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Doyle McManus: The U.S. has a problem in Saudi Arabia, and it's still not being fixed

WASHINGTON - Almost six months after Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was murdered, the man believed to have ordered the killing has cemented his position as President Donald Trump's closest ally in the Arab world.

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the de facto ruler of Saudi Arabia, has weathered the initial storm over the Oct. 2 killing in the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul. Trump and his aides have made clear that they consider the prince an essential U.S. partner in the Middle East.

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