The latest high-profile nomination sends clear signals that the Biden administration will endeavour to repair diplomatic ties damaged during Trump’s tenure in the White House.
Called an "exemplary diplomat" by US President-elect Joe Biden, William Burns has a 33-year career at State Department under both Republican and Democratic presidents.
Incoming MI6 chief Richard Moore, along with CIA director Gina Haspel and DGSE head Bernard Emie, have all professionally served in Turkey and speak Turkish.
Anger at the human cost of the Yemen war and outrage over Jamal Khashoggi's murder are prompting a harder line in the US Congress with the Senate greenlighting a vote that could end US military support for Riyadh's war in Yemen.
US President Donald Trump has come under fierce criticism from fellow Republicans in the Senate over the killing of Saudi Journalist Jamal Khashoggi, particularly after CIA Director Gina Haspel briefed them,
CNN cites source, who they say had read the translated transcript of the audio recording from the Saudi consulate in Istanbul where journalist Jamal Khashoggi was killed by a hit squad on October 2.
CIA director Gina Haspel meets with a small group of US senators, including the chairmen and ranking senators on the key national security committees, to brief them on the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi
Director of US spy agency Gina Haspel signalled to Turkish officials the agency had a recording of a call in which Mohammed bin Salman gave instructions to kill Jamal Khashoggi, according to a Turkish newspaper.
The statement by the EU's top diplomat Federica Mogherini comes as Turkish media report the CIA has a recording of a phone call in which Saudi crown prince gave instructions to "silence Jamal Khashoggi as soon as possible".
Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan asks Riyadh to disclose the location of Jamal Khashoggi's body, and demands Riyadh hand over the people it arrested to be tried in Turkey.
US announces penalties for 21 Saudis, the first reaction from the Trump administration since journalist Jamal Khashoggi went missing from the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. Pompeo says this will "not be the last word on the matter from the US."
Gina Haspel, who is the first female director, was confirmed by the US Senate despite severe opposition due to her involvement and oversight of the intelligence agency's torture, detention and interrogation programmes.
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