beer and spoke quietly, so that the pair of Arab-looking men in dark suits standing nearby didn’t even try to eavesdrop. Every few minutes, the American checked his watch, a rescue-beacon-equipped Breitling Emergency. Special counsel Robert Mueller has reportedly zeroed in on the hush-hush meeting, gathering evidence that shows it may have been one of the first efforts to set up a covert line of communication between Trump and Putin. But amid the scrutiny of Trump’s ties with Russia–and on meetings like the one in the Seychelles–another important story has been overlooked: the attempts by the United Arab Emirates, many successful, to … [Read more...] about Two Princes: How a secret meeting signaled the UAE’s pull in Trump’s D.C.
The Minnesota-based arena rock tribute band Hairball prides itself on near-identical portrayals of icons like Alice Cooper. So when a white vocalist appeared wearing dark makeup to play Prince’s “Purple Rain” to a crowd of 7,500 at the Minnesota State Fair recently, it was business as usual, said their manager Mike Findling. “They wear makeup on KISS. They wear makeup on Alice Cooper. They wear makeup on Prince,” Findling said, adding that he didn’t consider the powder vocalist Kris Vox wore to look black to be blackface. “How would we do it in any other way?” At the Sept. 1 concert at the Minnesota State Fair’s largest venue, most of the predominantly white crowd sang along to the ’80s hit known for catapulting Minneapolis native Prince to national stardom. As a purple glow lit the Grandstand, middle-aged couples slow danced and millennials linked together as they swayed back and forth. “Our fan base loves it, … [Read more...] about When Minnesota rock-tribute band Hairball plays Prince — in blackface — at the Minnesota State Fair