Jamal Khashoggi: Saudi royals offer condolences to family of slain journalist

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.

Global 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. Why were 18 people arrested? "All of this needs to be explained in all its details", Erdogan said.

A senior Turkish official told the network that the man, Mustafa al-Madani, was brought to Istanbul to act as a body double for the dissident journalist, who entered the consulate on October 2 to get papers for his upcoming wedding.

Turkish officials said a 15-member Saudi team flew to Istanbul, waited for Khashoggi at the consulate before killing and dismembering the 59-year-old writer.

He said the Saudis did not know how Khashoggi, a Saudi national and USA resident, had been killed or where his body was.

Anadolu news agency reported that the decision was made by the Istanbul governor's office Sunday, citing an anonymous security official.

TRT also published photographs showing Khashoggi entering the consulate wearing what appeared to be a black jacket, light gray short and gray trousers.

In an interview with Fox News, Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir referred to Khashoggi's reported death as "murder" for the first time.

"This was an operation where individuals ended up exceeding the authorities and responsibilities they had". "There obviously was a tremendous mistake made and what compounded the mistake was the attempt to try to cover up".

"The threatening, attacking or killing of journalists, under any circumstances, is unacceptable and of utmost concern to our three nations".

Investigators hunting for Khashoggi's body have tracked two Saudi Arabian consulate vehicles to separate locations outside the city centre.

But if they let Saudi Arabia off the hook, it would leave Trump, once again, up against Merkel, amid already strained transatlantic ties.

In its latest version, the government conceded that Khashoggi was killed by mistake in its Istanbul consulate but this only sparked more calls for a complete and transparent investigation, coupled with the threat of sanctions.

Germany and Saudi Arabia only returned their ambassadors in September after 10 months of frosty relations following criticism from Berlin of what it said was Saudi interference in Lebanese affairs.

He also urged Turkey to turn over purported audio recordings of Khashoggi's killing inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

While the claim has not been verified by officials in public, Turkish authorities have consistently leaked details of the investigation to pro-government media outlets and their reports have been largely accurate.

"We can feel their pain and we wish this didn't happen and I wish that this could have been avoided", he said.

The American senators argue that in Saudi Arabia, things of high magnitude can not be done without clearance from the top.

"We are determined to find out all the facts and we are determined to punish those who are responsible for this murder", he said.

Senior Republicans and Democrats proposed a range of severe punishments, including sanctions on the longtime US ally, the expulsion of the Saudi ambassador and the cutting of arms sales.

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