Saudi Arabia preparing to admit Jamal Khashoggi died in consulate

Riyadh threatens retaliation for 'actions' against it over missing journalist

But US media reported on Monday that the kingdom is considering an admission that Khashoggi died after an interrogation that went wrong during an intended abduction.

Trump dispatched Secretary of State Mike Pompeo for what the State Department described as "face to face meetings with the Saudi leadership" to find out what happened.

October 11: The Washington Post, which Khashoggi writes for, reports the Turkish government told US officials that it had audio and video recordings proving Khashoggi was killed inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul.

Missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi's Turkish fiancee Hatice Cengiz wait in front of the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul on October 3, 2018. It said the Saudi government, which could not be reached immediately for comment on the reports, would shield the prince by blaming an intelligence official for the bungled operation.

During the initial consulate search, CNN reported on Monday that Saudi Arabia was preparing to acknowledge Khashoggi's death in a botched interrogation, after denying for two weeks any role in his disappearance.

Khashoggi's fiancee Hatice Cengiz, who was waiting outside the consulate the day he disappeared, tweeted a Koranic verse warning those who kill on objective, with the hashtag "Jamal is the Martyr of the Word".

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They include the CEO of Uber, a company in which Saudi Arabia has invested billions of dollars; billionaire Richard Branson; JPMorgan Chase & Co.

The US president gave no evidence to support the theory.

But no one in Washington, D.C., has ever been at a cocktail party with a starving Yemeni child, and so Riyadh's offenses against such children did not threaten the U.S. -Saudi alliance. "Imposing any type of sanctions on Saudi Arabia by the West will cause the kingdom to resort to other options", he said. Lindsey O. Graham (S.C.) going so far as to refer to a "game-changer" in U.S. -Saudi relations.

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump with Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud, second from right, at the inauguration ceremony of the Global Center for Combating Extremist Ideology in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, May 21, 2017.

Saudi Arabia had earlier denied killing Khashoggi and denounced such assertions as "lies", saying he left the building shortly after entering. Those intercepts were shared with senators in classified materials last week, making it impossible to suppress them.

For the Trump administration, Khashoggi's case risks top foreign-policy priorities.

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Idris also said Saudi rulers were conducting "a horrendous war" against the poverty-stricken people in Yemen which had seen schools and hospitals bombed.

While most oil analysts have attributed the sharp rise of premium crude prices since April to over $80 a barrel at least in part to the loss of Iranian exports, the USA special envoy for Iran, Brian Hook, told reporters in Paris on October 15 that the market is doing fine with less Iranian oil.

Riyadh, however, has vowed to hit back against any punitive measures imposed over the affair.

"Pelosi also cited Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin's planned trip to a financial conference in Riyadh, despite many having pulled out, and added, "[Trump's] relationship with Saudi Arabia is something".

Prince Mohammed has aggressively pitched the kingdom as a destination for foreign investment. The columnist is one of the best-known news-media personalities in the kingdom and has been a confidant to several previous kings and princes.

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