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Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said on Sunday Khashoggi was approached by "Saudi security team" when he entered the consulate and their account of what happened after that differed from that of Turkish officials, which prompted the Saudis to investigate.

In reference to Khashoggi's killing, the president on Tuesday also said that "w hoever thought of that idea, I think is in big trouble".

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Khashoggi, a critic of the Saudi government, was last seen October 2 walking into the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on Wednesday joked about Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri's detention in the kingdom a year ago, saying he was free to leave after attending an worldwide investment conference in Riyadh.

Turkish officials believe he was tortured and killed while in the consulate, and his body dismembered.

Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau also said it was "very difficult" to drop an arms deal with Riyadh worth billions of dollars. "Somebody really messed up", he said.

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The shocking revelation comes on the same day that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced that Khashoggi's "ferocious murder" had been "planned", rejecting the Saudi explanation of his death occurring due to a brawl within the consular premises.

Slain journalist Jamal Khashoggi's body has been found in a well at the Istanbul residence of the Saudi consul general, according to Turkish politician Dogu Perincek.

In the wake of Khashoggi's killing, many worldwide business leaders and Western officials pulled out of the forum, including the CEOs of JPMorgan Chase, Uber, Siemens and Blackrock. It first denied his death and later said Khashoggi - a USA resident and columnist for the Washington Post - died inside the consulate after a fight.

Al-Sharif told Denmark's TV2 channel on Wednesday that Khashoggi supported her fight for the Saudi women's right to drive.

Pence said the information coming from Turkey "flies in the face of earlier assertions that have been made by the Saudi regime", as he noted Trump had "expressed his concern that there have been lies, there has been deception". "We expect the same sensitivity from all parties, primarily the Saudi Arabian leadership", he said.

The French president informed the Saudi king of his "profound indignation" at the crime, and said France, in coordination with its partners, could take action against those responsible for the murder, the statement added. Even though some top ranking Western officials did pull out of the three-day financial conference in Riyadh held after the murder, it still did not stop Saudi Arabia from signing $50 billion worth of contracts, which involved some Western corporate giants as well.