In formally affirming his support for Riyadh, Donald Trump defied his own intelligence services and a vast amount of evidence suggesting that the killing of Khashoggi, the journalist murdered in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul last month, was done with the knowledge of Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman (above). Photograph:  Amir Levy/Reuters

In a 633-word statement filled with exclamation marks and the unmistakably disjointed rhetoric that characterises his speech, US president Donald Trum(...)

US president Donald Trump, flanked by White House senior adviser Jared Kushner, meets Saudi Arabia’s Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia in May 2017. Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

Donald Trump has expressed his unstinting support for Saudi Arabia and questioned whether Mohammed bin Salman, the crown prince, knew about the murder(...)

The cordoned-off Bataclan concert hall in Paris, November 16th, 2015. The “Beyond Chaos: In the Aftermath of the Arab Upheavals” launch occurred on the third anniversary of the massacres. Photograph: Bertrand Guay/AFP/Getty Images

When the French academic Gilles Kepel went to Damascus to study Arabic in 1977, the two most salient features of the Middle East were the Arab-Israeli(...)

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan addressing members of parliament from his ruling AK Party during a meeting at the Turkish parliament in Ankara on Friday. Photograph:  Tumay Berkin/Reuters

Recep Tayyip Erdogan this week lamented the killing of Jamal Khashoggi on Turkish soil as a “savage” crime against a man he called a friend. But the a(...)

'I knew few people as skilled at explaining the mood of the Arab street and the intricacies of Arab politics' as Jamal Khashoggi, above. Photograph: Johnny Green/PA Wire

I first met Jamal Khashoggi in January 1992, when we were both covering the military coup that prevented the Islamic Salvation Front winning parliamen(...)

 Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas stated: ‘Palestine was – and shall remain – on the side of Saudi Arabia.’ Photograph:  Abbas Momani / AFP

Arab governments have, belatedly, rallied round Riyadh over the disappearance and presumed murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi while visiting t(...)

Jamal Khashoggi: a man who knew too much. Photograph: Mohammed al-Shaikh/AFP/Getty Images

Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi had been a regime insider for decades and knew how the kingdom’s rulers and security services dealt with dissidents. (...)

 Egyptian photojournalist Mahmoud Abu Zeid, better known as Shawkan, reacts behind a grill after a verdict sentenced him to five years in Cairo, Egypt. Photograph: Mohamed Hossam/EPA

An Egyptian court has sentenced 75 people to death for their involvement in a 2013 sit-in protest by Islamists that was broken up by security forces i(...)

 Supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood attend a protest in support of the ousted Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi outside the Rabaa al-Adawiya mosque, in Cairo in August 2013.  Photograph: Khaled Elfiqi/EPA

An Egyptian court has sentenced 75 people to death, including top figures in the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood group, for their involvement in a 2013 si(...)

 Roseanne Barr: will have no involvement with new show. Photograph: Valerie Macon/AFP/Getty Images

US TV network ABC is to create a 10-episode Roseanne spinoff without any involvement of its creator Roseanne Barr, who sparked widespread outrage by t(...)

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