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The disappearance of a Saudi columnist for the Washington Post has erupted into a diplomatic dispute, and potentially an economic one. President Donald Trump said Saudi Arabia could face “severe punishment” if the government is shown to have been involved in Jamal Khashoggi’s disappearance. Sanctions could be one form of punishment, to which the Saudi government said it would forcefully respond. This would be an economic dispute between two countries with close economic ties.
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