Saudi Arabia denies allegations regarding murder of Khashoggi: interior minister

A US-made F-15 fighter jet flown by the Royal Saudi Air Force

A US-made F-15 fighter jet flown by the Royal Saudi Air Force

Trump pledged unspecified "severe punishment" in a "60 Minutes" interview airing Sunday should the USA determine Saudi involvement in the disappearance of Khashoggi, who had written columns critical of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Defending freedom of expression and a free press and ensuring the protection of journalists are key priorities for Germany, the United Kingdom and France.

Stocks have dropped as much as 9 percent since Khashoggi disappeared on 2 October after walking into the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. The event is meant to showcase Prince Mohammed bin Salman's modernisation plan for the desert kingdom.

So far, administration officials have also expressed reluctance to canceling participation in Saudi Arabia's signature economic forum, the Future Investment Initiative.

Turkey has yet to publish any evidence of him being slain, though surveillance footage around the consulate shows a convoy of vehicles with diplomatic license plates leaving the Saudi Consulate for the consul's home in Istanbul a little under two hours after Khashoggi's arrival.

The US president issued his firmest statement yet over the disappearance of Washington Post contributor Jamal Khashoggi.

Threatening to impose economic sanctions and repeating "false accusations" will not undermine the country's standing, said the statement on Saudi Arabia's official press agency, which quoted an "official source".

Khashoggi, a Saudi-born writer who contributed to the Washington Post, was highly critical of the crown prince's government and has been living in self-imposed exile in the United States for a year because of fears he would be arrested in a crackdown on dissidents.

The disappearance of Khashoggi has put the spotlight on the close relationship which Trump's family has nurtured with the Saudi kingdom.

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McConnell returned the compliment on stage and told the president to continue nominating judges and 'we'll keep confirming them'. He did, however, raise the possibility of " severe punishment " for the regime in a recent interview with "60 Minutes".

"The Saudi economy has vital and influential roles for the global economy", the source told SPA.

Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn, of Texas, said "it's premature" to say whether Congress would move to block arm sales to the Saudis, saying "we just need to make sure we know what the facts are before deciding how to act".

This begs the question: just why is the US government involved in arms sales?

More than 20 Republican and Democratic senators instructed Trump last week to order an investigation into Khashoggi's disappearance under legislation that authorizes sanctions for perpetrators of extrajudicial killings, torture or other gross human rights violations.

"Since Saudi arms are being used to ravage Yemen and they are apparently complicit in the disappearance of Mr. Khashoggi, I can not support President Trump's proposed arms sale", Durbin said.

There has been no official reaction in the Arab world to the possible murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Turkey.

Turkish authorities say a team of Saudis killed Khashoggi, and U.S. intelligence intercepts show Saudi officials discussing an operation to lure Khashoggi - a Saudi citizen who had been living in the USA - back to Saudi Arabia from his home in Virginia and detain him.

A Gulf banker said the Khashoggi case, combined with other events, had become a significant factor for some potential investors in Saudi Arabia and that her bank was receiving many queries from foreign clients on how to interpret it.

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