On October 2nd, 2018, Saudi journalist-in-exile and frequent critic of the country’s ruling monarchy Jamal Khashoggi, a U.S. resident, entered the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul to obtain routine documentation for his upcoming marriage to his Turkish fiancée Hatice Cengiz. He was never seen leaving—and, according to the New York Times, Turkish officials are anonymously confirming that investigators believe he was killed inside. Other sources said he may have been later dismembered to smuggle his body out of the building.
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In the latest example of "Philip K Dick-inspired nightmare becomes real life", Saudi Arabia just became the first nation to grant citizenship to a robot. The robot's name is Sophia. It is artificially intelligent, friends with CNBC's Andrew Ross Sorkin and arguably, a glimpse into the dark future that will kill us all.
Saudi Arabia -- a key U.S. ally in the Middle East which also happens to be an armed-to-the-teeth absolute monarchy with a record of massive human rights abuses -- is planning on moving forward with a $US500 billion plan for a "new city state that would also straddle Jordan and Egypt in the kingdom's northwest," Arab News reported.