Turkish police search van that allegedly carried Khashoggi's body

Muriel Colon
October 19, 2018

The official told The Associated Press that police have established that two vehicles belonging to the consulate left the building on October 2 - the day Khashoggi had walked into the consulate and vanished.

"Our relationship with Saudi is a strategic relationship as well".

From the campaign trail, Corey A. Stewart, a Republican senatorial candidate from Virginia, told a radio host Thursday that "Khashoggi was not a good guy himself".

USA intelligence officials have mounting circumstantial evidence of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's involvement in the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, The New York Times reports.

It says reports on Mr Khashoggi's death are "completely false and baseless" and that it is "open to co-operation" to find out what happened.

The Foreign Minister of the Netherlands, Stef Blok, said he was pulling out because "the disappearance of Khashoggi is a very serious matter".

Stephen Colbert kicked off Thursday's Late Show with a family-friendly joke about Special Counsel Robert Mueller's reported post-election report on President Trump and Russian Federation, and Sting's tantric. prowess - followed by a Gen-X-friendly joke about Ferris Bueller's Day Off.

President Donald Trump, who has reaped millions from Saudi royal family members staying at his hotels and resorts, has been reluctant to condemn Saudi leaders for Khashoggi's disappearance, saying they must be presumed innocent. "It's bad, bad stuff".

A day earlier, Pompeo refused to answer questions on the issue. Turkish officials and media outlets citing unidentified sources allege that the 59-year-old Washington Post contributor was murdered inside the consulate.

Asked on Thursday if he believed Khashoggi is dead, Trump replied: 'It certainly looks that way to me.

"Until the full truth about Mr. Khashoggi is disclosed, US businesses should shun the Saudi regime and Congress should block all military sales", it added. The official added Pompeo had warned him that it would be "very hard for you to be a credible king" without a credible investigation. He said Saudi officials, including the crown prince and his father King Salman, had promised a transparent probe.

Pompeo briefed the president at the White House after a trip to Saudi Arabia and Turkey.

The Saudis had hoped to use the forum, billed as "Davos in the Desert", to boost their global image. The Saudis had hoped to use the forum, billed as "Davos in the Desert" to boost their global image, but a number of European finance ministers and many top business executives have pulled out as worldwide pressure on Riyadh has intensified over Khashoggi.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was sent to Riyadh on Tuesday, according to the administration, to press the Saudi leadership to get to the bottom of the case.

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