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Saudi king praises his son, Mohammed bin Salman, but says nothing about Khashoggi killing

Saudi king praises his son, Mohammed bin Salman, but says nothing about Khashoggi killing

Critics of Saudi Arabia’s royal heir Mohammad bin Salman have in recent weeks turned to the crown prince’s father, hoping the 82-year-old king would rein in his son’s ambitions after the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

The answer came Monday, when King Salman gave his annual policy address without mentioning Khashoggi or hinting at any unhappiness with his son, widely known by his initials, MBS.

A mild critic who refused to call himself a dissident, Khashoggi was killed in the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, last month. His death has become the kingdom’s biggest crisis since 19 hijackers, 15 of them with Saudi passports,...

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