Saudis to Acknowledge Columnist Khashoggi’s Death

Disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi: International pressure mounts on Saudi Arabia; Riyadh vows retaliation...

Citing two unidentified sources, CNN reported on Monday that Saudi Arabia was preparing a report that would acknowledge Khashoggi was killed as the result of an interrogation that went wrong.

The statement said the Saudi government "also affirms that if it receives any action, it will respond with greater action", noting that its economy, as the world's biggest oil exporter, "has an influential and vital role in the global economy".

"It has been 13 days since the event, so surely proving some of the evidence might be hard, but we believe we will obtain evidence", a Turkish official told Reuters. "The denial was very, very strong", Trump later told reporters at the White House. "He didn't really know - maybe, I don't really want to get into his mind, but it sounded to me like maybe these could have been rogue killers, who knows". He went into self-imposed exile in the United States following the ascension of Prince Mohammed, now next in line to succeed his father, the 82-year-old King Salman.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will travel to Riyadh today, the State Department said, adding that 'the president has called for a prompt and open investigation'. Literally minutes after Saudi authorities said Turkish investigators could enter the consulate-a cleaning team arrived and entered the building. He was joined on the plane by David Hale, the under secretary for political affairs, and Tim Lenderking, a deputy assistant secretary for Arabian Gulf affairs, among others.

Business barons including British billionaire Richard Branson and Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi, as well as media powerhouses Bloomberg and CNN, have pulled out of the Future Investment Initiative (FII).

The kingdom says the allegations are "baseless" but has offered no evidence Khashoggi ever left the consulate.

The foreign Ministers of Britain, Germany and France in a joint statement earlier in the day said that the attitude of the disappearance of journalist "with the highest seriousness", and urged a credible investigation and bring the perpetrators to justice.

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A cat sits in front of the entrance of Saudi Arabia’s consulate in Istanbul

Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist, was last seen in public when he entered the consulate on October 2 to obtain papers that would have allowed him to marry his Turkish fiancée.

Khashoggi has written extensively for the Post about Saudi Arabia, criticizing its war in Yemen, its recent diplomatic spat with Canada and its arrest of women's rights activists after the lifting of a ban on women driving. "He said that they are working closely with Turkey to find answer".

He also said Mnuchin should skip the Saudi conference.

"If they don't buy it from us, they're going to buy it from Russian Federation or they're going to buy it from China or they're going to buy it from other countries", Trump said at a news conference on Saturday.

Jamal Khashoggi, who was notoriously critical of Saudi Arabia's new Crown Prince, entered the consulate on 2 October to get documents to marry his Turkish wife - but has not been seen since.

Despite issuing a threat, Trump indicated he wouldn't cancel the $110 billion arms deal he negotiated with Saudi Arabia.

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