Jamal Khashoggi: Tale of Turkey's secret tapes

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Speaking in Washingon, Trump said he was "hopeful" the crisis would resolve itself, while Pompeo told reporters in Brussels the U.S. takes the journalist's suspected killing and dismemberment seriously, even as both men stressed the importance of the U.S. -Saudi relationship.

The United States on Thursday gave Saudi Arabia more time to investigate the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi as Turkish investigators searched Riyadh's consulate in Istanbul for a second time in a hunt for clues.

Key global figures have announced they've cancelled plans to attend the Saudi summit, including top business executives, U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, European cabinet ministers, worldwide Monetary Fund head Christine Lagarde and World Bank President Jim Yong Kim.

"It certainly looks that way to me".

The newspaper said Khashoggi, a Washington Post contributor, was then decapitated.

Trump did not say Thursday what he based his conclusion on.

"He said it very strongly", Trump said when pressed to say whether he believed the Saudi king. "It's bad, bad stuff". "But we'll see what happens".

Turkish media report that he was killed and dismembered inside the consulate by a hit squad which arrived from Riyadh - claims denied by the Saudi government.

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Otaibi took off for Riyadh on a 1400 GMT flight from Istanbul , the Haber-Turk newspaper reported on its website. Pompeo then met a smiling Prince Mohammed, the heir apparent to the throne of the world's largest oil exporter.

It reported that his torturers severed his fingers during an interrogation, and that Khashoggi was killed within minutes.

Author and radio host Lendman said the impetuous crown prince, whom media refer to as MBS, directly ordered the assassination of Khashoggi.

"We remain very troubled by the disappearance of prominent Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi", the statement said.

Although Pompeo suggested the USA could wait longer for results, an official familiar with his meetings in Riyadh and Ankara said the secretary had been blunt about the need to wrap the probe up quickly.

Earlier on Thursday, Pompeo said he told Trump that the U.S. should give the Saudis "a few more days" to complete their investigation into Khashoggi's case "so we can get a complete understanding" of the facts.

But Pompeo also stressed the "long strategic relationship" that the US has with Saudi Arabia, and described the country as an "important counter-terrorism supporter".

Meanwhile, some of the strongest circumstantial evidence yet linking Prince Mohammed to Khashoggi's presumed torture and murder emerged on Thursday. He has not been seen since he stepped inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2.