US cites journalist murder as a rights abuse by Saudi Arabia

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is using an annual report on human rights abuses around the world to call out ally Saudi Arabia over the killing of U.S.-based journalist Jamal Khashoggi (jah-MAHL’ khahr-SHOHK’-jee).

The State Department report says The Washington Post columnist was killed by agents of the kingdom while he was inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul. The report notes Saudi Arabia has indicted 11 suspects but hasn’t provided details on the investigation or who may have directed the operation.

The Saudis have denied that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman had any involvement. U.S. lawmakers have said they believe he ordered the killing of the royal critic. Trump has been reluctant to place blame.

The report also identifies human rights abuses in Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Russia, Turkey and Venezuela.

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