Man linked to Saudi prince at consulate when writer vanished

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"The UK remains very concerned about Jamal Khashoggi's disappearance".

Turkish officials have said they believe Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist who was critical of the authoritarian kingdom's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, was murdered inside the consulate.

Karen Attiah, the Global Opinions editor at The Post, wrote a note at the top of Khashoggi's newest article.

"No, I will not be going", Le Maire told Public Senat TV.

"This is the last piece of his I will edit for The [Washington] Post".

An official close to the investigation told DW's Julia Hahn that there was proof the journalist "was killed" and that findings "match the evidence at the Saudi consulate" which was searched by investigators earlier this week.

Turkish officials claim he was killed and dismembered in the consulate by a hit squad which arrived from Riyadh - claims denied by the Saudi government.

He emphasized that the allegedly gruesome murder of Khashoggi inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul can not go unanswered by the United States.

Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was tortured before being decapitated inside Riyadh's consulate in Istanbul, the progovernment daily paper Yeni Safak reported on Wednesday, saying it had heard audio recordings of the incident.

Mr Khashoggi, an outspoken critic of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, vanished after entering the consulate to obtain documents relating to his upcoming wedding to fiancee Hatice Cengiz.

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Khashoggi also praised the Washington Post for its translation of his columns into Arabic, but ultimately, he argued what is most needed is an independent speech platform for ordinary Arab people.

In the column, the Saudi journalist argued in favor of a free press in the Middle East. Trump has resisted any action, pointing to huge USA weapons deals pending with Saudi Arabia and saying that sanctions could end up hurting the American economy.

"This column perfectly captures his commitment and passion for freedom in the Arab world".

Saudi Arabia, which initially called the allegations "baseless", has not responded to repeated requests for comment from The Associated Press over recent days, including on Thursday.

The president said he would get a "full report" from Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on the diplomat's return from meetings with Saudi and Turkish leaders and that he'd then know the truth.

"It is 500,000 jobs, it will be ultimately $110 billion, it's the biggest order in the history of our country from an outside military, and I said we are gonna turn that down?" he added.

Pompeo told reporters on his way back to Washington that the United States needs "to know the facts before we can begin to formulate what the appropriate response" would be if Saudi Arabia is responsible for Khashoggi's disappearance.

The Turkish leaks implicating Saudi officials in the Khashoggi case have followed a distinctive pattern, beginning quickly after his disappearance.

New reporting overnight could escalate a diplomatic crisis between the U.S. and Saudi Arabia.

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