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Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi entered the consulate of Saudi Arabia in Istanbul on October 2 to obtain a document certifying that he divorced his ex-wife to be able to remarry. He has not been seen since.

Turkish sources have told the media that they believe the Saudi writer and critic was killed at the consulate in what they describe as "premeditated murder."

Saudi officials have responded to that claim, insisting that Khashoggi left the building before disappearing.

Al Jazeera started a page of & # 39; live updates & # 39; October 10th. Here are all the news from Wednesday, October 10 to Wednesday, October 17:

Sunday, October 21

Turkey puts Khashoggi's fiancee under 24-hour protection

The Turkish authorities have placed the fiancee of the murdered Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi under 24-hour police protection, the state news agency. Anadolu has said.

The governor's office in Istanbul placed Hatice Cengiz, a Turkish citizen who was to be married to Khashoggi later this month, under 24-hour police protection, Anadolu said.

The authorities did not respond immediately to a request for comments on what motivated the decision to give him security details.

Germany freezes arms exports to Saudi Arabia after Khashoggi's death

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she supports the freezing of arms exports to Saudi Arabia after the assassination of Jamal Khashoggi.

Merkel told reporters in Berlin on Sunday that "I agree with all those who say that arms exports are already limited (…) can not be made in the situation we are currently."

His foreign minister, Heiko Maas, had already said on Saturday that he currently does not see "bases for decisions in favor of arms exports to Saudi Arabia."

Last month, Germany approved $ 480 million in arms exports to Saudi Arabia by 2018.

In the past, military exports from Berlin to Saudi Arabia consisted mainly of patrol boats.

Saudi Foreign Minister defends the narrative of the kingdom on the murder of Khashoggi

The Foreign Minister of Saudi Arabia defended the kingdom's narrative on the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, saying it was comparable to the way the US government responded to a 2004 SBC on the use of torture in prison of Abu Ghraib in Iraq.

Adel Al-Jubeir told FOX News that the reason the kingdom took 18 days to confirm the killing of Khashoggi was because the Saudi authorities "did not want to issue speculation or rumors or gossip."

"When you have a situation like this, you want the information you post to be as accurate as possible, you do not want to issue speculation, rumors or gossip, these things take time, you may want to look back." The issue of Abu Ghraib and the line time between the time the incidents were discovered and the time when the US government published its initial report of what happened, these things take time and you should be careful. "

When asked if MBS was aware of Khashoggi's murder, Jubeir replied: "The individuals who did this, they do it beyond the reach of their authority." A tremendous mistake was made and what aggravated the error was the attempt to cover it up. . . "

He then added: "The people involved were not linked to him, there were photos of some security officers that may have been part of his security detail from time to time, but this is normal." People who deal with security details rotate between the different officials, both national and foreign, so having someone in a photo does not imply that it is intimate, far from it, the Crown Prince has denied it, even the leadership of our intelligence service was not aware.

"This was a dishonest operation, it was an operation where the individuals ended up surpassing the authorities and responsibilities they had, and they made a mistake in killing Jamal Khashoggi at the consulate and they tried to cover it up."

When asked if Khashoggi's body was dismembered, Jubeir said the kingdom was "working" to find him with his Turkish counterparts.

Khashoggi killing & # 39; planned & # 39 ;: Turkish source

The Turkish attorney general's office has obtained evidence that the killing of Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul was planned in advance, according to a source in the attorney general's office.

The source, who spoke with Al Jazeera on Sunday on condition of anonymity, said the evidence found by Turkey's criminal investigation team fully supports the opinion of the attorney general about the circumstances of the journalist's murder, without giving further details.

How the Saudi narrative changed Khashoggi's murder in 18 days

According to the source, the Turkish authorities have received official statements from 15 Saudi suspects, but did not request that they be taken to Turkey, pending the investigation.

Turkish media reports have published information detailing a 15-member team that allegedly arrived in Istanbul to confront Khashoggi at the consulate.

In addition to receiving statements from those present when Khashoggi was killed on October 2, investigators also interrogated 25 staff members working at the consulate, the source said.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Sunday he would announce the details of the Turkish investigation into the killing of Khashoggi on Tuesday.

United Kingdom, France and Germany issue joint statement condemning Khashoggi's assassination

The United Kingdom, France and Germany issued a joint statement condemning the killing of Jamal Khashoggi, saying there was "an urgent need to clarify exactly what happened".

In a statement issued on Sunday, governments said that "nothing can justify this murder and we condemn it in the strongest terms possible."

They said that the "hypotheses" proposed so far in Saudi research should be supported by facts to be considered credible.

Erdogan: Turkey will reveal the 'naked truth & # 39; about Khashoggi's death on Tuesday

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he revealed the "naked truth" about the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi on Tuesday.

Murder of Khashoggi: Trump is not satisfied & # 39; with the Saudi explanation

"We are seeking justice here and this will be revealed in all its naked truth, not through some ordinary steps but in all its naked truth," Erdogan told a rally in Istanbul.

Major US Senator accuses Mohammed bin Salman of killing Khashoggi

Bob Corker, a Republican senator and chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, says the Saudi Crown Prince, Mohammed bin Salman, also known as MBS, "crossed a line" in the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Corker told CNN's "State of the Union" that Saudi Arabia had "lost all credibility in explaining what has happened" and that, based on its reports, it believed that MBS directed the assassination of Washington columnist Post

"I'm not rushing to judge, do I think he [MBS] did [kill Khashoggi] – Yes, I think he did, "Corker told CNN's Jake Tapper.

"The United States and the rest of the world will believe that he did it."

In the interview, Corker also criticized the supposed anti-corruption campaign of MBS when more than 200 powerful Saudis were arrested last November, and the blockade imposed on Saudi Arabia's neighbor, the Gulf Qatar.

"When you look [at] What he did when he came to power, got the opposition at the Ritz Carlton. They were stopped there. Tortured many of them.

"And if you look at the rookie mistake he made with Qatar, where without even talking to us, they started this blockade, he made some mistakes and, obviously, if he had gone out and murdered this journalist, now he crossed the line, and there has to be a punishment and a price paid for that. "

Trump accuses Saudi Arabia of "lies" for the murder of Khashoggi

The president of the United States, Donald Trump, accused Saudi Arabia of lying about the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, in his strongest comments to date.

"Obviously, there have been deceptions and lies," he said in an interview with the Washington Post that was published late on Saturday.

"Their stories are everywhere," Trump added.

But the president of EE. UU He failed to blame Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, also known as MBS, for the murder, saying that no evidence has yet been presented by intelligence officials to make him believe that MBS had a direct role.

"No one has told me he is responsible, nobody has told me he is not responsible, we have not reached that point, I have not heard in any way," Trump said.

Pakistan welcomes contacts between the Saudi king and Erdogan

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Pakistan has said that it welcomes contacts between King Salman of Saudi Arabia and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his desire to continue working together to address the problem of Jamal Khashoggi.

"We welcome the measures taken by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Turkey to address this problem, disseminating the facts to the public and bringing those responsible to justice is important in this regard," he said.

Saudi official gives new version of Khashoggi's assassination

A Saudi official told the Reuters news agency that the team of 15 Saudis who were sent to face Khashoggi on October 2 killed him in a stranglehold after "overriding" his orders.

Speaking on condition of anonymity, the official said the team tried to intimidate Khashoggi, but when the 59-year-old raised his voice, the team panicked.

Then they tried to contain him, placed him in a strangulation and covered his mouth.

Asked if the team had suffocated Khashoggi, the official said: "If you put someone of Jamal's age in this position, he will probably die."

A member of the 15-man team dressed in Khashoggi's clothes to look like he left the consulate, the official added.

United Kingdom adds the voice to the states that question the Saudi narrative

Britain says that Saudi Arabia's explanation of how Jamal Khashoggi died at the Riyadh consulate in Istanbul is not credible.

"No, I do not think it's credible," said Brexit's secretary, Dominic Raab, adding, "We support the Turkish investigation on this and the British government will want to see the people responsible for that death."

The United Kingdom joins a growing list of countries to pour cold water on Saudi Arabia's last official attempt to explain the disappearance of the Washington Post columnist.

Canada has also questioned the German leader Angela Merkel and has described the official explanation of Saudi Arabia as "inadequate".

WSJ: the emissary of King Salman heard the recording of Khashoggi

A report in the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) citing two anonymous members of the Saudi royal family says that a Saudi emissary sent by King Salman to Ankara heard an audio recording that dispels the official Saudi explanation that Khashoggi was killed in a fight.

Prince Khalid al-Faisal allegedly had access to evidence that the journalist was "drugged, killed and dismembered" shortly after entering the consulate, according to the report.

"The audio does not have this nonsense about a fight that broke out after an argument," said a royalty member to the WSJ.

This account also contradicts the story offered in the previous publication, in which an anonymous Saudi official told Reuters that Khashoggi's body had not been cut.

Reuters: Saudi official launches new story about Khashoggi's death

While Saudi Arabia faced an increasing international skepticism about its story about the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, a senior government official presented a new version of the death inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul that, in key aspects, contradicts the previous explanations.

The latest account, provided by a Saudi official who requested anonymity, includes details on how the team of 15 Saudi citizens sent to face Khashoggi on October 2 had threatened him with drugging and kidnapping and then killed him in a strangulation when he resisted

A member of the team dressed in Khashoggi's clothes to make it look like he had left the consulate.

Turkish officials suspect that the body of Khashoggi, Washington Post columnist and critic of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, was cut off, but the Saudi official said he was rolled up in a carpet and handed over to a "local cooperator" for removal. When asked about allegations that Khashoggi had been tortured and beheaded, he said the preliminary results of the investigation did not suggest that.

The official presented what he said were internal intelligence documents that seemed to show the initiative to recover the dissidents, as well as the specific one related to Khashoggi. He also showed the testimony of those involved in what he described as the cover-up of the 15-man team and the initial results of an internal investigation.

Canada condemns the murder of Khashoggi and questions the Saudi narrative

Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freedland condemned the assassination of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi and offered her "sincere condolences" to her fiancee, Hatice Cengiz, and her family.

"The explanations offered (by Saudi Arabia) to date lack consistency and credibility," he said in a statement, and called for an "investigation."

"Those responsible for the murder must be held accountable and must face justice," Freedland added.

Saturday, October 20

Washington Post: This is not an explanation; it's a cover-up

The Washington Post has refused to accept Saudi Arabia's explanation for the murder of Khashoggi, who was one of the columnists of the newspaper, accusing the kingdom of lying and covering it up.

"The Saudi government has shamefully and repeatedly offered lie after lie in the almost three weeks since Jamal Khashoggi disappeared at his Istanbul consulate," Fred Ryan, editor and chief executive of the newspaper, said in a statement.

"By not offering evidence, and contrary to all available evidence, now they expect the world to believe that Jamal died in a fight after an argument, this is not an explanation, it is a cover-up."

"President Trump, Congress and the leaders of the civilized world must demand to see verifiable evidence, the Saudis can not be allowed to invent a solution to save the face of an atrocity that seems to have been directed by the highest levels of their government." .

Trump is not satisfied & # 39; with the handling of Khashoggi cases

US President Donald Trump said questions remain unanswered about Khashogui's assassination after Saudi Arabia's admission that the journalist died in a "fistfight" inside his consulate.

When asked during a trip to Nevada if he was satisfied that Saudi officials had been fired for the death of Khashoggi, Trump said: "No, I'm not satisfied until we find the answer, but it was a great first step, it was a good first step". But I want to get answers. "

But Trump warned that an arms deal should not be stopped in Saudi Arabia, saying it would hurt American jobs, despite the international furor over the death at the Istanbul consulate of a dissident journalist in the conservative kingdom of Istanbul.

"We have $ 450 billion, of which $ 110 billion is a military order, but this is equipment and several things ordered by Saudi Arabia," Trump told reporters about an agreement to sell arms to Riyadh.

"This is more than one million jobs, for us it is not useful to cancel such an order, which hurts us much more than them," he added, noting that Riyadh could obtain weapons from other countries such as China or Russia.

"But there are other things that could be done, including sanctions."

Riyadh has been a key ally of the United States. UU For decades and only approached the Trump administration.

Trump has signaled a $ 450 billion arms deal with Saudi Arabia and the kingdom's position as a bulwark for Iranian expansion in the region as reasons to continue close relations.

It is not clear where Trump got the $ 450 billion figure. The United States and Saudi Arabia announced a $ 350 billion arms deal before Trump's first trip to Saudi Arabia as president. Approximately $ 110 billion of that agreement, which will be extended for more than 10 years, came into effect immediately, according to CNBC.

On Friday, Trump had said he believed Saudi Arabia's explanation was credible.

Riad uses twitter trolls to silence critics: NY Times

A New York Times report published on Saturday said Saudi officials were using an "army of Twitter trolls" to silence critics, including Khashoggi.

In its report, entitled Saudis "Image Makers: A Troll Army and Twitter Insider," the newspaper said Riyadh authorities were conducting operations on Twitter to silence the critical voices of Saudi Arabia's leadership and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in particular. .

The report is based on interviews with seven people involved in these activities or "reports on them, activists and experts who have studied them, and US and Saudi officials, along with messages seen by The New York Times describing the inner workings of the troll" . farm".

Under the directive of the crown prince, "Saudi agents have mobilized to harass critics on Twitter," which became especially popular since the Arab Spring uprisings in 2010.

"Saud al-Qahtani, one of the chief advisers to Crown Prince Mohammed, who was fired on Saturday for the death of Mr. Khashoggi, was the strategist behind the operation, according to officials from the United States and Saudi Arabia, as well as activists. " report said.

Le Drian de France condemns the murder of Khashoggi and calls for an in-depth investigation

French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said his country condemned Khashoggi's murder and called for a thorough investigation into the incident.

"France condemns this murder in the strongest terms," ​​Le Drian said in a statement.

"The confirmation of the death of Mr. Jamal Khashoggi is a first step towards establishing the truth, but many questions remain unanswered," he added.

Le Drian added that those responsible for Khashoggi's death must be held accountable.

Merkel condemns the murder of Khashoggi

German Chancellor Angela Merkel condemned the killing of Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul and said the explanations given so far on the circumstances surrounding her death were inadequate.

"We condemn this act in the strongest terms," ​​she and Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said in a joint statement.

"We expect transparency from Saudi Arabia about the circumstances of his death. […] The information available on the events at the Istanbul Consulate is inadequate. "

Expressing deep sympathy to Khashoggi's friends and relatives, they said that those responsible for his death must be held accountable.

Turkey will not accept a & # 39; concealment & # 39; in the case of Khashoggi: spokesman of the AK Party

Turkey will discover all the details of Khashoggi's murder using all possible means, said a spokesman for the ruling Tayyip Erdogan Party of the Justice and Development Party (AK Party), he said.

The last interview of Jamal Khashoggi.

"Turkey will reveal what happened, no one should doubt it," spokesman Omer Celik was quoted as saying by Turkey's state news agency Anadolu.

"We do not accuse anyone in advance, but we do not accept anything that is covered. [up]", Added Celik.

The Turkish-Arab Media Association demands answers about Khashoggi's murder

The president of the Turkish-Arab Media Association, Turan Kislakci, said the group wants "real justice" for Khashoggi and the "authority that gave the orders" to kill the Saudi dissident punished.

"We need to know where Jamal's body is. […] "We want the rest of the world to know how it happened and exactly what happened," Kislakci said in a statement to reporters outside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

Amnesty requires Saudi Arabia to surrender Khashoggi's body for an independent autopsy

Amnesty International has called for an independent investigation into the killing of Khashogli and demanded that Saudi Arabia "immediately produce" his body so that forensic experts can perform an autopsy. "In accordance with international standards."

"The findings of the investigation by Saudi authorities who claim that Khashoggi died as a result of a" fistfight "inside the consulate are unreliable and marks a huge new minimum in Saudi Arabia's human rights record," Samah Hadid, campaign director of Amnesty International The Middle East, said in a statement.

"His family and the world deserve the whole truth about what happened to him, and those responsible, regardless of their high rank or status, must face justice," added Hadid.

"An independent investigation will be the only guarantee against what appears increasingly as a Saudi wash surrounding the circumstances of Khashoggi's assassination or any attempt by other governments to sweep the issue under the carpet to preserve lucrative arms deals and other commercial ties with Riyadh. "

European leaders pile skepticism on the Saudi account of Khashoggi's assassination, asking for clarity

European leaders have called for a more thorough examination of Khashoggi's assassination after Saudi Arabia's confession on Saturday that the 59-year-old writer and critic died during a "fistfight" at the kingdom's consulate in Istanbul.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel rejected Saudi's explanation of Khashoggi's death.

Merkel said the "horrible events" had not been "clarified," Bloomberg reported.

"Of course, we demand clarification," Merkel added.

Danish Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen also expressed skepticism about the Saudis' account of Khashoggi's death.

"The fact that the Saudis confirmed last night that he died, after previously insisting that he left the consulate alive, shows that we have not been told the whole truth, and we must insist on that," said Rasmussen, according to Bloomberg.

If Trump does not respond to Khashoggi's assassination, Congress could

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said that "there are still many doubts about the case."

"A lot remains uncertain, what happened, how did he die, who is responsible, and I hope that all the relevant facts are clear as soon as possible … It is necessary to conduct a thorough investigation," Rutte told reporters at the capital of Denmark, Copenhagen. .

Meanwhile, the president of the European Parliament, Antonio Tajani, called for an international investigation to examine the evidence related to the death of Khashoggi.

"[A] rigorous international research [is] "We urgently need to examine the evidence, clarify the circumstances surrounding the death of Jamal Khashoggi," Tajani said in a statement. submit On twitter.

Regional allies praise Saudi's response to Khashoggi's ongoing investigation

Saudi Arabia's allies in the Middle East joined behind the kingdom for their response to the ongoing investigation into the murder of Saudi writer and critic Khashoggi.

Egypt commended King Salman of Saudi for taking a "decisive" action on the murder of Saudi dissident journalist Khashoggi.

On Saturday, Saudi state media reported that King Salman had ordered the formation of a ministerial committee, led by Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, to restructure the kingdom's intelligence services.

"Egypt sees that the courageous and decisive decisions and actions taken by the Saudi king on this matter are aligned with the focus of his majesty that respects the principles of the law and the applications of effective justice," said the Foreign Ministry of Egypt in a statement.

The ministry offered its condolences to Khashoggi's family and said he was confident that the investigation of his death would reveal the truth.

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) also expressed support for King Salman of Saudi and praised his "directives and decisions … on the issue of Kashoggi," said the state news agency WAM of the UAE.

Meanwhile, Bahrain said in an official statement that Saudi Arabia "will continue to be a state of justice, courage and principles," Saudi Arabian television network Al Arabiya reported.

Saudi Arabia presses to publish the initial results: the head of human rights of the AK Party

Saudi Arabia had no choice but to reveal the preliminary results of an investigation into the disappearance and the alleged murder of Khashoggi because of evidence gathered by Turkish officials, said the head of human rights of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party). ) of the Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan. declaration.

Soon more evidence will be published, said Layla Sahin Usta, while a Turkish-led investigation into the fate of the 59-year-old is still ongoing in a context of widespread skepticism about Saudi's version of events.

On Saturday, Saudi state media reported that Khashoggi was killed in a "fist fight" with Kingdom officials inside his consulate in the Turkish city of Istanbul.

The announcement marked a reversal of the Kingdom, which had previously denied that the 60-year-old died inside the building.

Britain is considering "the next steps" after Saudi Arabia's confession about Khashoggi killing

Britain is considering its "next steps" after Saudi Arabia's admission of Khashoggi's assassination at the Kingdom's consulate in Istanbul, The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the United Kingdom said in a statement.

"We send our condolences to the family of Jamal Khashogli after this confirmation of his death, we are considering Saudi Arabia's report and our next steps," the statement said.

"As the Foreign Secretary said, this was a terrible act and those responsible must be held accountable," the statement added.

The main opposition party of the United Kingdom, the Labor Party, has asked the ruling Conservative Party to suspend the sale of arms to the kingdom.

The diplomatic crisis & # 39; most serious & # 39; of the Khashoggi case faced by Saudi Arabia since 9/11 – analyst

Marwan Kabalan, director of policy and analysis at the Arab Center for Research and Policy Studies in Doha, said the uproar over Khashoggi's murder has posed the "gravest diplomatic crisis for Saudi Arabia since September 11. [2001]"

Saudi Arabia admits that Khashoggi was killed at the Istanbul consulate

"The [Saudi’s] History will not convince many people; "It's very hard to believe that the squad that arrived in Istanbul had an argument with Khashoggi," Kabalan told Al Jazeera.

"I think with the help of your friends in Washington, I'm talking about President Donald Trump, who is trying to give them an exit and exit, they may think they are close to closing this case," he added.

"But I do not think so because it depends a lot on whether the Turks are going to accept this [Saudi] history. The Turks [may] They have their own version of what happened at the consulate. "

Former intelligence officer of the CIA: the Saudi account is silly & # 39;

The former CIA intelligence officer, Glenn Carle, told Al Jazeera that "the absurdity of the cover stories that fall apart" would bring a smile to anyone who paid attention.

La cuenta más reciente, en la que Khashoggi murió durante una pelea con funcionarios del consulado, fue acertada, dijo Carle.

"Como si un hombre de 59 o 60 años entrara a un consulado … y peleara con 15 matones. No lo creo. Así que la historia es una tontería".

Carle dijo que las declaraciones de Trump afirmaban que él cree que la explicación saudí de lo que sucedió fue "estúpida y ofensiva" pero "característica".

"Trump claramente ha estado aceptando lo que dicen los saudíes" para mantener las relaciones ", concluyó Carle.

El mundo reacciona a la confirmación saudí del asesinato de Khashoggi

Aquí es cómo reaccionó el mundo ante el anuncio de Arabia Saudita que confirma que Jamal Khashoggi fue asesinado en su consulado en Estambul.

¿Quién es Ahmed al-Asiri, el jefe de inteligencia saudí despedido?

El general de división Ahmed Al-Asiri fue despedido el viernes como jefe de inteligencia adjunto de Arabia Saudita, informaron los medios estatales sauditas.

Al-Asiri ha servido como asesor de bin Salman, quien lo promovió a su puesto de inteligencia el año pasado, y es considerado como uno de los asesores más cercanos de MBS.

Es "una figura clave dentro de la familia real, una figura muy importante", informó Andrew Simmons, de Al Jazeera, desde Estambul, luego del anuncio. "La familia real lo ha señalado como parte de la culpa".

Arabia Saudita paga a las empresas del Reino Unido millones para impulsar la imagen: Guardian

Arabia Saudita ha estado pagando a las empresas del Reino Unido millones de libras para ayudar a mejorar la imagen del reino en los últimos años, según descubrió una investigación de The Guardian el viernes.

La reputación de Arabia Saudita se ha visto muy afectada en los últimos años debido a su historial de derechos humanos y su papel en la guerra en Yemen, pero especialmente tras el asesinato del periodista del Washington Post Khashoggi.

Las empresas que han trabajado para mejorar la imagen de Arabia Saudita incluyen la agencia de relaciones públicas Freud, que ahora se está distanciando del reino; la oficina de Londres del editor en línea Vice, que ha estado trabajando en una serie de películas para promover Arabia Saudita; The Independent, que estableció una asociación con un editor saudí con estrechos vínculos con el gobierno saudí; y el Instituto Tony Blair para el Cambio Global.

Una empresa editorial saudita que está firmando sociedades con empresas de medios occidentales donó al Instituto Tony Blair para el Cambio Global a cambio de sus consejos para Arabia Saudita, informó The Guardian.

Trump quiere proteger la venta de armas a Arabia Saudita

El presidente de Estados Unidos, Donald Trump, dijo que preferiría "alguna forma de sanción" en Arabia Saudita después de la muerte de Khashoggi, pero agregó que quiere proteger la venta de armas.

Trump dice que no cree que el liderazgo saudí le haya mentido.

El presidente de Estados Unidos, Donald Trump, dijo a los periodistas que no cree que el liderazgo saudí le mintió cuando negaron que Jamal Khashoggi fuera asesinado en el consulado del reino en Estambul.

Trump dijo que hablará con el príncipe heredero saudí.

Trump: anuncio de Arabia Saudita sobre &#39;buen primer paso&#39; de Khashoggi

El presidente de Estados Unidos, Donald Trump, dijo que el anuncio de Arabia Saudita el sábado que confirma la muerte de Jamal Khashoggi es un "buen primer paso, un gran paso".

Trump dijo que lo que le sucedió a Khashoggi es "inaceptable" y agregó que cree que la explicación de Arabia Saudita fue creíble.

MBS no tenía conocimiento de la operación &#39;específica&#39; de Khashoggi: fuente de Reuters

El príncipe heredero de Arabia Saudita no tenía conocimiento de la operación específica que resultó en la muerte de Jamal Khashoggi en el consulado del reino en Estambul, dijo el viernes a Reuters un funcionario saudí familiarizado con la investigación.

"There were no orders for them to kill him or even specifically kidnap him," said the official, speaking on condition of anonymity and adding that there was a standing order to bring critics of the kingdom back to the country.

"MBS had no knowledge of this specific operation and certainly did not order a kidnapping or murder of anybody. He will have been aware of the general instruction to tell people to come back," the source said, using the initials of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

The source said the whereabouts of Khashoggi&#39;s body were unclear after it was handed over to a "local cooperator" but there was no sign of it at the consulate.

US congressman: Saudi explanation &#39;not credible&#39;

A high-ranking Democratic US congressman is expressing doubts about the credibility of Saudi Arabia&#39;s explanation that Jamal Khashoggi was killed in a fight inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

California Representative Adam Schiff, the ranking Democrat on the House intelligence committee, said Friday that Saudi Arabia&#39;s claim that he was "killed while brawling with a team of more than a dozen dispatched from Saudi Arabia is not credible".

Schiff says that if Khashoggi was fighting inside the consulate, he was "fighting for his life with people sent to capture or kill him".

He says if Trump&#39;s Republican administration won&#39;t hold Saudi Arabia accountable for Khashoggi&#39;s death, Congress will.

UN chief &#39;deeply troubled&#39; by confirmation of journalist&#39;s death

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is "deeply troubled" by the confirmation of Jamal Khashoggi, a UN spokesman said.

The spokesman added that Guterres "stresses the need for a prompt, thorough and transparent investigation" into the circumstances surrounding Khashoggi&#39;s death.

US Senator Menendez: &#39;Global Magnitsky Act doesn&#39;t have exceptions&#39;

Democratic Senator Bob Menendez said on Twitter: "We have proven that international pressure can succeed. Our united outrage clearly factored into the Saudi gov&#39;s calculated admission".

The senator, who is the ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, was part of a group of senators who triggered the Magnitsky Act earlier this month, which requires the US president to determine whether Khashoggi&#39;s rights were violated and whether to impose targeted sanctions.

Following the news of Saudi Arabia&#39;s confirmation, Menendez dijo: The Global Magnitsky Act doesn&#39;t have exceptions for accidents. Even if Khashoggi died because of an altercation, that&#39;s no excuse for his murder.

White House &#39;saddened&#39; to hear confirmation of Khashoggi&#39;s death

The White House acknowledged in a statement the Saudi announcement on the investigation of Khashoggi&#39;s death.

"We are saddened to hear confirmation of Mr. Khashoggi&#39;s death, and we offer our deepest condolences to his family, fiance and friends," White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement.

She added that the US will continue to closely follow the international investigations into the incident and "advocate for justice that is timely, transparent and in accordance with all due process".

US Senator Graham &#39;sceptical of Saudi narrative&#39;

US Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, who has been outspoken on Khashoggi&#39;s disappearance, tweeted: "To say that I am skeptical of the new Saudi narrative about Mr Khashoggi is an understatement."

Saudi King orders formation of committee headed by crown prince

Saudi Arabia&#39;s King Salman has ordered the restructuring of the command of the general intelligence agency under the supervision of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the official Saudi press agency said on Saturday.

The agency added the order also included updating regulations, determining the agency&#39;s powers, and evaluating its methods and procedures. The committee, according to the King&#39;s order, should report to the King within a month.

&#39;Kingdom expresses its deep regret&#39; over Khashoggi&#39;s killing

Saudi state-run news agency says "the kingdom expresses its deep regret" over the slaying of writer Jamal Khashoggi.

Saudi king to restructure kingdom&#39;s intelligence services

Saudi King Salman has proposal to restructure kingdom&#39;s intelligence services after Khashoggi killing, state media reported.

18 Saudi nationals arrested over Khashoggi&#39;s death

A statement from the Saudi public prosecutor said a fight broke out between Khashoggi and people who met him in the consulate and led to his death.

"The investigations are still underway and 18 Saudi nationals have been arrested," the statement on state media said

Saudi Arabia sacks two senior officials over Khashoggi killing

The Saudi kingdom fired royal court adviser Saud al-Qahtani and deputy intelligence chief Ahmed Asiri, state media said.

Saudi Arabia confirms Khashoggi killed inside Istanbul consulate

Saudi Arabia said on Saturday preliminary results of investigations showed US-based journalist Jamal Khashoggi died in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul after a fight with people he met there, state media reported.

Friday, October 19

Saudi investment summit to go ahead with new programme

Saudi Arabia&#39;s Future Investment Initiative, dubbed "Davos in the Desert", will go ahead later this month with an updated programme that includes heads of state from the Arab world, Africa and Asia, according to a conference spokeseperson.

The spokesperson added that the conference will include "business leaders, investors and innovators from across the world".

A string of Western executives have pulled out of Riyadh&#39;s Future Investment Initiative conference in the wake of Khashoggi&#39;s disappearance.

Pompeo: & # 39;Wide range& # 39; of US responses if Saudis behind journalist death

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warned of a "wide range" of responses should Washington determine that Saudi Arabia is behind the disappearance and apparent death of Khashoggi.

"We&#39;ll certainly consider a wide range of potential responses, but I think the important thing to do is that the facts come out," Pompeo told Voice of America radio.

The United States is Saudi Arabia&#39;s biggest backer and the feared murder of Khashoggi has presented President Donald Trump with one of the most acute foreign policy crises of his nearly two-year-old presidency.

Trump: Pompeo wasn&#39;t shown purported recording of Khashoggi killing

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has not seen or heard any purported recordings from the Saudi consulate in Turkey, President Donald Trump said in a tweet.

Both Pompeo and Turkey&#39;s foreign ministry dismissed media reports that said Ankara had shared audio recordings from the ongoing investigation.

Companies that have dropped out of Saudi investment summit so far

Foreign direct investment in Saudi Arabia had already fallen to historically low levels before Khashoggi went missing.

But since the allegations of his murder, many multinational companies and individuals say they are not going to a Saudi investment summit due to be held in Riyadh next week.

Find out more by watching the video below.

WATCH: Companies that boycotted the Saudi summit so far (01:36)

Ex- UK intelligence chief: &#39;Khashoggi probably killed on order of people close to MBS&#39;

A former head of Britain&#39;s MI6 spy agency said Khashoggi was probably killed on the orders of people close to Saudi Arabia&#39;s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

John Sawers, who headed MI6 between 2009 and 2014, told the BBC that "all the evidence points to it being ordered and carried out" by people close to Saudi Arabia&#39;s de facto ruler.

"I don&#39;t think he would have done this if he hadn&#39;t thought he had license from the U.S. administration to frankly behave as he wished to do so," he said.

Sawyers said Khashoggi&#39;s disappearance was a wake-up call to the Trump administration about "just how dangerous it is to have people acting with a sense that they have impunity in their relationship with the United States."

ABB engineering group CEO latest to drop out of investment conference

Swiss engineering group ABB has said Chief Executive Officer Ulrich Spiesshofer will not attend the Future Investment Initiative in the Saudi capital, Riyadh, next week.

Spiesshofer joins other world business and political leaders who have withdrawn amid concern about Khashoggi&#39;s fate. ABB did not give a reason for his decision.

Airbus defence chief Dirk Hoke and Deutsche Bank&#39;s CEO Christian Sewing also dropped out.

Report: &#39;King Salman asserts authority, checks son&#39;s power&#39;

Citing five sources close to the Saudi royal family, Reuters news agency reported that King Salman, long absent from the day to day running of the kingdom, has felt compelled to intervene as the Khashoggi crisis deepened.

Since outmanoeuvring his rivals to become Saudi Arabia&#39;s de-facto leader in 2017, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman&#39;s portfolio of tasks had slowly expanded to include issues such as economic diversification, diplomacy and defence.

This came to a sharp halt with the disappearance of Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

the report notes that the king, initially unaware of the Khashoggi crisis, eventually sent his most trusted aide, Prince Khaled al-Faisal, governor of Mecca, to meet Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on October 11.

"The selection of Khaled, a senior royal with high status, is telling as he is the king&#39;s personal adviser, his right hand man and has very strong ties and a friendship with Erdogan," Reuters quoted a Saudi source with links to government circles as saying.

One of the sources told Reuters that the king&#39;s unawareness was partly "because [Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman] MBS aides had been directing the king to glowing news about the country on Saudi TV channels".

"Even if MBS wanted to keep this away from the king he couldn&#39;t because the story about Khashoggi&#39;s disappearance was on all the Arab and Saudi TV channels watched by the king," another unnamed source said.

"The King started asking aides and MBS about it. MBS had to tell him and asked him to intervene when Khashoggi&#39;s case became a global crisis."

Turkish probe locates exact site of Khashoggi &#39;killing&#39; – sources

Turkish investigators were able to locate the exact place within the Saudi consulate where Khashoggi was allegedly killed during their search of the building earlier this week, Turkish sources have told Al Jazeera.

The investigators, who used audio recordings of Khashoggi&#39;s alleged murder to guide their search, also confirmed that Salah Muhammad al-Tubaigy, an autopsy expert, began cutting up the 60-year-old&#39;s body immediately after he was killed, the sources said.

Al Jazeera&#39;s Charles Stratford, reporting from outside the consulate in Istanbul, said the leaks showed Turkish officials were growing "increasingly frustrated with the pace of the investigation".

"That frustration is now pushing the Turks to release more information and the more information that is being leaked, the more seemingly macabre and shocking it [this case] has become," Stratford said.

European aerospace giant drops out of Saudi investment conference

European aerospace giant Airbus said the chief of its defence and space division, Dirk Hoke, will not attend Saudi Arabia&#39;s Future Investment Initiative conference, scheduled to begin in Riyadh on October 23.

"A guideline has been issued to abstain from high profile engagements at this point in time. However, we believe it is important to maintain engagement and dialogue in a country which hosts about 1,000 of our employees," a spokesman said.

Hoke&#39;s pull out marks the latest high-profile business boycott of the event, widely dubbed "Davos in the Desert", as international scrutiny and media focus on Saudi Arabia continues to escalate following the disappearance of Saudi writer and critic Jamal Khashoggi.

On Thursday, US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin announced he would not attend after talks with US President Donald Trump.

Turkish foreign minister denies sharing audio recordings with Washington

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu has dismissed reports Ankara shared audio recordings documenting the alleged murder of dissident Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi with the United States, according to Reuters news agency.

On Thursday, reports suggested Turkish officials had provided US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo with a recording indicating Khashoggi was killed by Saudi operatives after entering the Kingdom&#39;s consulate in Istanbul earlier this month.

Cavusoglu also said Turkey has evidence and information obtained from its ongoing investigation into Khashoggi&#39;s disappearance on October 2, and will share the results of the probe "transparently" with the world.

British Foreign Secretary: UK to take &#39;considered&#39; response to results of Khashoggi probe

British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said the UK government will take a "considered" response to any results that emerge from the ongoing investigation into the disappearance of Khashoggi.

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He also warned that allegations the Saudi writer and critic was brutally murdered would be totally unacceptable if proven to be true.

"Part of our reaction will depend on the Saudi reaction, and whether we sense that they are taking it as seriously as we are taking it. But this is a very, very serious matter," Hunt told the BBC.

"Our relationship with Saudi is a strategic relationship as well. Our response will be considered … [but] in the end, if these stories are true, we have to be absolutely clear, it would not be consistent with our values."

Thursday, October 18

Amnesty raises alarm over tennis stars&#39; participation in Saudi exhibition match

Amnesty International UK has warned tennis superstars Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic their participation in an exhibition match due to be held in the Saudi city of Jeddah in December could "sportswash" the Kingdom&#39;s "truly appalling human rights record", UK newspaper The Times reported.

Announced earlier this month, the so-called King Salman Tennis Championship, has come under increased scrutiny as a result of mounting international concern and media focus regarding the fate of missing Saudi writer and critic Jamal Khashoggi.

"It&#39;s not for us to say which countries should and shouldn&#39;t be hosting sporting competitions, but it&#39;s also clear that countries like Saudi Arabia are well aware of the potential for sport to subtly &#39;rebrand&#39; a country," The Times quoted Allan Hogarth, head of advocacy and programmes at Amnesty International UK, as saying.

"Even before the extremely alarming case of Jamal Khashoggi, Saudi Arabia had a truly appalling human rights record and any sportsperson needs to understand that their participation in sporting events in the country could be used as a form of &#39;sportswashing&#39;," Hogarth added.

"It&#39;s up to Nadal and Djokovic where they play their lucrative exhibition matches, but if they go to Jeddah we&#39;d like to see them using their profiles to raise human rights issues. Tweeting support for Saudi Arabia&#39;s brave human rights defenders would be a start."

Neither of the pair have made any public comment regarding the event since October 7, when they both said on Twitter they were "looking forward to playing [the match] and visiting [Saudi Arabia]".

NYT: Saudis may blame intelligence official for Khashoggi killing

Saudi rulers are considering blaming a top intelligence official close to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for the suspected killing of Jamal Khashoggi, the New York Times reported.

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Citing three people with knowledge of the Saudi plans, the newspaper said Saudi Arabia is planning to assign blame to General Ahmed al-Assiri, a high-ranking adviser to the crown prince.

People close to the White House have already been briefed about the plan and given Assiri&#39;s name, the Times said.

"The Saudis are already pointing to General Assiri as the culprit," it reported.

Assiri previously served as the spokesman for the Saudi-Emirati led military coalition fighting in Yemen.

According the Times, the Saudi leadership is expected to say Assiri received the green-light from the crown prince to rendition Khashoggi to Saudi Arabia, but he either "misunderstood his instructions or overstepped", according to two sources speaking on condition of anonymity.

Pompeo listened Khashoggi &#39;murder&#39; recording: report

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo listened to an alleged audio recording of Khashoggi&#39;s killing, ABC News reported, citing a senior Turkish official.

The Turkish official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said Pompeo listened to the recording on Wednesday during a meeting in Turkey, adding he was also given a transcript of it.

Turkish officials also believe Khashoggi was killed inside the Saudi consulate following a struggle that lasted eight minutes and they believe he died of strangulation.

The State Department denied the report. "Secretary Pompeo has neither heard a tape nor has he seen a transcript related to Jamal Khashoggi&#39;s disappearance," spokeswoman Heather Nauert said in a statement.

US&#39; Pompeo briefing on #Khashoggi &#39;murder&#39; after Saudi visit

Dozens of American lawmakers demand Saudi sanctions

More than 40 lawmakers pressed US President Donald Trump to impose sanctions against Saudi Arabia over Khashoggi&#39;s disappearance and suspected murder.

"If your immediate investigation and determination are consistent with ongoing media reports about this outrageous action, we urge strong, comprehensive sanctions," members of the House of Representatives said in a letter, which also called for an end to US support for Saudi Arabia&#39;s military action in Yemen.

Democratic Congressman Jim McGovern introduced a bill in the House of Representatives that would halt arms sales to Saudi Arabia unless Secretary of State Mike Pompeo certifies the kingdom did not order the killing of Khashoggi. The bill currently has eight co-sponsors from both political parties.

The lawmakers also voiced support for their colleagues in the Senate, who have already triggered an investigation into Khashoggi&#39;s disappearance under the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act.

US VP: &#39;World deserves answers&#39; on Khashoggi

Vice President Mike Pence said after Saudi Arabia reports the results of its investigation – and the administration looks at other available information – it will decide what to do next.

"The world needs to know what happened here, and those who are responsible need to be held to account," Pence said.

"We&#39;ll collect all the evidence and then the president will have a decision about what the proper course of action is for us going forward. The world deserves answers. If what has been alleged occurred – if an innocent person lost their life at the hands of violence – that&#39;s to be condemned.

"If a journalist, in particular, lost their life at the hands of violence, that&#39;s an affront to a free and independent press around the world, and there will be consequences. But, we&#39;ll wait for the facts. We&#39;ll wait for all the information to come in."

Trump: &#39;Certainly looks&#39; like Khashoggi is dead

US President Donald Trump says it "certainly looks" as though Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi is dead.

Trump did not say what he based his conclusion on, but told reporters at Andrews Air Force Base the consequences for the Saudis "will have to be very severe" if they are found to have killed him.

"It&#39;s bad, bad stuff," he said.

Turkey expands Khashoggi search to wooded areas

Turkish investigators widened their probe into Khashoggi&#39;s disappearance to include three different areas on the outskirts of Istanbul, officials told Al Jazeera.

"Investigators tracked the vehicles that left the Saudi consulate and consul general&#39;s residence on the day Khashoggi disappeared to these areas. They used traffic cameras to do that," Al Jazeera&#39;s Jamal Elshayyal said, citing sources at the Turkish prosecutor&#39;s office.

One area investigators are searching was a forest called Belgrad, roughly 16km from Istanbul&#39;s city centre, Elshayyal said, while the other was farmland in Turkey&#39;s Yalova province, about 93km east of the city.

Saudi prince&#39;s companion at consulate when Khashoggi vanished

A member of Crown Prince Mohammed&#39;s entourage during several trips abroad walked into the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul just before Khashoggi vanished there, according to photos published by Turkish newspaper Sabah.

The man, identified as Maher Abdulaziz Mutreb by Turkish officials, has been photographed in the background of Prince Mohammed&#39;s trips to the US, France and Spain this year.

Surveillance pictures published by Sabah show Mutreb walking past police barricades at the consulate at 9:55am on October 2 with several men trailing behind him.

Khashoggi arrived at the consulate several hours later at 1:14pm, and never re-emerged.

Turkish officials identified the man as Maher Abdulaziz Mutreb [Sabah via AP]

Rights groups seek UN probe over Khashoggi

Four prominent human rights and press freedom groups urged Turkey to request a UN investigation into Khashoggi&#39;s suspected murder to prevent a "whitewash" of the alleged crime.

The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International and Reporters Without Borders said Turkey should enlist the UN "to initiate a timely, credible, and transparent investigation".

"UN involvement is the best guarantee against a Saudi whitewash or attempts by other governments to sweep the issue under the carpet to preserve lucrative business ties with Riyadh," said Robert Mahoney, deputy executive director of the CPJ.

US Treasury Secretary withdraws from Riyadh conference

Secretary of US Treasury, Steven Mnuchin, says he will not attend next week&#39;s investment conference in Saudi Arabia as a probe continues into the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

US gives Saudi Arabia &#39;few more days&#39; on Khashoggi

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says he told President Donald Trump that the US should give Saudi Arabia a few more days to wrap up its investigation into Khashoggi&#39;s disappearance.

"I told President Trump this morning that we ought to give them a few more days … so that we too have a complete understanding of the facts" before deciding on a response, Pompeo told reporters at the White House.

Putin wants more evidence on Khashoggi&#39;s fate

Saudi Crown Prince in the spotlight after #Khashoggi &#39;murder&#39;

Vladimir Putin says Russia will wait for the outcome of an investigation into Khashoggi&#39;s disappearance before deciding what impact the writer&#39;s fate may have on relations with Saudi Arabia.

Speaking at an international policy forum in Sochi, the Russian president called Khashoggi&#39;s disappearance a "tragedy", but said Moscow needs "to understand what happened" before deciding what impact it may have on ties with Riyadh.

"Those who believe that there was a murder must present evidence," he said.

Biden: Trump &#39;seems to have a love affair with autocrats&#39;

A former US Vice President has criticised Trump&#39;s response to Khashoggi&#39;s disappearance, saying the president "coddles" dictators.

Joe Biden told CBS&#39; "This Morning" programme that if Saudi Arabia is found to be responsible for the journalist&#39;s suspected murder, the kingdom should "absolutely, positively" face consequences.

Biden, who has been tipped as a potential Democratic presidential candidate for the 2020 elections, said the "retaliation" could take the form of cancelled arms sales.

He added that his doubts about Crown Prince Mohammed leadership have "been confirmed".

"My doubts are that there&#39;s very little of rule of law, respect for human rights, dignity and the allegations that are made so far – we don&#39;t know yet – are not inconsistent with the way the kingdom would act and so I&#39;m very worried that the president seems to have a love affair with autocrats and the idea that he&#39;s already making excuses before the facts are known is typical but it hurts us internationally," he said.

UK trade minister pulls out of Saudi conference

British trade minister Liam Fox has pulled out of the Saudi investment summit, saying the time "was not right for him" to attend the Future Investment Initiative in Riyadh on October 23.

"The UK remains very concerned about Jamal Khashoggi&#39;s disappearance," a spokesperson for the minister said. "Those bearing responsibility for his disappearance must be held to account."

Audio &#39;reveals Khashoggi was beaten as he entered the consulate&#39;

Sources in the Turkish police and public prosecutor&#39;s office have told Al Jazeera that an 11-minute audio recording reveals Khashoggi was beaten up as he entered the Saudi consulate.

The recording purportedly features voices in the A and B blocks of the consulate building, which are part of the building&#39;s entrance.

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The information comes a day after Turkish authorities searched the Saudi consulate and the residence of the consul general.

Fingerprints found during the search include those of Salah Muhammad al-Tubaigy, an autopsy expert from Naif Arab University for Security Sciences.

He is among the 15 men suspected of forming a Saudi hit squad to kill Khashoggi. His fingerprints were found around an electrical socket in the consulate.

None of the men entered Turkey on fake passports, according to sources in the public prosecutor&#39;s office, who say some are thought to have used diplomatic passports.

Sources have also told Al Jazeera that an individual close to Khashoggi is believed to have been relaying information back to Saudi Arabia about the journalist&#39;s actions and whereabouts since he left the kingdom.

Dutch cancel Saudi trade mission

The Dutch government cancelled a trade mission to Saudi Arabia next month due to concerns over the disappearance of Khashoggi, a spokeswoman said.

"All trade missions to the country have been suspended for now," a spokeswoman for PSPS Consultants, which had organised the trip for the government told Reuters.

The decision came minutes after Finance Minister Wopke Hoekstra said he was scrapping plans to attend the Future Investment Initiatives conference in Riyadh next week.

Also on Thursday, the CEO of French defence electronics group Thales announced that he would no longer be attending the conference, however the company will still be represented by Jean-Loic Galle, an executive in Thales&#39; space division.

Searches turn up fingerprints and &#39;important samples&#39;

Turkish sources have told Al Jazeera that "important samples" were found during searches of two Saudi diplomatic buildings in Istanbul on Wednesday.

Al Jazeera&#39;s Charles Stratford, reporting from Istanbul, said particular attention had been paid to an area of the consulate called the "C-block".

"It was only open to diplomatic staff. Sources in the last couple of hours have said that they have very strong evidence that Khashoggi was killed inside the C-block of the consulate.

Khashoggi disappearance: Trump asks Turkey for recordings

Sources told Al Jazeera that they found fingerprints inside C-block of six of the 15 men accused of forming part of a hit-squad.

Investigators spent more than 12 hours scouring the consulate and consul general&#39;s residence for clues about Khashoggi&#39;s fate.

French economy minister pulls out of Saudi conference

French Economy Minister Bruno Le Maire has become the latest high-profile figure to drop out of an economic conference in Saudi Arabia over the alleged murder of Khashoggi.

"I won&#39;t go to Riyadh next week," he told France&#39;s Public Senate TV channel on Thursday, saying the journalist&#39;s disappearance was "very serious".

Companies such as Uber, JP Morgan Chase and HSBC have also dropped out, along with media giants CNN, The Financial Times and The New York Times.

Turkish investigators leave Saudi consul&#39;s residence

Turkish investigators who searched the Saudi consul-general&#39;s residence in Istanbul recovered "samples" after examining the premises for more than nine hours, according to sources at the prosecutor&#39;s office.

"Whether these were samples of DNA or blood samples is unclear. Apparently, according to sources, these were quite convincing in terms of evidence," said Al Jazeera&#39;s Andrew Simmons, reporting from outside the building.

The forensics team scoured the residence, garage and garden as well, Simmons said. Turkish investigators were seen leaving the building carrying boxes and bags.

Sources say there is video evidence that a car drove from the Saudi consulate to the consul general&#39;s residence on the day Khashoggi disappeared.

Saudi Consul General Mohammed al-Otaibi and his family unexpectedly left Turkey on Tuesday.

Turkish investigators also re-examined the Saudi consulate after searching it for nine hours on Monday as part of the Khashoggi investigation.

Turkey&#39;s interior minister said the investigation&#39;s results will be "shared with the world", which could happen this week.

Turkish newspaper gives graphic detail of alleged murder

A pro-government Turkish newspaper published a gruesome recount of Khashoggi&#39;s alleged killing at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

Yeni Safak reported Khashoggi was killed within minutes of entering the consulate and his torturers severed his fingers during an interrogation. His killers later beheaded and dismembered him, it said, citing an alleged audio recording of the attack.

The newspaper said Saudi Consul General Mohammed al-Otaibi could be heard on the tape telling those allegedly torturing Khashoggi: "Do this outside; you&#39;re going to get me in trouble."

The newspaper said one of the men torturing Khashoggi replied: "Shut up if you want to live when you return to [Saudi] Arabia."

A New York Times report cited a senior Turkish official confirming the details published by Yeni Safak.

Turkey has not shared with the US government or European allies graphic audio or video evidence, seven US and European security officials told Reuters news agency.

The United States and allies have collected some intelligence through their own sources and methods, which partly confirms news reports based on leaks of audio recordings, four of the sources said.

A man holds a Yeni Safak newspaper with the headline: &#39;[To the Saudi consul] Shut up&#39; [Burhan Ozbilici/AP]

Trump denies covering for Saudis

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US President Donald Trump denied covering up for ally Saudi Arabia in Khashoggi&#39;s suspected murder.

Trump&#39;s comments followed the publication in pro-government Turkish media of allegations purporting to confirm Khashoggi was not only murdered by Saudi agents in their consulate in Istanbul, but tortured and dismembered.

"No not at all, I just want to find out what&#39;s happening," Trump told reporters in the White House when asked if his cautious approach to the scandal amounts to a cover-up.

"I&#39;m not giving cover at all."

The president said he would get a "full report" from Pompeo on the diplomat&#39;s return from meetings with Saudi and Turkish leaders, allowing him to assess what really happened.

"We will probably know that by the end of the week," Trump said.

Turkish forensic experts leave the Saudi consulate in Istanbul early Thursday [Murad Sezer/Reuters]

Mnuchin to decide Thursday if attending Saudi conference

US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin says he will decide on Thursday whether he will attend an investment conference in Riyadh that has been boycotted by global business leaders concerned about Khashoggi&#39;s fate.

Mnuchin said he will "revisit the decision again" after reviewing Secretary of State Mike Pompeo&#39;s report on the case on Thursday.

Washington Post publishes new Khashoggi column

The Washington Post published a new column by Khashoggi, in which he discussed the importance of a free press in the Middle East.

Governments in the region "have been given free rein to continue silencing the media at an increasing rate", he wrote.

Khashoggi condemned what he called silence from the international community over attacks on press freedom, saying imprisonment of journalists and seizing control of newspapers "no longer carry the consequence of a backlash from the international community".

"Instead, these actions may trigger condemnation followed by silence," he wrote.

Post Global Opinions editor Karen Attiah said she received the column from Khashoggi&#39;s assistant a day after he was reported missing.

The newspaper also plans to publish a page dedicated to Khashoggi in its opinions section on Thursday.

US senators press Trump on Saudi business ties

Eleven Democratic senators have sent a letter to Trump and to the Trump Organization seeking a full accounting of any financial ties between the Trump Organization and Saudi Arabia.

"It is imperative that this sanctions determination, and US policy towards Saudi Arabia generally, are not influenced by any conflicts of interest that may exist because of your or your family&#39;s deep financial ties to Saudi Arabia," the senators wrote to Trump.

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The lawmakers also voiced support for their colleagues in the Senate, who have already triggered an investigation into Khashoggi&#39;s disappearance under the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act.

Wednesday, October 17

Turkey yet to share Khashoggi audio, video evidence with US

Turkey has not shared with the US government or key European allies graphic audio or video evidence it allegedly collected on Khashoggi&#39;s visit to Saudi Arabia&#39;s consulate in Istanbul, seven US and European security officials told Reuters.

&#39;Identical samples uncovered at consulate and consul&#39;s residence&#39;

Turkish forensic experts who searched the residence of Saudi Arabia&#39;s Consul General in Istanbul have found "samples identical to those uncovered" at the kingdom&#39;s consulate in the city, according to Al Jazeera&#39;s Jamal Elshayyal.

Sources at the Attorney General&#39;s Office "say these samples provide further evidence of the conclusion that Jamal Khashoggi was killed inside the consulate building", our correspondent said, reporting from Istanbul.

Turkey has now asked the US to share Khashoggi&#39;s blood and DNA samples with them, he added.

Trump asked Turkey for audio, video evidence

President Donald Trump said the US has asked Turkey for any audio or video evidence it may have related to the disappearance of Khashoggi but was not sure whether any such evidence exists.

"We have asked for it, if it exists … I&#39;m not sure yet that it exists, probably does, possibly does," he said.

Trump, speaking to reporters at the White House, denied he was trying to give cover to Saudi leaders, a day after he cautioned against assuming Saudi leaders were guilty in the case until proven innocent.

"I just want to find out what&#39;s happening," he said. "I&#39;m not giving cover at all."

Trump says he does not want to walk away from Saudi Arabia

Donald Trump says he does not want to walk away from Saudi Arabia despite ongoing concerns about Khashoggi&#39;s disappearance, arguing the US relies on the kingdom in the fight against "terrorism".

In an interview with Fox Business Network, Trump said "I do not want to do that" when asked if the US would walk away from its Gulf ally.

He added that the kingdom has "a tremendous order, $110bn", referring to the promised US arms sales to Saudi Arabia.

Pompeo: US takes Khashoggi case &#39;seriously&#39;

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says the US takes Khashoggi&#39;s disappearance "seriously" and needs to know the facts behind the case before it can formulate an appropriate response.

Pompeo made the comments to journalists after leaving Turkey during a quick visit that included a talk with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Pompeo said Erdogan "made clear that the Saudis had cooperated with the investigation that the Turks are engaged in and they are going to share information".

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Turkish investigators enter Saudi consul&#39;s home

A team of Turkish investigators entered the Saudi consul&#39;s Istanbul residence as part of the investigation into the disappearance of Khashoggi.

Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said earlier that Turkish officials hoped to enter the consulate on Wednesday. Turkish police entered the Saudi consulate on Monday for the first time since Khashoggi&#39;s disappearance two weeks ago, searching the premises for nine hours.

Saudi investigation team arrives at consul&#39;s Istanbul residence

An 11-member Saudi investigation team arrived at the Saudi consul&#39;s Istanbul residence on Wednesday, according to CNN Turk, ahead of an expected search by Turkish police in relation to Khashoggi&#39;s disappearance and alleged murder.

Turkish FM Cavusoglu previously had said Turkey hopes to enter the residence on Wednesday.

Turkish police were expected to search the residence on Tuesday but officers at the scene said it was called off for the day because Saudi officials were unable to join.

German FM delays decision on trip to Saudi Arabia

Germany&#39;s Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said he would delay a decision on whether to go through with a planned visit to Saudi Arabia until Riyadh had given more clarity on Khashoggi&#39;s disappearance.

Maas said the trip, which had been intended as part of a push to repair strained relations with the desert kingdom, made no sense in the context of concerns over the fate of Khashoggi, whom Turkish authorities believe was murdered.

"We had planned a visit in the context of the dialogue with Saudi Arabia. We will wait on that now," Maas said at a Berlin news conference.

"The Saudi side plans a statement [on the affair], and we will use that as a basis for deciding whether a trip makes sense at the current time."

French banking executive cancels Saudi trip

Federic Oudea, the chief executive of French bank Societe Generale has cancelled his attendance at the &#39;Davos in the Desert&#39; investment conference to be held later this month, a spokesman for the bank confirmed.

Oudea&#39;s cancellation comes a day after BNP Paribas Chairman Jean Lemierre had also cancelled his attendance at this month&#39;s conference in Riyadh.

Numerous business executives and journalists have pulled out of the conference amid widespread concern about Khashoggi.

Meeting with Pompeo &#39;fruitful&#39;: Turkish FM

Pompeo met with both Turkish FM Mevlut Cavusoglu and President Erdogan in separate meetings that each lasted roughly 40 minutes.

Cavusoglu said dialogue with Pompeo was "beneficial and fruitful", according to reports from Turkey.

Khashoggi&#39;s disappearance, along with issues in Syria and US-Turkish relations, were discussed in the meetings, the FM said.

Cavusoglu also said a search at the Saudi consul general residence did not happen Tuesday but the team hopes to enter today.

Pompeo meets with Erdogan

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has landed in Turkey to discuss Khashoggi&#39;s disappearance and possible killing.

A meeting between Turkish President Erdogan and Pompeo has begun in Ankara&#39;s Esenboga Airport, according to reports.

Pompeo was previously in Saudi Arabia for meetings with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, commonly known as MBS.

The US top diplomat said the kingdom has made a "serious commitment" to hold senior leaders and officials accountable in the case of missing journalist Khashoggi, if any wrongdoing is discovered.

As the meeting began, Turkish Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said Turkish authorities are waiting for a joint agreement to search the Saudi consulate in Istanbul where Khashoggi&#39;s alleged murder is thought to have taken place.

&#39;Guilty until proven innocent&#39;: Trump condemns accusations

In his strongest statement yet backing Saudi Arabia, US President Donald Trump criticised rapidly mounting global condemnation of Riyadh over the mystery of the missing journalist.

In an interview with The Associated Press, Trump compared the case of Khashoggi to the allegations of sexual assault levelled against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh during his confirmation hearing.

"I think we have to find out what happened first," Trump said. "Here we go again with, you know, you&#39;re guilty until proven innocent. I don&#39;t like that. We just went through that with Justice Kavanaugh and he was innocent all the way as far as I&#39;m concerned."

Trump&#39;s remarks were his most robust defence yet of the Saudis, a US ally he has made central to his Middle East agenda. The comments put the president at odds with other key allies and with some leaders in his Republican Party who have condemned the Saudi leadership for what they say is an obvious role in the Khashoggi case.

Trump appeared willing to resist the pressure to follow suit, accepting Saudi denials and their pledge to investigate.

Who killed Jamal Khashoggi?

After Khashoggi&#39;s disappearance, there has been mounting criticism of some of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman&#39;s moves.

These include Riyadh&#39;s involvement in the war in Yemen, the arrest of women activists, and a diplomatic dispute with Canada. The kingdom also denied an assertion by France that it held Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri captive in November 2017.

Despite Western concerns about Saudi Arabia&#39;s human rights record, Trump still says he is unwilling to pull out of multi-billion-dollar weapons sales deals with Riyadh.

Suspects linked to crown prince: report

Four suspects identified by Turkey in Khashoggi&#39;s disappearance are tied to Saudi Arabia&#39;s Mohammed bin Salman, The New York Times reports.

One is a frequent companion of the powerful crown prince and the three others are linked to his security detail, the report said.

Turkish government sources have said police believe the journalist was killed by a special team of 15 Saudi operatives sent to Istanbul especially for the assassination. Riyadh insists Khashoggi left the consulate safely.

The Times said it confirmed at least nine of the 15 worked for the Saudi security services, military or other government ministries.

The newspaper said it gathered more information about the suspects through facial recognition software, a database of Saudi mobile phone numbers, leaked Saudi government documents, witnesses and media.

One suspect, Maher Abdulaziz Mutreb, was a diplomat assigned to the Saudi embassy in London in 2007, it said, citing a British diplomatic roster.

Mutreb has been photographed emerging from planes with Prince Mohammed on recent trips to Madrid and Paris, the newspaper reported.

He was also photographed standing guard during the crown prince&#39;s visits in the United States to Houston, Boston and the United Nations.

Pompeo: &#39;Credible&#39; investigation by Saudi officials

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says Saudi Arabia has made a "serious commitment" to hold senior leaders and officials accountable in the case of missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi, if any wrongdoing is discovered.

Pompeo was in Saudi Arabia for meetings with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. He offered his assessment after talks with the Saudi leadership, and said the crown prince again denied any knowledge of what happened to Khashoggi.

Pompeo&#39;s statement said the Saudis acknowledged something had happened to the missing journalist, but were not specific.

The crown prince "conveyed that a serious and credible investigation is already under way. He pledged that the work of the Saudi public prosecutor will produce a full and complete conclusion with full transparency for the world to see", it said.

"They made no exceptions to who they would hold accountable. They were very clear. They understand the importance of this issue they are determined to get to the bottom of it. They each promised they would achieve that for us," said Pompeo.

Who was murdered Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi?

He visits Turkey before arriving late on Wednesday back in the US to deliver his report to President Donald Trump.

G7 calls for &#39;transparent&#39; probe in Khashoggi case

Foreign ministers from the Group of Seven called for a "transparent" probe into Khashoggi&#39;s disappearance.

"We remain very troubled by the disappearance of prominent Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Those bearing responsibility for his disappearance must be held to account," said a statement by Canada, which currently holds the presidency of the group of industrial democracies.

"We encourage Turkish-Saudi collaboration and look forward to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia conducting a thorough, credible, transparent and prompt investigation, as announced."

IMF chief Lagarde to skip Saudi conference

International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde has deferred a planned trip to the Middle East, which included a stop in Riyadh to attend an investment conference.

On Saturday, Lagarde told a news conference in Indonesia she did not intend to change her travel plans but was "horrified" by media reports about the disappearance of the Saudi journalist.

"The Managing Director&#39;s previously scheduled trip to the Middle East region is being deferred," an IMF spokesperson said in a statement, without giving a reason for the decision.

Muqtada al-Sadr calls out Trump over Khashoggi

Iraq&#39;s populist cleric Muqtada al-Sadr accused President Donald Trump of feigning concern over Khashoggi&#39;s disappearance while ignoring other forms of injustice.

Sadr called Trump a "Pharaoh" and "tyrant" who speaks out about injustice when it suits him.

The message, published by his office on Tuesday, appeared critical of Saudi Arabia as well at a time when Iraq&#39;s politicians are finding themselves courted by the Gulf state and its rival, Iran.

Saudis still have $6m lobbying payroll despite departures

Saudi Arabia is paying influential lobbyists, lawyers, and public relations experts nearly $6m a year to engage US officials and promote the Gulf kingdom, even after three Washington firms cut ties after the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

The figure comes from records filed with the Justice Department that provide details of agreements with the Saudi embassy and other arms of its government.

The Saudis are spending heavily in Washington as a bitter political dispute simmers in the Middle East that pits the kingdom and three other Arab nations against Qatar over claims it funds "terrorism" and is close to regional rival Iran – accusations Doha vehemently denies.

More business defections are possible as pressure mounts on Saudi Arabia to explain what happened to Khashoggi.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo meets Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in Riyadh on Tuesday [Leah Millis via AP]

Tuesday, October 16

Trump speaks to MBS, says answers coming &#39;shortly&#39;

US President Donald Trump says he spoke with Mohammed bin Salman and the crown prince "totally denied" any knowledge of what happened to Khashoggi.

In a tweet, Trump said the crown prince told him the Saudis would rapidly expand an investigation into the matter. Answers will be coming "shortly", the president said.

Trump told Fox Business Network it "would be bad" if King Salman or bin Salman knew about any operation against Khashoggi.

"It depends whether or not the king or the crown prince knew about it, in my opinion, number one, what happened, but whether or not they knew about it. If they knew about it that would be bad," Trump said according to an excerpt from the interview.

Saudi consul&#39;s residence will not be searched

Turkish investigators will not search the residence of the Saudi consul in Istanbul on Tuesday. Police said the search was called off because Saudi officials were not able to join.

Saudi consul-general leaves for Riyadh

Saudi Arabia&#39;s Consul-General in Istanbul Mohammad al-Otaibi left Turkey for Riyadh, Anadolu news agency reported citing diplomatic sources.

His departure comes as Turkish and Saudi officials are preparing to search al-Otaibi&#39;s residence, Turkish foreign ministry officials said.

US: Pompeo, MBS back Khashoggi probe

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman at their meeting "agreed on the importance of a thorough, transparent, and timely investigation that provides answers" to Khashoggi&#39;s disappearance, according to a US statement.

"The secretary reiterated the president&#39;s concern with respect to Jamal Khashoggi&#39;s disappearance, as well as the president&#39;s desire to determine what happened," US State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said of the meeting that took place in Saudi Arabia.

US Senator Graham: MBS is toxic, has got to go

Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, who is on the US Armed Services Committee, told Fox News he is certain Saudi Arabia&#39;s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman knew about an alleged Saudi operation to kill Khashoggi.

"I know this, nothing happens in Saudi Arabia without MBS knowing it… I think he&#39;s on a bad track. I can never do business with Saudi Arabia again until we get this behind us…That means I&#39;m not going back to Saudi Arabia as long as this guy&#39;s in charge."

Asked if he feels if bin Salman should step aside, Graham said: "It&#39;s up to them, but I&#39;m not going, I&#39;ve been their biggest defender on the floor of the United States Senate.

"This guy is a wrecking ball, he had this guy murdered in a consulate in Turkey, and to expect me to ignore it. I feel used and abused. I was on the floor every time defending Saudi Arabia because there&#39;s a good ally.

"There&#39;s a difference between a country and an individual. The MBS figure is, to me, toxic, he can never be a world leader on the world stage."

Graham said he feels the US should impose sanctions on Saudi Arabia over Khashoggi&#39;s disappearance.

"It&#39;s up to the president, but what I would do, I know what I&#39;m going to do, I&#39;m going to sanction the hell out of Saudi Arabia.

"We deal with bad people all the time but this is in our face. I feel personally offended, they have nothing but contempt for us. Why would you put a guy like me and the president in this box, after all the president has done?

"This guy has got to go. Saudi Arabia, if you are listening, there are a lot of good people you can choose, but MBS has tainted your country and tainted himself."

Turkish FM: Investigators could interview Saudi consulate officials

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said officials investigating the Khashoggi case may ask for testimony from staff at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul if deemed necessary but that no restrictions on travel had been placed on the kingdom&#39;s diplomats in Turkey.

Cavusoglu told reporters at a press conference in the Turkish capital, Ankara, that US counterpart Mike Pompeo would share any information gathered regarding Khashoggi&#39;s disappearance during his ongoing visit to Saudi Arabia with Turkish officials.

Khashoggi was last seen entering Saudi Arabia&#39;s consulate in Istanbul on October 2.

Banks announce boycott of Saudi business summit

The leaders of HSBC, Credit Suisse and Standard Chartered have pulled out of Saudi Arabia&#39;s Future Investment Initiative, scheduled to begin in Riyadh on October 23.

Chief executives John Flint, Tidjane Thiam and Bill Winters are the latest high-profile business figures to boycott the event in the wake of Jamal Khashoggi&#39;s disappearance.

On Monday, Google announced that Google Cloud Chief Executive Diane Greene would not be attending the business conference.

Pompeo thanks Saudi King Salman

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo thanked Saudi monarch King Salman for his commitment to a "thorough and transparent" investigation into the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi.

During face-to-face talks in Saudi Arabia&#39;s capital, Riyadh, Pompeo reportedly reiterated the US&#39; concern over the fate of the Saudi writer and critic, who was last seen entering Saudi Arabia&#39;s consulate in Istanbul on October 2.

Erdogan: Investigators searched for &#39;toxic materials&#39;

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan raised the possibility that parts of the consulate had been repainted since Khashoggi disappeared.

"The investigation is looking into many things such as toxic materials and those materials being removed by painting them over," he told reporters.

A Turkish security official said no conclusive evidence emerged from the overnight search that indicated Khashoggi was killed in the consulate.

"However, there are some findings and they are being worked on," he said, adding that painting may have damaged some evidence. "These can&#39;t be fully erased after all, so the teams will continue to work on this."

Erdogan also said he hoped a reasonable opinion would be reached as soon as possible, Reuters news agency reported.

Saudi consul&#39;s Istanbul home to be searched

An official from the Turkish Foreign Ministry said the home of Saudi Arabia&#39;s consul in Istanbul will be searched as part of ongoing investigations into the Khashoggi case, AP news agency reported.

UN rights chief calls on Saudi Arabia to waive immunity

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet called on Saudi Arabia and Turkey on Tuesday to reveal all information they had on the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi.

"Two weeks is a very long time for the probable scene of a crime not to have been subjected to a full forensic investigation," Bachelet said in a statement.

"Under international law, both a forced disappearance and an extra-judicial killing are very serious crimes, and immunity should not be used to impede investigations into what happened and who is responsible," she added.

Pompeo touches down in Riyadh

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has landed in Saudi Arabia&#39;s capital, Riyadh, for talks with King Salman over the Khashoggi case.

Pompeo will also meet with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman later on Tuesday, AFP news agency reported, quoting an unnamed US official.

Pompeo&#39;s arrival in Riyadh followed a 20-minute phone call between King Salman and US President Donald Trump on Monday.

Turkish police leave Saudi consulate

A team of Turkish police investigating Khashoggi&#39;s disappearance has left the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. Turkish police investigators entered the premises late on Monday.

A Turkish diplomatic source had earlier said a joint Turkish-Saudi team would search the consulate – the last place Khashoggi was seen before he vanished on October 2.

The results of the investigation will be released in two to three days, the prosecutor&#39;s office said.

Monday, October 15

Google drops out of Saudi economic conference

Alphabet Inc&#39;s Google announced on Monday that Google Cloud Chief Executive Diane Greene would not attend a business conference in Saudi Arabia scheduled to take place later this month.

The announcement came after several other business leaders – including representatives from Uber, Virgin, JP Morgan, Mastercard, The World Bank and Ford – also said they would boycott the conference, officially known as the Future Investment Initiative, which is scheduled to start on October 23.

NY Times: Saudi to blame &#39;incompetent&#39; spy for Khashoggi killing

The New York Times reports the Saudi royal court will soon put out a narrative that an official within the kingdom&#39;s intelligence services – who happens to be a friend of Prince Mohammed – carried out Khashoggi&#39;s killing.

Trump accused of siding with Saudi in Khashoggi &#39;murder&#39; case

According to that narrative, the crown prince approved an interrogation or rendition of Khashoggi back to Saudi Arabia, but the intelligence official was tragically incompetent as he eagerly sought to prove himself. He then tried to cover up the botched handling of the situation.

CNN earlier reported a similar story. Both reports cited anonymous people said to be familiar with the Saudi plans.

Trump said he could not confirm such reports. "I&#39;ve heard that report but nobody&#39;s knows if it&#39;s an official report. So far it&#39;s just the rumour, the rumour of a report coming out," he said.

The Times reported the theory was widely dismissed among Khashoggi&#39;s friends , human rights defenders, and some US politicians.

Azzam Tamimi, a Khashoggi friend, called the "rogue" theory "disastrous" for the credibility of Turkey&#39;s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

"The Turks have leaked so much that it is inconceivable that they would settle for less than telling the world exactly what happened," said Tamimi.

David Hearst, editor of the Middle East Eye, said the "interrogation-gone wrong" story "really doesn&#39;t hold water", considering the 15-member assassination team that has been identified consisted of special forces – not interrogators.

"This is not the team you send to interrogate or even kidnap someone," Hearst told Al Jazeera.

"What is happening is the Saudi story is crumbling, and crumbling very quickly. And now there&#39;s an attempt to build a firewall around [Crown Prince] Mohammed bin Salman and the king."

Trump suggests &#39;rogue killers&#39; murdered Saudi journalist

President Donald Trump suggested "rogue killers" could be responsible for Khashoggi&#39;s mysterious disappearance, an explanation offering US ally Saudi Arabia a possible path out of a global diplomatic firestorm.

The Saudis continued to deny they killed the writer, but there were indications the story could soon change.

Trump spoke after a personal 20-minute phone call with Saudi King Salman and as the president dispatched his secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, to Riyadh for a face-to-face discussion with the king on Tuesday.

Trump quoted the king as saying neither he nor his son, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, had any information about what had happened to Khashoggi.

"The king [Salman] firmly denied any knowledge of it," Trump told reporters of Khashoggi&#39;s disappearance.

"It sounded to me like maybe these could have been rogue killers. I mean, who knows? We&#39;re going to try getting to the bottom of it very soon, but his was a flat denial."

Khashoggi family demands international probe

A statement released by Khashoggi&#39;s relatives is urging an internationally recognised investigation into his whereabouts.

"As we await definitive answers and facts from multiple ongoing investigations, we believe it is imperative to launch an independent, impartial, and internationally recognised investigation in order to provide us – and the many who loved him – with much needed clarity and resolution," it said.

Turkish prosecutors find &#39;evidence of killing&#39;

Turkish authorities say prosecutors have found evidence that supports suspicions Khashoggi was killed in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

A source at the attorney-general&#39;s office, speaking on the condition of anonymity, told Al Jazeera "they have found evidence that supports their suspicions that Jamal Khashoggi was killed inside the Saudi consulate", correspondent Jamal Elshayyal reported from Istanbul.

"This is a significant step forward after several days of an impasse," he said.

The attorney-general&#39;s office also said their team inside the consulate found evidence of "tampering", Elshayyal added.

The results of the investigation would be released in two to three days, the prosecutors office said.

Meanwhile, CNN is reporting that Saudi Arabia is preparing to admit that Khashoggi was killed as the result of an interrogation that went wrong, citing two unnamed sources.

One source cautioned that a report was still being prepared and could change, CNN said. The other source said the report would likely conclude the operation was carried out without clearance and those involved will be held responsible, the American news outlet said.

Jamal Khashoggi, Mohammed bin Salman and the media | The Listening Post

US &#39;ready to assist&#39; in Khashoggi probe

The US National Security Council released a statement demanding a thorough investigation into the disappearance of Khashoggi.

"It is absolutely essential that Turkish authorities, with full and transparent support from the government of Saudi Arabia, are able to conduct a thorough investigation and officially release the results of that investigation when concluded.

"We support Turkish investigators&#39; efforts and are not going to prejudge the outcome of the official investigation. We stand ready to assist."

Turkish investigators enter Saudi consulate

Turkish police investigators entered Saudi Arabia&#39;s Istanbul consulate, nearly two weeks after the disappearance of Khashoggi.

A Turkish diplomatic source had earlier said that a joint Turkish-Saudi team would conduct a search of the consulate.

Trump speaks with Saudi King Salman

Donald Trump said on Twitter that he has spoken with King Salman, who "denies any knowledge of whatever may have happened" to Jamal Khashoggi. He also said he would send his secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, to meet with the Saudi king "immediately".

Pompeo, hurriedly sent to Riyadh, is expected to get more clarity during talks with Saudi leaders on Tuesday. The White House expects credible answers quickly after Pompeo wraps up his trip with a stop in Ankara for meetings with senior Turkish officials.

Turkish officials to search Saudi consulate in Istanbul

Turkish investigators will search the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on Monday afternoon, the Turkish Foreign Ministry has said according to AP news agency.

For the last week, authorities have sought to enter the Saudi consulate, the place where Khashoggi was last seen before his disappearance according to CCTV footage.

After entering the consulate two weeks ago, Khashoggi disappeared, leading Turkey to claim the journalist was murdered by Saudi officials.

Saudi Arabia has denied all allegations.

How will Saudi deal with its stock market plunge?

The disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi is hitting the Saudi economy, with stocks plunging almost 7 percent in early trading on Sunday, wiping out all the gains it had made since the start of the year.

The fall came after US President Donald Trump threatened "severe punishment" if Saudi Arabia was found to be responsible for Khashoggi’s disappearance, but Riyadh warned it would retaliate if economic sanctions are imposed on it.

What was dubbed "Davos in the desert" is supposed to promote Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman&#39;s reform vision for the Kingdom.

So, where does that leave all his plans?

Bahrain FM backs boycott of Uber after company pulls out of event

Bahrain&#39;s Foreign Minister Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa has voiced his support for a boycott of ride-hailing app Uber over the Khashoggi case.

Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi has said he would not attend a business conference in the kingdom&#39;s ally Saudi Arabia because of its alleged involvement in the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi.

On Twitter, Al Khalifa called for a boycott of Uber in Bahrain and Saudi Arabia, following similar responses to Uber&#39;s withdrawal in Saudi Arabia.

Similarly, a prominent Emirati businessman called for the boycott of Virgin after its CEO Richard Branson cancelled on the Saudi economic conference.

"Now it is time for GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council) to prove their loyalty by boycotting Virgin and Uber and all the companies pulling out of KSA… Together we can prove our unity and that we cannot be bullied," Khalaf Ahmad Al-Habtoor said on Twitter.

Economic concerns grow for Saudi, global economy

The sell-off on Riyadh&#39;s Tadawul stock exchange shows investors are uneasy, analysts say.

The exchange dropped by more than 500 points, then clawed back some of the losses, ending Sunday down 264 points, or more than four percent. Of 188 stocks traded on the exchange, 179 ended the day with a loss.

"Something this big would definitely spook investors, and Saudi just opened up for foreign direct investment, so that was big," said Issam Kassabieh, a financial analyst at Dubai-based firm Menacorp Finance.

"Investors do not feel solid in Saudi yet, so it&#39;s easy for them to take back their funds."

Neem Aslam, chief market analyst at ThinkMarkets, said the unstable political situation would likely continue to frighten investors away.

"This will become a major concern. If entrepreneurs at these levels decide to cut ties or pullback from investments in Saudi Arabia, the stock market is going to have a huge reaction… Uncertainty for FDI [foreign direct investment] is the worst thing that can happen to any country," he told Al Jazeera.

Oil as a weapon? Prominent Saudi writer suggests it could be

A column by the general manager of the Saudi-owned Al-Arabiya satellite news network suggested Saudi Arabia could use its oil production as a weapon if the US were to impose sanctions over Khashoggi&#39;s disappearance.

Benchmark Brent crude is trading at about $80 a barrel, and US President Donald Trump has criticised OPEC and Saudi Arabia over rising prices.

"If the price of oil reaching $80 angered President Trump, no one should rule out the price jumping to $100, or $200, or even double that figure," Turki Aldakhil wrote.

It&#39;s unclear, however, whether Saudi Arabia would be willing to unilaterally cut production.

"The truth is that if Washington imposes sanctions on Riyadh, it will stab its own economy to death, even though it thinks that it is stabbing only Riyadh," said Aldakhil.

Saudi dissident believes Riyadh tapped calls with Khashoggi

A Saudi dissident in Canada believes the kingdom hacked his phone and listened to calls he had with Jamal Khashoggi prior to the journalist&#39;s disappearance.

"For sure, they listened to the conversation between me and Jamal and other activists, in Canada, in the [United] States, in Turkey, in Saudi Arabia," Omar Abdulaziz said in an interview with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

A report published recently by the University of Toronto&#39;s Citizen Lab concluded that Saudi authorities were "very likely" responsible for hacking his phone with powerful spyware sold only to governments.

Abdulaziz said he was working on several projects with Khashoggi in recent months, including a campaign to counter Riyadh&#39;s pro-government propaganda on social media.

Khashoggi "promised me to sponsor the project and I guess they could listen in to those conversations", he said. "His voice was a headache for the Saudi government."

Morgan and Ford cancel plans for Saudi investor event

JP Morgan Chase Chief Executive Jamie Dimon and Ford Motor Company Chairman Bill Ford cancelled plans to attend a Saudi investor conference, the latest such high-profile announcements after Khashoggi&#39;s disappearance.

The cancellations could add pressure on other American firms such as Goldman Sachs Group, Mastercard, and Bank of America to reconsider their plans to attend the high-profile event known as "Davos in the Desert".

Neither JP Morgan nor Ford would elaborate on the reasons for the decision not to attend the Future Investment Initiative conference in Riyadh later this month and did not comment on whether concerns about Khashoggi were a factor.

Business barons – including British billionaire Richard Branson and Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi, as well as media powerhouses like Bloomberg and CNN – have all pulled out.

The absence of media and technology executives is likely to cast a shadow over the three-day event, which has become the biggest show for investors to promote Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman&#39;s reform vision.

People hold signs during a protest at the Saudi embassy in Washington, DC over Khashoggi&#39;s disappearance [Jacquelyn Martin/AP]

Sunday, October 14

Erdogan, King Salman stress importance of joint working group

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan and King Salman of Saudi Arabia spoke by telephone and discussed the investigation into the disappearance of Khashoggi, according to Turkish presidential sources.

They said the leaders stressed the importance of their two countries creating a joint working group as part of the investigation. The king thanked Erdogan for welcoming the Saudi proposal for the joint group and said no one could undermine their relationship.

Egypt supports Saudi efforts on Khashoggi

Egypt said it was following with concern the case of Khashoggi&#39;s disappearance and called for a transparent investigation into the matter.

"Egypt stresses the importance of revealing the truth of what happened in a transparent investigation," its foreign ministry said in a statement.

Cairo warned against those who sought to exploit the incident politically against Saudi Arabia and stressed its support for Riyadh&#39;s efforts to deal with the situation.

Britain to determine course of action if Saudi proven guilty

The UK&#39;s Foreign Minister Jeremy Hunt said Britain would have to think about the appropriate response if it were proven that Saudi Arabia was behind the disappearance of Khashoggi.

"I don&#39;t want to get drawn into hypotheticals because we don&#39;t know the facts yet, but we have been very, very clear that if these stories are true, that would be totally appalling and we would have to think about the appropriate way to react in that situation," Hunt told British television.

Saudi thanks US for showing caution in Khashoggi case

Saudi Arabia thanked countries, including the United States, for "refraining from jumping to conclusions" over the fate of the missing journalist.

The Saudi embassy in Washington issued a tweet to clarify an earlier statement in which Saudi Arabia said it would retaliate to international pressure or sanctions with greater measures.

UK, France, Germany call for &#39;credible investigation&#39;

The United Kingdom, France and Germany have called on Saudi Arabia and Turkey to mount a "credible investigation" into the disappearance of Khashoggi, adding they were treating the case with "utmost seriousness".

"There needs to be a credible investigation to establish the truth about what happened, and – if relevant – to identify those bearing responsibility for the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi, and ensure that they are held to account," foreign ministers from the three countries said in a joint statement.

"We encourage joint Saudi-Turkish efforts in that regard, and expect the Saudi Government to provide a complete and detailed response. We have conveyed this message directly to the Saudi authorities."

US Treasury Secretary to attend upcoming Saudi summit

Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin is still planning to attend the three-day Future Investment Initiative scheduled to take place on October 23, White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow said on ABC&#39;s "This Week."

"Mr Mnuchin will make up his mind as the week progresses and as new information surfaces," Kudlow said.

His comments came shortly after Florida Senator Marco Rubio told CNN&#39;s State of the Union he believes Mnuchin should boycott the event.

Senator Rubio: &#39;US must take action&#39;

Republican Senator Marco Rubio said the US had to react in response to Khashoggi&#39;s disappearance or face losing its reputation on human rights.

"If we do not take action, including potentially arms sales, as a result of this, if it turns out to be what they say it is, then we are not going to be able to with a straight face or any credibility confront Putin or Assad or Maduro in Venezuela or frankly confront the Chinese and their human rights violations," Rubio said on Sunday in an interview with CBS&#39;s Face the Nation.

Saudi Arabia vows retaliation against possible sanctions

Riyadh dismissed threats of sanctions over the disappearance of Khashoggi and vowed Saudi Arabia would retaliate against such action.

"The kingdom affirms its total rejection of any threats or attempts to undermine it whether through threats to impose economic sanctions or the use of political pressure," an official source said, quoted by state news agency SPA.

"The kingdom also affirms that it will respond to any action with a bigger one," the source said.

Saudi stocks tumble as pressure mounts

Saudi Arabia&#39;s Tadawul All-Shares Index (TASI) lost more than 500 points on the first trading day of the week on Sunday, wiping out all the gains it had made since the start of the year.

TASI is the largest Arab bourse and has shed almost $50bn of its capital value, dropping to $450bn.

Khashoggi&#39;s fiancee calls for &#39;accountability&#39;

Hatice Cengiz, Khashoggi&#39;s fiancee, has called for accountability if reports of his murder are true.

In an op-ed written for The New York Times, Cengiz said if allegations are proven true, the loss of Khashoggi impacts "every person with a conscience and moral compass.

"If we have already lost Jamal, then condemnation is not enough. The people who took him from us, irrespective of their political positions, must be held accountable and punished to the full extent of the law," she wrote.

Cengiz, who was invited to the White House by Trump, said she would "consider accepting" such an invitation if the US president helped reveal the truth of what happened to Khashoggi.

US, UK may boycott Riyadh conference

US Treasury Secretary, Steve Mnuchin, and the UK&#39;s International Trade Secretary, Liam Fox, may not attend the "Davos in the Desert", a major investment conference in Riyadh, over concerns that Saudi Arabia is responsible for Khashoggi&#39;s reported death.

The officials&#39; possible boycott was confirmed to the BBC by "diplomatic sources".

If Mnuchin and Fox decide to boycott the Future Investment Initiative conference, they will join investors such as Richard Branson and journalists from The Economist, CNBC and The New York Times, who pulled out of the conference in Riyadh on Friday amid growing concerns over Khashoggi&#39;s disappearance.

Saturday, October 13

Trump pessimistic about Khashoggi&#39;s fate

Trump says he will probably call Saudi King Salman tonight or tomorrow about Khashoggi, adding that the case is "not looking too good".

Trump also said the US would be "punishing itself" if it halts military sales to Saudi Arabia, even if it is proven that Khashoggi was killed inside the country&#39;s consulate in Istanbul.

Turkey urges Saudis to allow consulate search

Turkey&#39;s top diplomat has reiterated a call to Saudi Arabia to allow Turkish authorities to enter the kingdom&#39;s consulate in Istanbul.

Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said that Saudi Arabia had not yet cooperated with Turkey on the search for Khashoggi. He said that Turkish "prosecutors and technical friends must enter" the consulate "and Saudi Arabia must cooperate with us on this".

Trump: &#39;Severe punishment&#39; if Saudi killed Khashoggi

US President Donald Trump said in a CBS interview that there would be "severe punishment" for Saudi Arabia if it turns out that Khashoggi was killed in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

Trump said in an interview for 60 Minutes that there was much at stake with Khashoggi case, "maybe especially so" because he was a journalist.

&#39;Trump&#39;s rhetoric encourages attacks on press&#39;: IPI

Daoud Kuttab, a board member at the International Press Institute, an organisation promoting press freedom globally, said US President Donald Trump&#39;s tirades against journalists and claims of "fake news" encourage leaders elsewhere to clamp down on press freedom.

"The rhetoric coming out of the White House, coming out of the president, attacks daily on news as being fake news gives the permission to autocratic leaders to take out their own opposition and independent journalists," he told Al Jazeera.

"Leaders around the world, and especially autocratic leaders, watch the White House and the president carefully. When the president of the US says that journalists are the enemies of the people, that&#39;s music to their ears and the feel like they can get a green light or a yellow light from America to do what they want [to] their own journalists," he said.

UN chief concerned over attacks on journalists

The United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres expressed fears that enforced disappearances are set to become the "new normal".

Speaking to the BBC at the International Monetary Fund meeting in Bali, Guterres said governments must respond appropriately once a "clear answer" on what happened to Khashoggi emerges.

"I must say I am feeling worried [at] this apparent new normal," he said.

Members of UK Parliament call for &#39;thorough investigation&#39;

Several members of the British Houses of Parliament have written a letter to Foreign Affairs Minister Jeremy Hunt, calling for a "thorough investigation" into the Khashoggi case.

"Clearly this is a very concerning case, with serious implications for the future of Saudi Arabia and her relations with liberal democracies worldwide," a letter written by Mark Menzies, chair of the all-party parliamentarian group on Saudi Arabia wrote in a letter.

"The UK must call for a full and thorough investigation into the circumstances surrounding the disappearance of Mr Khashoggi, and stand ready to support all authorities in their inquiries," Menzies continued.

The letter was signed by 13 MPs.

Trump to call King Salman

US President Donald Trump has said he will address Khashoggi&#39;s disappearance in a phone call with Saudi&#39;s King Salman, after confirming he had not talked to any of the country&#39;s officials yet regarding the case.

"I will be calling, at some point, King Salman, I&#39;ll be speaking to him pretty soon," Trump said.

"We&#39;re gonna find out what happened with respect to the terrible situation in Turkey having to do with Saudi Arabia and the reporter," he told reporters in Cincinnati, Ohio, on Friday.

While avoiding questions of what the conversation would be like, Trump did say that the Saudis and others are looking "very hard and very fast" into what happened to Khashoggi.

"It is potentially a really, really terrible situation," he said.

Smartwatch recorded Khashoggi&#39;s last moments: report

According to Turkish authorities, Jamal Khashoggi&#39;s smartwatch could potentially play an important factor in solving the disappearance and alleged murder of the Saudi journalist.

The authorities have said Khashoggi&#39;s smartwatch recorded audio of his meeting inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, which was then sent to a phone he gave his fiancee ahead of his meeting.

Turkish newspaper Daily Sabah reported on Saturday that Khashoggi&#39;s alleged interrogation, torture and murder were recorded in the watch&#39;s memory.

Sabah, which cited "reliable sources in a special intelligence department" for its report, said Khashoggi was believed to have turned on the recording feature on the phone before entering the consulate.

Some technology analysts have expressed doubt at the veracity of the report, Alp Toker, from digital rights group Netblocks.org told Al Jazeera on Saturday that it was not clear if Khashoggi&#39;s watch had syncing capabilities or if the other devices were within range at the time.

"It&#39;s not out of the realm of possibility, but looking at the facts of the situation, it is quite difficult to see the conditions when this could have happened," he said.

IMF managing director to attend conference in Riyadh

Christine Lagarde, managing director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has said she will attend a high profile economic conference in the Saudi capital Riyadh, despite criticising the Saudi government for their alleged involvement in the disappearance of Khashoggi.

"Human rights and freedom of information are essential rights," Lagarde said. "Horrifying things have been reported, and I am horrified but I have to conduct the business of the IMF in all corners of the world."

"When I visit a country I always speak my mind, so at this point in time I will not change my plan."

On Friday, several key attendees of the investment conference, including the heads of Uber, CNN and FT, who said they will not be part of the event.

Saudi interior minister denies all allegations

Saudi Arabia&#39;s Minister of Interior Abdulaziz bin Saud bin Naif bin Abdulaziz has denied allegations regarding the disappearance and alleged murder of Khashoggi.

He said that allegations about orders to murder Khashoggi were "lies" targeting the government, according to the official Saudi Press Agency.

Friday, October 12

Saudi investment conference to go on: Spokesperson

A spokesperson for the Future Investment Initiative set to take place in the Saudi capital Riyadh on October 23 said the event will move ahead as planned.

"While it is disappointing that some speakers and partners have pulled out, we are looking forward to welcoming thousands of speakers, moderators and guests from all over the world to Riyadh from Oct. 23-25," the spokesperson said in a statement.

Several US media organisations and business leaders have withdrawn from the conference over the disappearance and suspected murder of Khashoggi.

France&#39;s Macron: Khashoggi&#39;s disappearance &#39;extremely worrying&#39;

French President Emmanuel Macron said he was "extremely worried" about the Saudi journalist&#39;s disappearance.

"I am waiting for the truth and complete clarity to be established," Macron said in an interview with France 24. "What&#39;s being mentioned is serious, very serious […] France wants everything to be done so that we have all the truth on this case of which the first elements are extremely worrying."

Macron said he will take a final stance once the facts are established and would discuss the matter with leaders from Turkey and Saudi Arabia.

CNN, FT withdraw from Saudi event

CNN and The Financial Times became the latest media agencies to drop out of a Saudi investment conference on Friday.

They join journalists from The Economist, CNBC and The New York Times, who pulled out of the Future Investment Initiative conference in Riyadh earlier on Friday amid growing concerns over Khashoggi&#39;s disappearance.

US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said he was still planning to attend the conference.

"If more information comes out and changes, we can look at that, but I am planning on going," he told CNBC.

France joins calls for Saudi transparency

France&#39;s foreign ministry said on Friday that it had asked Saudi Arabian authorities to provide detailed answers over the question of what happened to Khashoggi.

"The disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul … has raised serious questions about his fate. France asks that the facts be clearly established and that all those who can contribute to the truth fully contribute to it," Agnes Von der Muhll, a foreign ministry spokeswoman said in a statement.

"This is the message we passed to Saudi authorities. The charges brought against them require that they be transparent and provide a complete and detailed response".

Saudi delegation arrives in Ankara

A delegation from Saudi Arabia has arrived in the Turkish capital, Ankara, for an investigation into Khashoggi&#39;s disappearance, according to two Turkish sources cited by the country&#39;s Anadolu news agency.

Turkish state media also reported the arrival.

The visit follows an announcement on Thursday that Turkey had accepted a Saudi proposal to launch joint investigations into Khashoggi&#39;s disappearance.

Amnesty International calls for transparency from Saudi Arabia

Rights group Amnesty International has called for Saudi Arabia to reveal Khashoggi&#39;s "fate and whereabouts at this time".

"The responsibility is clear for the kingdom of Saudi Arabia," said MENA Regional Director, Heba Morayef.

During a press conference on Friday, which covered several regional issues, including the war in Syria, Morayef said the possibility of Khashoggi being forcibly disappeared was worrying.

"It is during enforced disappearances that torture happens and that killings can happen so [this is] at the minimum an enforced disappearance and – if it’s true that he was assassinated inside the embassy – then [Saudi Arabia] would also be responsible for extrajudicial executions," she said.

Audio, video recordings prove Khashoggi killed inside consulate: report

US and Turkish officials told The Washington Post there are audio and video recordings proving Khashoggi was tortured and murdered inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

Video recordings show a Saudi assassination team seizing the journalist after he walked in on October 2. He was then killed and his body dismembered, the officials told the Post – the newspaper that Khashoggi wrote for as a columnist.

The audio was particularly gruesome, the sources said.

"The voice recording from inside the embassy lays out what happened to Jamal after he entered," said one official speaking anonymously because the intelligence is classified.

"You can hear his voice and the voices of men speaking Arabic. You can hear how he was interrogated, tortured, and then murdered."

Another unnamed official confirmed men could be heard beating Khashoggi on the recording.

It was unclear how the Turkish and American officials obtained the recordings.

Security expert says Turkey likely has secret evidence of killing

David Katz, CEO of Global Security Group, told Al Jazeera the intelligence officials quoted by The Washington Post likely have audio and video that clandestinely recorded Khashoggi&#39;s killing.

"There is clearly tension between the Saudis and the Turkish government, so that suggests Turkey is going to be directing its very considerable intelligence apparatus at everything to do with the Saudi government in Turkey for sure," said Katz.

"So it&#39;s very possible that they do in fact have audio and video recordings of things that have gone on inside the consulate, whether that was bugs planted or electronic intercepts. So you wouldn&#39;t really need full forensics if you have evidence of that nature. And if the report in The Washington Post is correct, that&#39;s apparently what they have."

Katz said spies have "robust electronic devices" that can allow them to listen to what&#39;s going on inside buildings from outside.

"You&#39;ll actually hear what happened, you&#39;ll hear the voices. There was a suggestion there was an interrogation followed by a very brutal murder. If that&#39;s the case – and if that&#39;s on audio and/or videotape – you don&#39;t need anything else. That&#39;s the case right there."

Critical Saudi royal says he was targeted with plan to &#39;disappear&#39; him

Khaled bin Farhan al-Saud, a Saudi prince living in exile in Germany, told The Independent that luring dissidents to meetings to "disappear" them is a common strategy used by Saudi leaders.

Al-Saud alleged Saudi officials plotted to abduct him days before Khashoggi vanished, adding that it was part of a plan by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to keep adversaries quiet.

"Over 30 times the Saudi authorities have told me to meet them in the Saudi embassy, but I have refused every time," al-Saud told the UK newspaper.

"I know what can happen if I go into the embassy. Around 10 days before Jamal went missing, they asked my family to bring me to Cairo to give me a cheque. I refused."

He said at least five Saudi royals last week approached the leadership in Riyadh about Khashoggi&#39;s disappearance, and they were detained.

"Just five days ago a group tried to visit King Salman saying they were afraid for the future of the al-Saud family. They mentioned Mr Khashoggi&#39;s case. They were all put in jail," said Saud.

Everyone is "scared", he added.

Media companies, journalists drop out of Saudi event

Media companies are pulling out of a Saudi investment conference because of growing outrage over Khashoggi&#39;s disappearance.

Economist Editor-In-Chief Zanny Minton Beddoes will not participate in the Future Investment Initiative conference in Riyadh, spokeswoman Lauren Hackett said in an email.

Andrew Ross Sorkin, a CNBC anchor and New York Times business journalist, tweeted he was not attending the conference, saying he was "terribly distressed by the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi and reports of his murder".

The New York Times also decided to pull out of the event as a media sponsor, spokeswoman Eileen Murphy said.

The Financial Times said in a statement that it was reviewing its involvement as a media partner.

Virgin&#39;s Branson halts talks on $1bn Saudi investment in space ventures

British billionaire Richard Branson said his Virgin Group would suspend its discussions with Saudi Arabia&#39;s Public Investment Fund over a planned $1bn investment in the group&#39;s space ventures.

"What has reportedly happened in Turkey around the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, if proved true, would clearly change the ability of any of us in the West to do business with the Saudi government," Branson said in a statement.

Branson also said he would suspend his directorship in two Saudi tourism projects around the Red Sea, citing Khashoggi&#39;s disappearance.

Last year, Saudi Arabia&#39;s Public Investment Fund said it planned to invest about $1bn in Branson&#39;s space company, Virgin Galactic, The Spaceship Company and Virgin Orbit.

"We have asked for more information from the authorities in Saudi and to clarify their position in relation to Mr Khashoggi," Branson said on Thursday.

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday that the United States has investigators overseas to assist Turkey in its investigation of the journalist&#39;s disappearance and that they were also working with Saudi Arabia.

TV show dedicated to Khashoggi

Prominent Palestinian-British activist and TV presenter Azzam Tamimi dedicated his show on Thursday night to his missing friend and fellow journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

The Saudi writer was supposed to be a guest on the programme on the Alhiwar TV Channel to talk about his future projects. Instead, the studio featured a framed photograph of Khashoggi.

Tamimi said he saw Khashoggi in London after his first visit to the Saudi consulate and the day before his disappearance.

"Well, I was horrified because he assured me when we were in London that there was nothing to be concerned about. He said on Friday he had been to the consulate. They received him very well although they were initially surprised to see him and promised him that if he came back again a few days later, they would issue him the papers he was after.

"So he felt it was okay, but apparently they prepared a trap for him," Tamimi said.

&#39;You don&#39;t have to be Sherlock Holmes&#39;

US Senator Lindsey Graham told Al Jazeera that he has read US intelligence that points to the Saudi government&#39;s involvement in the disappearance of Khashoggi.

"I&#39;ve already seen the intel. It was very unnerving. You don&#39;t have to be Sherlock Holmes to figure this out," Graham said.

"If it turns out that this man was killed or mistreated by the Saudi government, we expect stuff like this from [Russian President Vladmir] Putin and we come down hard on him when he does it. So, everything we did to Putin, I want to do to Saudi Arabia," Graham added.

Senator Bob Corker of Tennessee, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, told Al Jazeera: "Everything that we know points to the Saudi government and yet none of us want to jump to conclusions. If I had to bet today, they ordered it, they killed him and probably very high-level people were aware of it."

"We have got to send a signal early on that going around killing journalists is totally inappropriate and if he [Saudi crown prince] has been involved there&#39;s got to be sanctions."

A protester wears a mask of Saudi Arabia Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman outside the Saudi embassy in Washington, DC [Jacquelyn Martin/AP]

Thursday, October 11

Saudi envoy returns to Riyadh

Prince Khalid bin Salman, Saudi Arabia&#39;s ambassador to Washington heads back to Riyadh to gather information on the whereabouts of Khashoggi.

"I&#39;m told that he&#39;s headed back to his home country, and we expect some information when he gets back," State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert told a media briefing.

Turkish-Saudi team in joint probe

Turkey&#39;s official Anadolu news agency reported a Turkish official as saying that Ankara and Riyadh will form a joint group to look into Khashoggi&#39;s disappearance.

Earlier in the day, Sarah Leah Whitson, Middle East director at Human Rights Watch, warned against Saudi Arabia&#39;s participation in the official probe.

"Given that Saudi Arabia will not provide any evidence about Khashoggi&#39;s movements in and out of the consulate, they cannot be trusted to conduct a genuine – far less effective – investigation," Whitson said.

Istanbul&#39;s public prosecutor said he would continue the current investigation separately.

Turkey to make probe results public

Turkish foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu has promised to share the results of the probe into the journalist&#39;s disappearance.

"We will share with the international community everything we will learn in the course of the investigation," Cavusoglu said in a televised announcement during a trip to Iraq.

US Senator: Journalist&#39;s death may merit sanctions at &#39;highest level&#39;

US Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker said sanctions will be imposed at the "highest levels" of the Saudi leadership if Riyadh is found to have a hand in the disappearance of Khashoggi.

"If it turns out to be what we think it is today but don&#39;t know, there will have to be significant sanctions placed at the highest levels," the Republican senator said.

Trump: No reason to stop Saudi investments

US President Donald Trump said he saw no reason to block Saudi Arabian investments in the US despite concern over Khashoggi&#39;s disappearance, saying the Gulf nation would then just move its money into Russia and China.

Trump, speaking to reporters at the White House, also said the US was expecting a report soon on the case, but gave no other details.

&#39;US must pressure Saudi&#39; – Marwan Bishara

Al Jazeera&#39;s senior political analyst Marwan Bishara said Washington had to act and pressure the Saudis if it wanted to defend its credibility.

"We cannot ignore the fact that there is huge public pressure brewing now in the United States, in Europe and indeed around the world," Bishara said.

"There is a moral aspect to it as well as an economic and geopolitical one. That&#39;s why I said the only way for a win-win situation whereby the US can have the moral upper hand on this is by pressuring the Saudis which will allow them to continue the economic and military relationship with Riyadh."

Trump: US assisting Turkish investigators

The United States has investigators overseas to assist Turkey in its investigation of the disappearance of Khashoggi, US President Donald Trump said on Thursday, adding that they are also working with Saudi Arabia.

"We&#39;re being very tough. And we have investigators over there and we&#39;re working with Turkey, and frankly, we&#39;re working with Saudi Arabia. We want to find out what happened," Trump said in an interview with Fox News&#39; Fox & Friends programme.

US senator calls for halt in Saudi arms sales

US Kentucky Senator Rand Paul demanded a halt in military support to Saudi Arabia until Khashoggi is "returned alive".

In an article in The Atlantic, Paul said that he planned to introduce legislation to scrap "all funding, training, advising, and any other coordination" with the kingdom until they received confirmation that the journalist is alive.

"The regime must be held accountable for Jamal Khashoggi," he said.

Erdogan: Turkey &#39;cannot remain silent&#39;

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has increased pressure on Riyadh over the disappearance of Khashoggi, saying that Ankara &#39;cannot remain silent to such an incident".

Speaking to reporters as he returned from a visit to Hungary, Erdogan expressed disbelief at Saudi claims that Khashoggi disappeared without being picked up by security cameras after leaving the consulate.

"How is it possible for a consulate, an embassy not to have security camera systems? Is it possible for the Saudi Arabian consulate where the incident occurred not to have camera systems?" he said.

"If a bird flew, if a mosquito appeared, these systems would catch them and [I believe] they would have the most advanced of systems," he said.

Erdogan added that the investigation by Turkey&#39;s legal, security and intelligence bodies is ongoing.

Consular source heard screams and sounds of struggle

Turkish investigators have heard testimony from a source who was inside the Saudi consulate at the time of Khashoggi&#39;s disappearance who claims to have heard sounds of a struggle, according to Al Jazeera&#39;s Jamal Elshayyal, reporting from Istanbul.

"I have learned earlier that, among the evidence with the investigation is testimony from inside the consulate at the time that Jamal [Khashoggi] was there, which includes hearing sounds of loud screams and shouting, as well as calls for help and the sound of a struggle and then sudden silence," he said.

Turkish foreign ministry sources denied to Al Jazeera that Saudis rescinded their authorisation for Turkish authorities to search the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

The ministry&#39;s remarks came after some media outlets claimed that Saudi Arabia cancelled an offer to allow Turkish authorities onto the premises after Turkish state-owned media published a list of the 15 Saudi nationals who allegedly arrived in Istanbul on the same day Khashoggi disappeared.

Turkish investigators are also requesting to search a number of vehicles registered to the consulate, along with the home of the consul general, which is a few hundred metres from the consulate, after a van with tinted windows was seen leaving the consulate and driving to the home a couple of hours after Khashoggi entered.

Titles of &#39;assassination squad&#39; revealed

The identities of at least eight of the alleged 15-member Saudi "assassination squad" that Turkish authorities believe carried out Khashoggi&#39;s assassination are beginning to come to light.

The head of the forensic unit in the Saudi defence forces, a former head of intelligence at the Saudi Arabian embassy in London and several special forces officers are among the group, which flew into Istanbul on Tuesday, October 2, Al Jazeera reports.

All 15 men had booked four nights in hotels near the Saudi consulate but left Turkey less than 24 hours after arriving.

Report: Prince Salman ordered Khashoggi operation

The Washington Post reports Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman himself ordered an operation targeting Jamal Khashoggi.

Based on US intelligence intercepts, Saudi officials were heard discussing a plan to lure Khashoggi from the US state of Virginia, where he resides, back to Saudi Arabia where he would be detained, the newspaper said, citing unnamed US officials.

It was not clear to the officials with knowledge of the intelligence whether the Saudis discussed harming Khashoggi as part of the plan to capture him, it said.

His friends told the Post that Khashoggi had been approached by Saudi officials with close ties to the crown prince over the past four months with offers to reconcile and return to the kingdom, including being given a prominent role in the government.

The writer was sceptical of the offers, however.

"He said: &#39;Are you kidding? I don&#39;t trust them one bit,&#39;" said Khaled Saffuri, an Arab American political activist, recounting a conversation he had with Khashoggi in May.

Trump: Saudi assassination &#39;looking a bit like that&#39;

In comments made by President Donald Trump to an American TV network, the US president indicated the Saudis may have killed the critical Saudi journalist.

Asked in a telephone interview with Fox News Channel late on Wednesday whether the Saudis were responsible for Khashoggi&#39;s disappearance or death, Trump said: "I guess you would have to say so far it&#39;s looking a little bit like that, and we&#39;re going to have to see."

During the interview, Trump expressed reluctance to act on calls to withhold US arms sales to the kingdom, saying that US jobs and economic strength are tied to such trade deals.

"Part of that is what we&#39;re doing with our defence systems and everybody&#39;s wanting them. And frankly, I think that would be a very, very tough pill to swallow for our country. I mean, you&#39;re affecting us and, you know, they&#39;re always quick to jump that way," he said.

More than 20 Republican and Democratic senators instructed Trump to order an investigation into Khashoggi&#39;s disappearance under legislation that authorises imposing sanctions on perpetrators of extrajudicial killings.

American senators threaten arms sales repercussions

US Senator Chris Murphy said if Saudi Arabia had lured a US resident into a consulate and killed him, "it&#39;s time for the United States to rethink our military, political and economic relationship with Saudi Arabia".

Senator Rand Paul, a long-time critic of the Saudi government, said he&#39;ll try to force a vote in the Senate this week blocking US arms sales to Saudi Arabia. He said he wants to end arms shipments if there&#39;s "any indication" the Saudis are "implicated in killing this journalist that was critical of them".

Karen Elliott House, a veteran writer on Saudi affairs and chairwoman of the board of trustees at RAND Corp, said US support for the Yemen war is likely to be the focus of congressional criticism, but it won&#39;t endanger a relationship that has endured for decades, underpinned by shared strategic interests.

Even under the Obama administration, which had difficult relations with Riyadh compared with Trump, there were some $65bn in completed arms sales, she noted.

"The US-Saudi relationship is certainly not about shared moral values," House said. "It&#39;s about shared security interests."

Saudi official condemns &#39;malicious&#39; accusations

The Saudi ambassador to Washington, Prince Khalid bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, has described the allegations as "malicious leaks and grim rumours" and said the kingdom is "gravely concerned" about Khashoggi.

Saudi officials maintain he left the consulate shortly after entering, though it has failed to provide evidence to back that up, such as video footage.

Senior US officials call Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman

The White House said National Security Advisor John Bolton and Senior Advisor Jared Kushner – Donald Trump&#39;s son-in-law – spoke to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman about Khashoggi&#39;s disappearance over the past two days.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo followed up with his own call to the crown prince, who has forged close ties to the Trump administration, especially Kushner.

"In both calls, they asked for more details and for the Saudi government to be transparent in the investigation process," White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said in a statement.

White House officials said the Saudis provided little information.

US senators trigger human rights probe

Twenty-two US senators signed a letter to President Donald Trump triggering a US investigation into whether human rights sanctions should be imposed on Saudi Arabi over Khashoggi&#39;s disappearance.

In the letter, the senators said they triggered a provision of the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act, requiring the president to determine whether a foreign person is responsible for a gross human rights violation.

"Our expectation is that in making your determination you will consider any relevant information, including with respect to the highest ranking officials in the government of Saudi Arabia," the senators said.

Trump told reporters earlier he raised Khashoggi&#39;s case with Saudi Arabia "at the highest level" and more than once in recent days.

"We want to see what&#39;s going on. It&#39;s a very serious situation for us and for this White House… We want to get to the bottom of it," said Trump.

Wednesday, October 10

US adviser suspends Saudi role

Ernest Moniz, who served as President Barack Obama&#39;s energy secretary, said he has suspended his role on the board of Saudi Arabia&#39;s planned megacity NEOM until more is known about the fate of Khashoggi.

"I share the deep concerns of many about the disappearance and possible assassination of Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul," Axios cited Moniz as saying.

Moniz is one of 18 people advising Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on the $500bn NEOM project.

Turkey and Saudi Arabia &#39;in talks&#39;

The New York Times writes that Saudi officials on Tuesday began for the first time to contact Turkish counterparts for secret talks about Khashoggi&#39;s disappearance.

"The Saudis have told Washington that they believe they can smooth over the issue, according to both Turkish and American officials briefed on the discussions," the NYT wrote.

Khashoggi&#39;s Apple watch

A Turkish security official told Reuters news agency the Apple smartwatch Khashoggi was wearing at the time of his disappearance was being looked into by Turkish investigators.

They said the watch was connected to a mobile phone Khashoggi left outside and security and intelligence agents in Turkey believe it may provide important clues as to Khashoggi&#39;s whereabouts or what happened to him.

If the watch and phone were connected to the internet and the devices were close enough to synchronise, data from the watch – saved to the cloud – could potentially provide investigators with information such as the journalist&#39;s heart rate and location.

"We have determined that it was on him when he walked into the consulate," a security official said. "Intelligence services, the prosecutor&#39;s office, and a technology team are working on this."

Trump wants answers

President Donald Trump says the US is "demanding" answers from Saudi Arabia about Khashoggi and that he wants to bring his fiancee to the White House.

Trump told reporters in the Oval Office on Wednesday that he has a call in to Hatice Cengiz.

"People saw him go in and didn&#39;t see him come out. We&#39;re going to take a very serious look at it. It&#39;s a terrible thing," Trump said. "This is a bad situation. We cannot let this happen – to reporters, to anybody."

Fifteen-member &#39;hit squad&#39;

Turkish media have published images of an alleged 15-member Saudi "assassination squad" and video of suspicious movements at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul following Khashoggi&#39;s disappearance.

Saudi Arabia remained silent as the images, though not offering definitive proof about Khashoggi&#39;s fate, played across television networks in Turkey and around the world.

Turkish media airs surveillance video

News channel 24, a private Turkish TV channel close to Erdogan, has aired surveillance video of Khashoggi walking into the Saudi consulate and a black van leaving later for the consul&#39;s home.

The channel aired the video, suggesting that Khashoggi was inside of the black Mercedes Vito.

It said the van then drove some to the consul&#39;s home, approximately 200 metres from the consulate, where it parked inside a garage.

Saudi Arabia did not respond to requests for comment on Wednesday.

Khashoggi&#39;s fiancee writes letter to Trump

Khashoggi&#39;s fiancee, Hatice Cengiz, is asking Trump and first lady Melania to "help shed light" on his disappearance.

In a column published Wednesday by the Post, she wrote: "I also urge Saudi Arabia, especially King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, to show the same level of sensitivity and release CCTV footage from the consulate."