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Jamal Khashoggi murder trial opens in Saudi Arabia with calls for death penalty

The suspects charged with killing journalist Jamal Khashoggi have appeared in court. His murder in the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul threw the kingdom into turmoil, with many suspecting high-level involvement.

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