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Cheryl Sanders
October 25, 2018

The disappearance of Khashoggi has provoked global criticism of Saudi Arabia's de-facto ruler, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, and convulsed the kingdom as it struggles to respond to increasing worldwide pressure to explain the journalist's fate. "I do." But he said before he decided what to do next, he wanted to talk to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Britain's Foreign Office said on Saturday: "We are considering the Saudi report and our next steps". "We feel their pain", Jubeir said in an interview with Fox News.

Democratic senator Dick Durbin has called on his side, in a press release, that the ambassador of saudi Arabia to the United States to be "formally evicted", "up to the culmination of an investigation conducted by a third party on the kidnapping and murder of Jamal Khashoggi".

"If Khashoggi was fighting inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, he was fighting for his life with people sent to capture or kill him", said Mr Schiff, a member of the House Intelligence Committee.

The incident caused an outcry in Turkey as well as many Western countries.

The top official characterised Khashoggi's killing as "a rogue operation" and apologised to his family.

It says investigations are under way, and so far 18 Saudi nationals have been arrested.

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., tweeted on Friday, "To say that I am skeptical of the new Saudi narrative about Mr. Khashoggi is an understatement".

Asked by a reporter whether he thought Saudi Arabia's explanation for Mr Khashoggi's death was credible, Mr Trump said "I do".

"Saudi Arabia has been a great ally, but what happened is unacceptable", Trump said.

October 16: Without warning, the Saudi consul in Istanbul, a key witness in the case, leaves Turkey to Saudi Arabia. He also said Prince Mohammed was not responsible.

Reflecting global scepticism over its account, a senior Saudi government official laid out a new version that contradicts previous explanations. The Saudi explanation - that an argument in the consulate led to a fatal brawl - is at odds with the conclusions of Turkish investigators, who believe that Khashoggi was deliberately killed by a team of Saudi agents who were dispatched to Istanbul.

What is Saudi Arabia's version of events?

Reuters cited a Saudi government official on Sunday who said the journalist died after being put in a chokehold.

"My beef is not with Saudi Arabia the country but the leader taking the law in his own hands showing nothing but contempt in his relationship and acting in a barbaric fashion", he added.

A bipartisan group of USA lawmakers are accusing the crown prince of directing the operation.

The French foreign minister, Jean-Yves Le Drian, said many questions remained "unanswered" and insisted "they require exhaustive and diligent investigation".

Turkish officials, however, suspect the dissident journalist's body was cut up but the Saudi official said it was rolled up in a rug and given to a "local cooperator" for disposal.

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