Saudi considers admitting Khashoggi died in botched operation

US Finance Minister Steven Mnuchin taking an ear piece out during a joint press conference with German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble in Berlin Germany 16 March 2017

US Finance Minister Steven Mnuchin taking an ear piece out during a joint press conference with German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble in Berlin Germany 16 March 2017

The heads of JPMorgan Chase and the asset management giants BlackRock and Blackstone Group dropped out of the conference amid reports that Saudi agents killed dissident journalist and Washington Post contributor Jamal Khashoggi. The network cited two anonymous sources, one of whom cautioned the report could change.

The Washington Times said Trump, just hours earlier, had reported talking with the Saudi king, who, he said, denied his government's involvement.

Still, he said, the revenue from sales to Saudi Arabia "pales in comparison to the USA military".

"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.

Khashoggi has written extensively for the Post about Saudi Arabia, criticizing its war in Yemen, its recent diplomatic spat with Canada and its arrest of women's rights activists after the lifting of a ban on women driving.

Mr Khashoggi has not been seen since he entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul over a week ago after apparently giving his fiancee his iPhone, which the watch was synced with.

"It has been 13 days since the event, so surely proving some of the evidence might be hard, but we believe we will obtain evidence", the Turkish official said.

Saudi Arabia's ambitious Vision 2030 project - the brainchild of the kingdom's de facto ruler, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman - is heavily dependent on overseas investment.

The United States and Saudi Arabia are now discussing the measures that can be taken if it turns out journalist Jamal Khashoggi was killed by Saudi agents while visiting the country's consulate in Istanbul earlier this month.

"The king firmly denied any knowledge of it", Trump told reporters as he left the White House for a trip to survey hurricane damage in Florida and Georgia.

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"Saudi Arabia is the biggest economy of the region, and the current reform plans rely on opening it further to private investment", said Karen Young, a political economist who studies the Gulf states. "Secretary Mnuchin should immediately cancel his upcoming trip to Saudi Arabia and after a two year delay, the Trump Administration should finally nominate a U.S. Ambassador to Saudi Arabia".

The Saudis have insisted that Khashoggi, who would have been 60 on Saturday, left the building...

He told CBS: "We're going to get to the bottom of it".

The Saudi Gazette trumpeted: "Enough Is Enough", while the Arab News said: "Saudi Arabia "will not be bullied".

Literally minutes after Saudi authorities said Turkish investigators could enter the consulate-a cleaning team arrived and entered the building.

Saudi Arabia's King Salman is reported to have ordered a probe into the case.

The case has provoked an worldwide outcry against Saudi Arabia, the world's top oil exporter, with more media and business executives pulling out of a planned investment conference there this month.

Permission apparently came after a late Sunday night call between King Salman and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

The meeting is on, even though several officials and media companies have pulled out of the conference due to the Khashoggi's disappearance.

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