Published: Thu, October 11, 2018
Business | By Eloise Houston

Missing journalist's fiancée 'in a state of deep confusion and sadness'

Missing journalist's fiancée 'in a state of deep confusion and sadness'

Critics have accused the White House of being slow to react to Jamal Khashoggi's disappearance and hesitant to criticize the Saudi government, a close partner of the Trump administration. CNN has not been able to independently confirm these reports, and the Saudi government has denied them.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo also spoke with the crown prince "to reiterate the United States request for information", Sanders said.

But in his first extensive remarks about Khashoggi's case, Trump warned it is "a very sad situation".

The letter to Mr. Trump was also signed by Sens.

Iran was exporting between 2.5 and 2.7 million bpd in April before the USA announced the return of sanctions.

He had apparently drawn the wrath of the Saudi government, which has become an ever-closer US ally under President Donald Trump.

She wrote that she was "confident in the abilities of Turkish government officials".

Meanwhile, the New York Times reported more harrowing details, based on a source who explained that the planned murder was "a quick and complex operation in which Mr. Khashoggi was killed within two hours of his arrival at the consulate by a team of Saudi agents, who dismembered his body with a bone saw they brought for the objective".

The Saudi government said Khashoggi left the consulate unharmed, but his fiancee, who was waiting outside, said he never appeared.

Pence did not indicate that either Turkey, which has launched an intensive investigation into Khashoggi's disappearance, or Saudi Arabia has sought USA assistance. Asked if he thought Khashoggi was dead, he answered, "I hope he's not". Frankly, because it's a reporter, you could say in many respects, it brings it to a level.

DUBAI - Iran's Oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh has dismissed claims by the Saudi crown prince that Saudi Arabia can replace sanctions-hit Iranian oil in the market as "nonsense".

The release of the photographs and video raises pressure on Saudi Arabia after Khashoggi disappeared October 2 during a visit to the consulate.

Angry lawmakers likely won't cause the administration to turn away from Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Turkish officials believe the critic of the Saudi regime was killed in the consulate, and have published images of an alleged "assassination squad" and movements around the building at the time of Mr Khashoggi's disappearance.

The Post's CEO and Publisher Fred Ryan said, however, that evidence thus far has "suggested [Khashoggi] was a victim of state-sponsored, cold-blooded murder".

A contributor to The Washington Post, Khashoggi has not been seen since Tuesday last week, when he entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, to collect papers for his upcoming wedding.

She called on Trump to "help shed light" on the journalist's disappearance.

RSF also released a report on Wednesday that found that at least 15 Saudi journalists and bloggers have been arrested over the past year.

The Sabah newspaper, which is close to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, identified the team members, including several alleged security officials, and published photos of each of them, apparently taken at passport control. An hour and 54 minutes later, according to the time stamp, a black Mercedes Vito with diplomatic license plates, which resembled a van parked outside of the consulate when the writer walked in, drives some 2 kilometres to the consul's home, where it parks inside a garage.

Jamal Khashoggi was killed on the orders of Saudi leadership, Turkish officials revealed to the New York Times.

"Silence, denials and delays are not acceptable".

"We knew of Jamal's interest in building platforms to promote the discussion of issues that he is passionate about, notably freedom and democracy in the Middle East", he told the Daily Beast.

Turkey's Foreign Ministry said Tuesday authorities would search the Saudi consulate, but there have been no details about when such a search would take place.

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