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Saudi Arabia admits critic Khashoggi killed in Istanbul consulate

RIYADH:  Saudi Arabia on Saturday admitted that critic Jamal Khashoggi was killed during a "brawl" inside its Istanbul consulate, an explanation that President Donald Trump said he found credible but failed to convince top US lawmakers. The kingdom announced the arrest of 18 Saudis in connection with their probe and the sacking of two top officials linked to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman who has faced mounting pressure over the journalist's disappearance. Khashoggi, a critic of the Islamic petro-state's powerful…

Saudi king checks son’s power as Khashoggi crisis grows: sources

DUBAI: So grave is the fallout from the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi that King Salman has felt compelled to intervene, five sources with links to the Saudi royal family said. Last Thursday, Oct. 11, the king dispatched his most trusted aide, Prince Khaled al-Faisal, governor of Mecca, to Istanbul to try to defuse the crisis. World leaders were demanding an explanation and concern was growing in parts of the royal court that the king’s son Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, to whom he has delegated…

Trump says it ‘certainly looks’ like journalist Khashoggi is dead

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump said on Thursday it “certainly looks” US-based Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi is dead. “It certainly looks that way to me,” Trump told reporters at Andrews Air Force Base when asked if Khashoggi was dead. “It’s very sad.” Earlier, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the US will give Saudi Arabia "a few more days" to work on its probe into the suspected murder of journalist. Pompeo told journalists the Saudis assured him "they will conduct a complete, thorough investigation…