Saudi Arabia Admits Jamal Khashoggi Was Killed in Consulate

Rabat – Saudi authorities have just admitted that prominent Saudi Journalist Jamal Khashoggi was killed inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2.The Saudi news channel Al Akhbariya made the announcement. Saudi authorities are claiming that Khashoggi was killed in a fight that erupted after he entered the consulate.According to the same source, Khashoggi died from a choke hold during a physical altercation. The announcement contradicts a previous official statement by Saudi authorities. Originally, Saudi Arabia denied any involvement in the Saudi journalist’s death and stressed that he left the consulate shortly after he arrived.It also contradicts statements by Turkish officials to the New York Times in which they asserted that a hit squad that flew in from Saudi Arabia to eliminate the journalist tortured, killed, and dismembered Khashoggi.Saudi authorities announced the arrest of 18 individuals after an investigation established their link to Khashoggi’s murder.Saud Al Qahtani, an adviser to Crown Prince Mohamed Bin Salman, was dismissed from his post. Al Qahtani is notorious for having spearheaded a ferocious media campaign against Qatar since the start of the Saudi-led blockade against its neighbor in June 2017.In late 2016, Qahtani told Khashoggi that he was banned from writing or posting tweets after he made “unfriendly” comments about Trump.???: ?????? ????? ?? ?????? “???? ????? ????? ????? ?????”? ?????? ???? ???? ???? ??????? ?? ????? ??? ????? ???? ???? ? #???????_???????— ???? ???????? (@saudq1978) August 17, 2017In August 2017, Al Qahtani took advantage of his large base of followers and launched a blacklist. He called on all Saudis to report any account showing sympathy towards Qatar or questioning the Saudi decision to impose a blockade on its neighbor.US Senator Lindsay Graham has questioned the narrative of Saudi Arabia. The senator, known for being a close ally to President Donald Trump, said in his Twitter account that he is more than “skeptical about the new Saudi narrative.”To say that I am skeptical of the new Saudi narrative about Mr. Khashoggi is an understatement.— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) October 19, 2018Representative Adam Schiff, a ranking member of the US House Intelligence Committee, expressed the same skepticism and called on Congress to hold Saudi Arabia accountable if the Trump administration fails to do so.The claim that Khashoggi was killed while brawling with 15 men dispatched from Saudi Arabia is not at all credible. If he was fighting with those sent to capture or kill him, it was for his life.The Kingdom must be held to account. If Administration doesn’t lead, Congress must.— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) October 19, 2018 read more

Sothebys to host first all gold auction after demand surges from Asia

 A solid gold head of supermodel Kate Moss has a guide price of up to £400,000 An Imperial carved giltwood ceremonial armchair could fetch up to £300,000 Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. The auction will take place in London on October 17 with the online sale commencing on the 9th and concluding on the 19th.The collection will feature sculptures, sacred objects, contemporary art, ancient texts on the craft of goldsmithing; a merging of old and new styles of gilded artmaking through the ages.Among the items to be sold is a Paul Mak artwork, estimated to fetch between £8,000 and £12,000. “This is my favourite piece so far,” said Mr Frangos.“It is not one of the most expensive pieces to feature in the auction but the level of detail is quite remarkable.” An Imperial carved giltwood ceremonial armchair could fetch up to £300,000Credit:The Midas Touch Sotherby’s Sale A solid gold head of supermodel Kate Moss has a guide price of up to £400,000Credit:Sotheby’s Kate Moss in Marc Quinn’s Song of a Siren is also to feature in the sale, with an auction estimate of £300,000 to £400,000.“The Kate Moss by Marc Quinn is truly something special as it is solid gold and extremely iconic,” he added.The cast is made from 18 carat solid gold and weighs more than 8000 grams.Mr Frangos said that it was the status symbol that gold embodies which has made it such a popular metal and that it was often the “unique and historic” nature of the items which really piqued client and collector interest.He added: “With this being Sotheby’s first all gold auction we are going to see how it goes before considering if we do them elsewhere outside of London, but even at this very early stage we have seen a huge amount of interest which is very exciting.” Sotheby’s is to hold its first ever auction entirely dedicated to gold after a spike in demand for artefacts and furniture made with the precious metal.The auction was announced following “increasingly strong demand” for gold from clients in markets such as Asia, Russia and the Middle East.The event due to be held later this year will feature a solid gold head of supermodel Kate Moss and a gold chair which once sat in Napoleon’s Throne Room.Senior director and head of sale Constantine Frangos said: “We have seen increasingly strong demand for gold items from our clients so this the the first all gold auction being held by Sotheby’s and every department is contributing so we are going to get a real variety of items.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––“Gold has always been a universal symbol of status and has huge historic provenance but we have seen this renewed demand for gold items mainly due to new interest from markets such as Asia, Russia and the Middle East.” read more