Saudi considers admitting Khashoggi died in botched op

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Both reports cited anonymous people said to be familiar with the Saudi plans.

The warning from the world's top oil exporter came after a turbulent day on the Saudi stock exchange, which plunged as much as 7 percent at one point. "The report is intended, per CNN, to absolve the Saudi government of responsibility for the murder by claiming the operation was not cleared", the new report said.

The journalist disappeared after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on 2 October, but the USA president said it sounded like neither the king nor Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman had knowledge of the incident. Turkish officials say they believe he was murdered there and his body removed, in a case that has provoked an global outcry.

Journalist work in front of the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, Turkey.

The disappearance in Turkey earlier this month of a Saudi journalist critical of Riyadh has provoked an worldwide outcry against the oil-rich kingdom, which has rattled its financial markets.

While organisers said Monday the conference will go on, the Saudis cancelled an annual diplomatic reception in Washington set for later this week.

Aldakhil pointed out that due the economic muscle of Saudi Arabia, which is the destination of ten per cent of the weapons manufactured in the U.S. and is one of the top 20 economies, Riyadh will have as many as 30 different options "without flinching an eye if sanctions are imposed on it".

Turkish officials believe Mr Khashoggi was murdered by Saudi agents but Riyadh has always strongly denied this. They provided no further details.

It was the first time they had been allowed to enter the building since the journalist's disappearance following disagreements between the two sides over the terms of any search.

"The king has ordered the public prosecutor to open an internal investigation into the Khashoggi matter based on the information from the joint team in Istanbul", an official quoted by Reuters news agency said. On Monday morning, President Trump offered a hand, telling reporters that, after speaking with King Salman about Khashoggi's death, "It sounded to me like maybe these could have been rogue killers - who knows". But then, if they cared about such realities, the USA would have cut off support to the Saudi war in Yemen years ago.

Trump called Khashoggi's disappearance a "terrible situation". He may go on to Turkey.

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Official said someone from another county was using an aerial mapping app, noticed the distress message and contacted authorities. In downtown Marianna, Florida, the facades of historic buildings lay in pieces on the ground across from the courthouse.

Turkey's investigation into the disappearance of Khashoggi has reportedly revealed recordings made on his Apple Watch, which synced with his iPhone being carried outside the consulate by Khashoggi's fiancée.

Jamal Khashoggi, a well-known journalist and critic of the Saudi government, has not been seen since he attended Saudi Arabia's consulate in Istanbul last week.

"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", the Turkish official said.

However, he told CBS News on Saturday that the U.S. was investigating the case which he called "really awful and disgusting" and that "there will be severe punishment".

The controversy has troubled Saudi's traditional Western allies - who are key arms suppliers to the kingdom - and also undermined efforts by Mohamed bin Salman to present himself as a modernising ruler.

The search lasted more than eight hours and investigators removed samples from the building, including soil from the consulate garden and a metal door, one official said.

Freeland responded by saying she expressed Canada's "deep concerns" over Khashoggi's disappearance in a call with her Saudi counterpart.

Its currency, the riyal, rebounded early on Tuesday after falling to its lowest in two years over fears that foreign investment could shrink amid worldwide pressure.

MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan nudged up 0.25 percent, crawling away from a 19-month trough touched on Thursday.

Mr Trump has said Saudi Arabia could face "severe punishment" if it was proven it was involved in Khashoggi's disappearance.

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