Trump pressed to levy harsh US response to Khashoggi killing

President Donald Trump faces increasing pressure to take tougher measures against Saudi Arabia over the killing of writer Jamal Khashoggi. Trump says that Saudi Arabia is a “spectacular ally” and that he’s not convinced that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the kingdom’s de facto leader, was directly responsible for the Oct. 2 slaying of the editorial columnist for The Washington Post inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. But there are increasing calls for more action amid a growing consensus that the crown prince, who controls virtually all major levers of power in Saudi Arabia, must have known about the operation. The pressure is coming from Democrats and Republicans in Congress and…

Judge bars US from enforcing Trump asylum ban

HOUSTON: A federal judge barred the Trump administration on Monday from refusing asylum to immigrants who cross the southern border illegally. US District Judge Jon S Tigar issued a temporary restraining order after hearing arguments in San Francisco. The request was made by the American Civil Liberties Union and the Centre for Constitutional Rights, which quickly sued after President Donald Trump issued the ban this month in response to the…

Judge bars US from enforcing Trump asylum ban

HOUSTON: A federal judge barred the Trump administration on Monday from refusing asylum to immigrants who cross the southern border illegally. US District Judge Jon S Tigar issued a temporary restraining order after hearing arguments in San Francisco. The request was made by the American Civil Liberties Union and the Centre for Constitutional Rights, which quickly sued after President Donald Trump issued the ban this month in response to the…

Saudi king backs son amid furor over Khashoggi murder

Saudi King Salman stood by the crown prince and heaped praise on the judiciary Monday, in his first public remarks since critic Jamal Khashoggi’s murder tipped the country into one of its worst crises. The public prosecutor last week exonerated Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the king’s son, of involvement in the murder in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2, but the CIA reportedly concluded he had ordered the assassination. The prosecutor called for the death penalty against five men, announced indictments against 11 people, and said a total of 21 individuals were in custody in connection with the killing. “The kingdom was founded on Islamic principles of justice and…