Trump accuses Saudi Arabia of lying on Khashoggis death

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Worldwide outrage over Khashoggi's October 2 slaying at the hands of Saudi officials, under still-disputed circumstances, has marked the greatest crisis in the 33-year-old's rapid rise, already tarnished by a catastrophic war in Yemen and a sweeping roundup of Saudi businessmen and activists.

On Friday, during a roundtable in Arizona, asked if he believed whether the Saudi explanation that Khashoggi was killed during a "fistfight" with more than a dozen agents was credible, he said: "I do. I do".

If 3 million bpd of oil supplies disappear in 2019, we can not cover this volume, we have to use oil reserves. "We are determined to punish those who are responsible for this murder".

"The individuals who did this did this outside the scope of their authority", he added.

The Saudi Arabian government now says Washington Post contributor Jamal Khashoggi died in a "fist fight" in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey.

He also said that they did not know where the body was, and insisted the action was not ordered by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, seen as Saudi Arabia's most influential figure.

"Even the senior leadership over intelligence service was not aware of this", al-Jubeir said.

As of now, 18 Saudi suspects have been taken into custody in connection with the incident and two senior Saudi officials fired.

What has been the global reaction?

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The king has the authority to change the line of succession - as he did when he appointed his son crown prince in the first place, upending the previous royal consensus.

Britain joined forces with France and Germany yesterday with a joint statement condemning the killing of journalists as unacceptable.

Forty-five years ago, Saudi Arabia joined other OPEC nations in an oil embargo over the 1973 Mideast war in retaliation for American military support for Israel.

Kuwait praised King Salman for his handling of the case, while Egypt, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates have been among those reflecting similar praise.

"We seek justice and this will be revealed in all its naked truth, not through some ordinary steps but in all its naked truth", Erdogan said on Sunday, according to the semiofficial Anadolu news agency.

Where is the investigation now?

He told Fox News in an interview that Khashoggi was approached by a "Saudi security team" when he entered the consulate and their account of what happened after that differed from that of Turkish officials, which prompted the Saudis to investigate.

"I am not satisfied until we find the answer", Trump said Saturday. His body was then rolled in a rug and given to a local "co-operator" to dispose of.

But after a Turkish media report claiming Khashoggi's Apple Watch may have captured gruesome audio of him being tortured, drugged, killed and later dismembered, the Saudi government finally admitted the journalist was dead. He initially said he believed the Saudi account.

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