Bad weather ‘till Tuesday’

Updated 14 September 2015
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Bad weather ‘till Tuesday’

MAKKAH: Inclement weather will prevail in the holy city of Makkah until Tuesday and a warning had been issued about the weather on Thursday, a day before the Grand Mosque accident, the Presidency of Meteorology and Environment (PME) has said.
“Cloudy skies and thundershowers, accompanied by winds around 50 km per hour raising dust, is expected over the next few days,” PME spokesman Hussein Al-Qahtani was quoted as saying by local media on Saturday.
The city registered winds of 60 km per hour besides thunder and rain on Friday, he said.
“The PME had given a warning of rough weather earlier. It provides information to specialized bodies in different areas of the Kingdom regularly and whenever the situation warrants it,” Al-Qahtani added.


Saudi official reveals new details about Khashoggi case to Reuters

Updated 59 min 40 sec ago
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Saudi official reveals new details about Khashoggi case to Reuters

  • Saudi official told Reuters that journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s death was a result of a mistake from the negotiation team
  • The confusion of the negotiation team led them to cover up on the incident, the official told Reuters

DUBAI: The instructions of the head of the Khashoggi mission were based on a previous directive to negotiate the return of members of opposition, a Saudi official told Reuters in a report published on Sunday.

The source said that the primary reports on the mission were not accurate so they had to investigate further, and that journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s death was a result of a mistake from the negotiation team.

The confusion of the negotiation team led them to cover up on the incident, the official told Reuters.

The previous negotiation directive did not require the person in charge to obtain approvals from leadership, the official added.

According to the Saudi official’s reports to Reuters, primary findings showed that the death was a result of choking during at attempt to stop Khashoggi from raising his voice.

The negotiation team disobeyed orders, abused their authority and used violence, and there are 18 suspects in the Khashoggi case and they are currently detained pending an investigation, according to the official.

(Developing)