Hunt for body as Saudi admits Khashoggi died in Istanbul consulate

Dem Rep Has 'Irresponsible' Theory: Jared Kushner Orchestrated Journalist's Death in Saudi Arabia Consulate

In its report, titled Saudis' Image Makers: A Troll Army and a Twitter Insider, the daily claimed that the Saudi administration is conducting operations on the social media platform Twitter to silence opposing names overseas and inside Saudi Arabia.

In a joint statement Saturday, Chancellor Angela Merkel and Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said they were "greatly saddened" by the confirmation that the Washington Post columnist was killed at Saudi Arabia's consulate in Istanbul. He added that he plans on speaking with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Asked if he accepted the Saudi statement, President Trump simply said, "I do".

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Standing outside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, the head of a media group said the "authority that gave the orders" in the killing of Khashoggi should be punished.

Turkish officials say that Khashoggi - a US resident - was killed by a 15-member Saudi hit squad after he entered the consulate on October 2.

Khashoggi's death has generated so much global attention because it represents a brazen attack on a critic of the Saudi government who was living outside Saudi Arabia and who had close ties to American media outlets. The UK Foreign Office said it was considering its next steps after hearing the report.

The Saudi government said it had fired five top officials and arrested 18 other Saudis as a result of the initial investigation.

Observers are questioning whether Saudi Arabia's Western allies will find their account of a "botched rendition" convincing - and whether it will persuade them not to take punitive action against them.

Bob Menendez, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said the USA should pursue sanctions against those Saudis involved in the journalist's death under the Sergei Magnitsky, which is named after the anti-corruption Russian accountant who died in police custody.

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Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud meets with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on October 16, 2018.

Saudi Arabia is the largest buyer of American weaponry in the world, and it inked a $110 billion weapons deal with the Trump administration in 2017. Authorities also announced the detention of 18 suspects in the case.

Khashoggi was working to battle online abuse, and had wired money just weeks before his death to another Saudi exile, who was assembling a volunteer crew to combat the government's Twitter trolls, the Times reported.

Canada's skepticism of Saudi Arabia's claims comes as other countries are expressing their doubts as well. They also contradicted assertions in Turkish media leaks that Khashoggi was tortured, killed and dismembered inside the consulate, claims the kingdom had rejected as "baseless".

United Nations chief Antonio Guterres in a statement stressed "the need for a prompt, thorough and transparent investigation" and "full accountability for those responsible".

President Donald Trump has said that the consequences for the Saudis "will have to be very severe" if they are found to have killed him, but has insisted that more facts must be known before making assumptions.

"As the Foreign Secretary has said, this was a awful act and those responsible must be held to account".

"The Saudi "explanation" for murdering journalist and Virginia resident Jamal Khashoggi in a consulate - a fistfight gone wrong - is insulting", tweeted Senator Tim Kaine, the 2016 Democratic vice presidential nominee.

Saud Qahtani, a powerful adviser to Prince Mohammed, also was sacked.

"I will remain a loyal servant to my country for all times", he wrote.

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