News Wire | Friday, Nov. 18, 2022

U.S. Backs Immunity for Saudi Leader in Lawsuit Over Khashoggi Murder

By Ben Hubbard | The New York Times (free)

The Biden administration has declared that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia should be granted immunity in a U.S. legal case over his role in the murder of the Saudi dissident Jamal Khashoggi, effectively blocking yet another effort to hold the kingdom’s leader accountable for the grisly crime.

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Sweden Finds Explosive Traces at Nord Stream Blast Site, Confirms Sabotage

By Emily Rauhala & Ellen Francis | The Washington Post

The mysterious blasts in September that hit the Nord Stream gas pipelines built to carry Russian natural gas to Europe were caused by “gross sabotage” and investigators have found traces of explosives, Swedish authorities said Friday.

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