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Saudi Arabia seeks death penalty for 5 in Khashoggi murder

Jamal Khashoggi
Slain journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Photo: Mohammed Al-Shaikh/AFP/Getty Images

Saudi Arabian state media announced Thursday that the kingdom plans to seek the death penalty against five suspects in the killing of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi, the AP reports.

The big picture: Saudi Arabia has felt immense international pressure regarding its response to Khashoggi's death, especially following revelations that the assassination may have been overseen by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. And it's sure to face even more scrutiny regarding this ongoing court case — as very few details, including the identities and alleged motives of the suspects, have been made public.

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Saudi king shifts cabinet in the wake of Khashoggi killing

King Salman with Crown Prince Mohamed bin Salman
King Salman with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Photo: Bandar Algaloud/Saudi Kingdom Council via Getty Images

Saudi Arabia's King Salman made broad changes to his cabinet Thursday in the wake of the killing of reporter Jamal Khashoggi, the Associated Press reports.

Details: The kingdom's two supreme councils related to the economy and security saw the most overhaul, but both remain headed by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who the CIA linked to Khashoggi's killing. Despite major changes to the councils, however, the crown prince's power remained untouched.

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