Trump defends Saudi arms sales amid fury over missing writer

Canada concerned over reports Saudi journalist killed - The Jakarta Post

Canada concerned over reports Saudi journalist killed - The Jakarta Post

Later on Tuesday, the Washington Post reported that US intelligence had intercepted communications of Saudi officials discussing a plan to capture Khashoggi, citing a source familiar with the situation.

A Sunni power, Saudi Arabia is also annoyed by Ankara's rapprochement with the kingdom's Shiite archrival, Iran.

The dissident Saudi journalist went missing October 2, shortly after he entered the consulate to obtain paperwork related to his upcoming wedding.

After three hours of waiting, Cengiz was told that Khashoggi had already left but she says "there's no proof that he came out".

After several of his friends were arrested, his column was cancelled by the al-Hayat newspaper and he was allegedly warned to stop tweeting, Mr Khashoggi left Saudi Arabia for the USA, from where he wrote opinion pieces for the Washington Post and continued to appear on Arab and Western TV channels.

Turan Kislakci, a friend of Khashoggi and the head of the Turkish-Arab Media Association, said that Turkish officials said the journalist has been brutally murdered.

"We wouldn't normally broadcast an off-air conversation, but we've decided to make an exception, in light of the current circumstances", the British broadcaster said in a note published with the recording.

The Saudis claim Khashoggi left the consulate unharmed, but also says their security cameras that could have captured the alleged exit weren't working. There were no details about when the search would take place.

Further reports said that a group of 15 Saudis entered the consulate on the same day as Khashoggi and soon left the country, and that Khashoggi had been dismembered and smuggled out of Turkey in small boxes. "It's not possible for us to stay silent regarding an incident like this", Erdogan said.

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Protestors hold pictures of missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi during a demonstration in front of the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul, on October 8, 2018.

"I have to find out what happened", Mr Trump added.

He said they were made in NY, but gave no details about who was involved.

The Saudi request to cooperate with Turkey, which was announced by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's top adviser Thursday, was a possible sign that the Saudi leadership may be searching for an exit from the crisis as it faces growing global pressure to explain Khashoggi's fate.

Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) tweeted, "I pray Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi is alive". Trump later told Fox News at Night that "it would not be a good thing at all" if Saudi involvement was proven.

Britain is a close ally and trade partner of Saudi Arabia.

On Sunday, Turkish President Erdogan said that it was very saddening that Khashoggi disappeared in Turkey.

Turkey has summoned the Saudi ambassador to request the kingdom's "full cooperation" in an investigation into the disappearance of Khashoggi, a Washington Post contributor who wrote articles critical of the Kingdom's ruling elite. Erdogan said, according to Hurriyet daily. Turkish authorities have said he was killed by members of an elite Saudi "assassination squad", an allegation the Saudi government has dismissed.

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