Saudi account of Khashoggi death credible

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Amid the ongoing investigation, Saudi authorities also announced the detention of 18 suspects in the case.

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

Khashoggi's death directed a wave of condemnation against Prince Salman with US President saying he might consider sanctions against the Middle Eastern nation over the disappearance.

"The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia expresses deep regret at the painful developments that have taken place in this case and affirms the commitment of the authorities in the Kingdom to bring the facts to the attention of the public and to hold accountable all those involved", the Saudi statement read. "You don't get much closer" to bin Salman, a source told CBS News' Kylie Atwood.

Al-Qahtani then worked as an adviser to the deputy chief of the royal court, before becoming adviser to the court in 2012. CBS News reported earlier Friday that Saudi officials were considering blaming al-Assiri.

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Turkish investigators had concluded days ago that Khashoggi, a contributing columnist to The Washington Post was killed and dismembered by a Saudi team dispatched to Istanbul.

An official familiar with the Saudi operation said: 'There were no orders for them to kill him or even specifically kidnap him.

The announcement could ease strains with the USA and Turkey but leaves lingering questions about the extent of Prince Mohammed's role in and knowledge of the incident.

In a statement on Friday night, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the U.S. will closely follow global investigations into Mr Khashoggi's death and will advocate for justice that is "timely, transparent and in accordance with all due process".

"The brawl led to Khashoggi's death and their attempt to hide and cover what had happened", the Saudi Gazette reported, citing the state Saudi Press Agency (SPA).

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"Sometimes I feel that ... he wants to enjoy the fruits of first-world modernity and Silicon Valley and cinemas and everything, but at the same time he wants also to rule like how his grandfather ruled Saudi Arabia", Khashoggi told Newsweek. "Even if Khashoggi died because of an altercation, that's no excuse for his murder", Menendez tweeted. But he has not been officially connected to the incident. Khashoggi, a contributor to the Washington Post newspaper, had been living in the United States since 2017.

Hadid said an independent investigation ordered by U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres would be necessary to avoid a "Saudi whitewash" of circumstances surrounding the killing or any attempts by other governments to "sweep the issue under the carpet to preserve lucrative arms deals and other business ties with Riyadh".

"Is it the "Trump effect" that made Prince Mohammad bin Salman feel empowered to this impulsive behavior in foreign policy?"

"I'm not calling for the overthrow of the regime, because I know it's not possible and is too risky, and there is no one to overthrow the regime", Khashoggi said.

Egypt has not yet released another comment following Saudi Arabia's latest statement.

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