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Exclusive: Turkish police believe Saudi journalist Khashoggi was killed in consulate – sources

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkish authorities believe that prominent Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who disappeared four days ago after entering Saudi Arabia’s consulate in Istanbul, was killed inside the consulate, two Turkish sources said on Saturday. FILE PHOTO: Saudi dissident Jamal Khashoggi speaks at an event hosted by Middle East Monitor in London Britain, September 29, 2018. Middle East Monitor/Handout via REUTERS/File Photo“The initial assessment of the Turkish police is that Mr. Khashoggi has been killed at the consulate of Saudi Arabia in Istanbul. We believe that the murder was premeditated and the body was subsequently moved out of the consulate,” one Turkish official told Reuters. The sources…

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Saudi source denies journalist Khashoggi was killed at consulate in Istanbul

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - A source at Saudi Arabia’s consulate in Istanbul denied on Sunday a Reuters report which cited Turkish sources saying they believed that Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was killed inside the consulate building. In a statement, the source said the accusations were baseless, adding that a security team including Saudi investigators had arrived in Istanbul on Saturday to take part in the investigation into Khashoggi’s disappearance. Reporting by Samia Nakhoul; Writing by Dominic Evans; Editing by Nick TattersallOur Standards:The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.

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Brett Kavanaugh sworn in as U.S. Supreme Court justice

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Brett Kavanaugh was sworn in as U.S. Supreme Court justice on Saturday, the court said, after a deeply divided U.S. Senate confirmed him to the court and Republicans dismissed accusations of sexual misconduct against the conservative judge. Judge Brett Kavanaugh testifies during the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on his nomination be an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, U.S., September 27, 2018. Tom Williams/Pool via REUTERS/File PhotoReporting by David BrunnstromOur Standards:The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.

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McConnell says Kavanaugh fight will help Republicans in November

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell told Reuters on Saturday that the political brawl over Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation will help Republicans retain control of the Senate, calling it a “seminal event” leading into the November elections. “We’d been trying to figure out how to get the base excited about this election, and nothing unifies Republicans like a court fight,” McConnell said in a phone interview just before the Senate confirmed Kavanaugh in a 50-48 vote. “It’s been a seminal event leading into the fall election.” The intense debate over sexual misconduct allegations against Kavanaugh gripped the American public for weeks, bringing…

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After fight that split U.S., Kavanaugh wins place on Supreme Court

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A deeply divided U.S. Senate on Saturday confirmed Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, as Republicans dismissed accusations of sexual misconduct against the conservative judge and delivered a major victory to President Donald Trump. By a vote of 50-48, the Senate gave a lifetime job to Kavanaugh, 53, after weeks of fierce debate over sexual violence, privilege and alcohol abuse that convulsed the nation just weeks before congressional elections on Nov. 6. The Senate vote takes the highest U.S. court down a more conservative path, perhaps for many years, and is a bitter blow to Democrats already chafing at Republican control of the White…

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Trump ‘100 percent’ certain Kavanaugh accuser named wrong person

ABOARD AIR FORCE ONE (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said he is “100 percent” certain that Christine Blasey Ford named the wrong person when she accused Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault in testimony during his Supreme Court nomination hearings. President Trump speaks to reporters as he departs the White House for a campaign rally in Topeka, Kansas in Washington, U.S., October 6, 2018. REUTERS/James Lawler Duggan“This is one of the reasons I chose him is because there is no one with a squeaky clean past like Brett Kavanaugh. He is an outstanding person and I’m very honored to have chosen him,” Trump told reporters aboard Air…

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Melania Trump praises Kavanaugh, laments attention on her clothes

CAIRO (Reuters) - Melania Trump concluded her trip to Africa on Saturday by voicing support for her husband’s controversial Supreme Court pick and urging people to pay less attention to what she wears. The U.S. first lady said the message of her tour to Ghana, Malawi, Kenya and Egypt was to show the world that “we care.” The stylish former model also said she did not always agree with her husband’s tweets and shared her opinions with him directly, even though he did not always follow her advice. The four-country trip was a coming out of sorts for the U.S. first lady on the world stage. It…

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Turkish police believe Saudi journalist was killed at consulate: sources

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkish authorities believe that prominent Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who disappeared four days ago after entering Saudi Arabia’s consulate in Istanbul, was killed inside the consulate, two Turkish sources said on Saturday. A demonstrator holds picture of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi during a protest in front of Saudi Arabia's consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, October 5, 2018. REUTERS/Osman Orsal“The initial assessment of the Turkish police is that Mr. Khashoggi has been killed at the consulate of Saudi Arabia in Istanbul. We believe that the murder was premeditated and the body was subsequently moved out of the consulate,” one Turkish official told Reuters. The sources did…

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Kavanaugh on the U.S. Supreme Court: sparks or harmony?

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - When Clarence Thomas took a seat on the U.S. Supreme Court in 1991, he had only barely survived a series of bitter Senate hearings on allegations of sexual harassment that divided the country. But he said he was quickly welcomed by his eight fellow justices. “After going through all those difficulties, the members of the court were just wonderful people to a person,” Thomas said in an appearance at the Library of Congress earlier this year. “So the court itself is quite different from the ordeal. It’s almost the opposite of the ordeal it took to get there.” Brett Kavanaugh will be counting on…

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Kavanaugh to be sworn in as U.S. Supreme Court justice on Saturday

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Brett Kavanaugh will be sworn in as a justice to U.S. Supreme Court on Saturday - hours after he was confirmed by the Senate, the court announced in a statement. FILE PHOTO: Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh testifies in front of the Senate Judiciary committee regarding sexual assault allegations at the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill in Washington DC, U.S., September 27, 2018. Gabriella Demczuk/Pool via REUTERS/File PhotoChief Justice John Roberts will administer the constitutional oath and retired Justice Anthony Kennedy, who Kavanaugh is replacing, will administer the judicial oath in a private ceremony. Reporting by Ginger Gibson; Editing by Alistair BellOur Standards:The…

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