UK, France and Germany condemn Jamal Khashoggi killing 'in strongest possible terms'

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A joint Turkish-Saudi team completed an investigation into the case on Thursday after searching the residence of the consul general as well as the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul. "Defending freedom of the press is a key priority for Finland", the tweet read.

On Friday, the kingdom acknowledged for the first time that Khashoggi was killed inside the complex in what the government characterized as a fistfight gone off the rails.

Several Democratic members of Congress over the weekend called for Saudi Arabia to face consequences for the death, and suspected murder, of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi consultate in Istanbul on October 2. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Sunday that Ankara would reveal the full truth surrounding his death on Tuesday, after his country previously stated that the journalist was killed by a Saudi assassination squad.

"There were not people closely tied to him".

However, they said the Saudi appointment would not now go ahead.

Khashoggi was a prominent journalist with a column in the Washington Post who was critical of Saudi Arabia and its Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Turkey has said it has not shared with any country audio recordings purportedly documenting Khashoggi's murder inside the consulate, dismissing reports it passed them to Washington officials. "We will continue to closely follow the global investigations into this tragic incident and advocate for justice that is timely, transparent and in accordance with all due process", White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said.

Corker said that if the crown prince had ordered the murder, "he's now crossed the line, and there has to be a punishment and a price to pay for that".

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But EU chiefs indicated it could be extended when they met at the European Council summit this week in Brussels. May said the United Kingdom was considering extending the transition period by "a matter of months".

It added Royal court advisor Saud al-Qahtani and intelligence chief Ahmed Amiri have been saved from their positions.

The United Nations has called for an independent, global probe into the death, citing concerns with the credibility of Saudi Arabia, Turkey and the United States alike.

Earlier Friday, Turkish prosecutors questioned staff at the Saudi Consulate, state media said, suggesting attempts to strengthen a possible criminal case with insider details from the last place journalist Jamal Khashoggi was seen alive.

Jubeir also said that Riyadh wants to hold anyone responsible for Khashoggi's death to account.

It says investigations are under way, and so far 18 Saudi nationals have been arrested.

"Saudi "explanation" leaves most questions unanswered".

"I do, I do", Trump said when asked if the Saudis' explanation was credible. "We feel their pain", Jubeir said in the interview.