Saudi state media confirms Khashoggi died in Istanbul consulate

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"The United States acknowledges the announcement from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia that its investigation into the fate of Jamal Khashoggi is progressing and that it has taken action against the suspects it has identified thus far", Sanders said.

The country has carried out its own investigation into what happened to the 59-year-old at its own consulate in Istanbul, Turkey and claimed Friday evening he died following an altercation on October 2. He also said he thought third parties were involved in the death.

The Australian government has decided it is "no longer appropriate" to attend a summit in Saudi Arabia in light of the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

The state media also reported that two high-ranking Saudi officials have been fired by King Salman, including Maj.

Saudi Arabia also noted that the suspect tried "to hide what happened and to cover it up".

Turkish officials have released footage of a squad of Saudi men arriving in Istanbul the day Jamal Khashoggi vanished. Beyond its statements attributed to anonymous officials, Saudi Arabia offered no evidence to support its claims.

Graham has been one of the fiercest critics of Saudi Arabia on the Hill amid Khashoggi's disappearance and has warned he would pursue sanctions against the Kingdom while calling for Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman - who reports allege is responsible for a plot to kill Khashoggi - to step down.

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The admission - after persistent claims by the Saudi authorities that Khashoggi had left the consulate alive - came following the threat of U.S. sanctions.

Trump's son-in-law Kushner joined the family, including his wife Ivanka Trump, and First Lady Melania Trump on a trip to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia previous year.

Preliminary investigations revealed that a meeting between Khashoggi and a few others at the consulate led to a "quarrel and a brawl with".

The vague statement has not explained exactly how he died, but the suspects then apparently tried to cover it up.

The agreement saw the U.S. guarantee military protection for the kingdom in return for privileged access to oil reserves, which were discovered in enormous quantities in the 1930s.

"The reporting that Jared Kushner may have, with US intelligence, delivered a hit list, an enemies list, to the crown prince, to MBS, in Saudi Arabia and that the prince may have acted on that, and one of the people he took action against is Mr. Khashoggi".

When asked Friday in Arizona if he found the new information about Khashoggi credible, Trump responded: "I do".

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The announcement marks the first time that Saudi officials have acknowledged that Kashoggi was killed inside the consulate.

Prior to his promotion as the deputy head of general intelligence in 2017, Assiri served as the spokesman for the Saudi-led military alliance in Yemen which has been battling Huthi rebels since March 2015.

A key counsellor to Prince Mohammed, Qahtani was a media advisor in the royal court.

Amid global outcry over Khashoggi's brutal murder, the Saudi public prosecutor said 18 nationals had been detained in connection to the probe.

The gist of the explanation that emerged in a late-night flurry of statements via state-run media had been widely trailed - as much by President Donald Trump, who had quickly suggested "rogue killers" were to blame, as anyone else.

British foreign minister Jeremy Hunt said on Friday allegations regarding Khashoggi would be totally unacceptable if true but any response by Britain would be "considered".

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