The international business and diplomatic world have made their discomfort clear: journalists, investors, and some CEOs have pulled out of a three-day financial conference in Riyadh dubbed “Davos in the Desert.” British tycoon Richard Branson also announced that he had pulled back from two tourism projects in the country and has suspended discussions about a $1-billion Saudi investment in Virgin’s space companies.

The case has also highlighted the absence of US ambassadors in more than 50 countries around the world, including Turkey and Saudi Arabia, to handle a crisis of this sort. The Turkish investigation continues.

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