Saudi Arabia Admits Journalist is Dead, Expresses 'Deep Regret'

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Journalist Jamal Khashoggi died as a result of a physical altercation inside the kingdom's consulate in Istanbul, Saudi Arabian official media reported on Friday.

US President Donald Trump said Friday that he found credible Saudi Arabia's assertion that dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi died as a result of a fight.

The White House has issued a statement acknowledging the Saudis' announcement regarding the fate of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi and offered condolences to his family, fiancée, and friends.

"I just want to be clear for our viewers, we do not have that reporting", CNN's Poppy Harlow said.

The Colorado lawmaker, who serves on the House Armed Services Committee, urged Trump to immediately recall the acting U.S. ambassador from Saudi Arabia. "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", said White House spokesperson Sarah Sanders.

That's significant because, also according to CNN, this General is the person who was in charge of the 15-man team who went to the consulate to meet Khashoggi. "The Secretary-General stresses the need for a prompt, thorough and transparent investigation into the circumstances of Mr Khashoggi's death and full accountability for those responsible".

Castro later said on Twitter he "did not intend to accuse [Kushner] of orchestrating anything", yet noted the number of stories about the close relationship between the president's son-in-law and the Saudi crown prince.

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Last Thursday, Oct. 11, the king dispatched his most trusted aide, Prince Khaled al-Faisal, governor of Mecca, to Istanbul to try to defuse the crisis... Five top officials have been fired and 18 Saudi nationals detained as suspects in the death, according to a Saudi state TV broadcast.

Saudi Arabia's King Salman removed a key royal adviser and a senior intelligence official after the kingdom's public prosecutor said an initial probe showed that Khashoggi was killed at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. Since his disappearance, the kingdom had rejected Turkish fears he was killed and dismembered there as "baseless", but growing worldwide pressure and comments by US officials up to President Donald Trump appears to have forced the kingdom to acknowledge the slaying.

"They must have thought they could somehow get away with it because the Trump administration wouldn't hold them to account", Sawers said.

The president of the United States, who has long referred to journalists as enemies of the people, celebrated an act of violence against a reporter on USA soil - to cheers and laughter from his supporters.

Meanwhile, Turkey widened the investigation into the disappearance of Khashoggi after his visit to the Saudi consulate, searching a forest in the city.

Turkish sources have told Reuters the authorities have an audio recording purportedly documenting Khashoggi's murder inside the consulate.

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