Khashoggi: CIA director listens to ‘compelling’ tape of Saudi journalist’s final moments

Theresa May says Saudi account on Khashoggi lacks credibility

Theresa May says Saudi account on Khashoggi lacks credibility

Following a global outrage, Riyadh acknowledged that Khashoggi was killed in a fistfight inside the consulate after an interrogation went wrong.

Saudi Arabia's crown prince on Wednesday joked about allegations that Lebanon's premier-designate Saad Hariri was detained in the kingdom past year, saying he hoped his current visit does not spark "abduction" rumours.

"Even if US President Trump saves (Mohammed bin) Salman, in the eyes of the world he is a questionable person with Khashoggi's blood on his hands", Cevik's column said.

Turkey's state-run news agency also reported Wednesday that Saudi officials had prevented Turkish police from searching a water well in the consulate garden in Istanbul's Levent district. "We will continue to explore additional measures to hold those responsible accountable".

However, his response failed to impress one senior Turkish official, who told the Post: "How should a real investigation in Saudi Arabia work when one of the main suspects is the crown prince MBS?"

A statement Thursday quoted Saudi Attorney General Saud al-Mojeb as saying that investigators came to that conclusion after evidence presented by Turkish officials as part of the two nations' investigation into the killing.

The crown prince was speaking at a business forum in Riyadh, dubbed "Davos in the Desert", which has been boycotted by a number of political and corporate leaders.

Speaking to reporters, Trump also revealed that he will be fully informed by the US intelligence personnel who were on their way back after investigations in Turkey and Saudi Arabia.

A Mercedes belonging to the Saudi consulate, which was found in a vehicle park in the city's Sultangazi district, was searched by police for a second day on Wednesday.

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Lee estimated that about 95 percent of the missiles in China's arsenal would violate the INF Treaty if Beijing were a signatory. The land-based cruise missile, the Novator 9M729, has the potential to be seriously destabilising.

Bahout said President Recep Tayyip Erdogan could pressure Saudi Arabia to fix ties with Turkish ally Qatar, which is under a blockade from Gulf Arab states, or to ease pressure on the Muslim Brotherhood, which the kingdom has seen as a threat for its role in Arab Spring protests. The crown prince, who is known in diplomatic circles as "MBS", has drawn some praise in the West for his moves to modernize the kingdom and criticism for his government's arrests of rivals and critics.

Trump told The Wall Street Journal, "Well, the prince is running things over there more so at this stage".

"So we have the opportunity - if we decide we're not going to ask the king to remove him discreetly - to. sit down with him and say, listen, we can't go on like this", Indyk said.

While Tehran's official reaction was initially tempered, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Wednesday that the Saudis must have thought they could get away with the writer's "brutal killing" because there would be no retribution from the US government.

President Donald Trump had enthusiastically endorsed Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Salman's consolidation of power, with the 33-year-old forging a close, chatty relationship with Trump's son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner.

The former United Kingdom prime minister's Institute for Global Change has a multimillion-dollar deal with the Saudi government in order to "support the change programme" in the country.

Turkish officials suspect Saudi agents killed Khashoggi, 59, inside the consulate and cut up his body.

Erdogan said some are "uncomfortable" with Ankara sharing evidence concerning the ongoing investigation into Khashoggi's killing, without elaborating on who, according to Al Jazeera. Following more than two weeks of denials, Saudi Arabia admitted on Friday that the journalist had been killed in a brawl inside the consulate.

His body was then rolled in a rug and given to a local "co-operator" to dispose of, the official said.

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