Jamal Khashoggi: Britain challenges Saudi Arabia

A man enters the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul on Wednesday

Turkey believes journalist killed in Saudi consulate

The timestamped picture has a Turkish caption bearing Mr Khashoggi's name and that he was arriving at the consulate, but the man in shot has his back to the camera.

While the Turkish authorities seem confident in their assessment that Khashoggi was indeed murdered, the USA administration, while exercising abundant discretion and caution, has said that they are monitoring the developments in Turkey and are yet, not in a position to confirm the death.

Turkey said on Tuesday it planned to search Saudi Arabia's consulate in Istanbul, where Khashoggi vanished last week after entering the building to request paperwork.

Aktay went on to say Turkish authorities believe a group of 15 Saudi nationals were "most certainly involved" in the journalist's disappearance.

She said Mr Khashoggi had been required to surrender his mobile phone, which is standard practice in some diplomatic missions.

The mainstream is rightly starting to focus on the repressive history of the Saudi de facto leader, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, but is not emphasizing that he is also responsible for the armed onslaught against neighboring Yemen, which has killed tens of thousands of civilians, maybe more, and triggered the largest cholera epidemic in human history. Those policies are all seen as initiatives of the crown prince, who has also presided over a roundup of activists and businessmen.

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"I don't like hearing about it", President Donald Trump said of Khashoggi's disappearance on Monday.

President Trump has said he'll talk to Saudi Arabian officials about the missing journalist at some point.

The agreement came after Turkey's strongman leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan demanded that the Saudis prove that Khashoggi left the consulate alive. It said Saudi Arabia sent a team of investigators to help look into the case.

"We call for cooperation between Turkey and Saudi Arabia to conduct a prompt and impartial investigation into the circumstances of Mr Khashoggi's disappearance and to make the findings public", United Nations human rights spokeswoman Ravina Shamdasani told a Geneva news briefing. There are some pretty bad stories going around.

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said last week that Riyadh was "ready to welcome the Turkish government to go and search our premises", because it had "nothing to hide" about the missing journalist, 59-year-old Jamal Khashoggi.

Calls for clarity from the global community mounted on Monday, with Britain and France seeking explanations from Riyadh.

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In March, the State Department approved a $670 million arms sale to Saudi Arabia, part of a promised $110 billion in deals touted by Trump after his first presidential trip to the Saudi capital past year. Erdogan asked. "Don't you have cameras and other things? The consulate officials can not save themselves by simply saying "he has left", Erdogan told a news conference in Budapest, where he is on an official visit. Why don't you prove it?

Turkish officials summoned the Saudi ambassador for the second time on Sunday, telling the envoy it expected "full cooperation" in its investigation.

In his first remarks about the disappearance, President Trump told reporters Monday afternoon that he was concerned. "Saudi Arabia wasn't always this repressive".

Still, Khashoggi's disappearance gives Democrats in particular an opportunity to shine the spotlight on Trump's good rapport with authoritarian leaders.

"If media reports from the weekend regarding Mr Khashoggi's case prove correct, that would be extremely concerning and the UK will treat the incident very seriously - friendships depend on shared values", a spokesperson for the UK Foreign Office said.

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