Journalist's disappearance: S. Arabia rejects threats (Lead, Changing Dateline)

A member of security exits the Saudi Arabia's consulate in Istanbul Oct. 12 2018

The Washington Post reported in recent days that the Turkish government informed USA officials it was in possession of video recordings that prove Khashoggi was killed inside the consulate, but have not made them public.

Turkey on Saturday stepped up pressure on Saudi Arabia by accusing the kingdom of failing to cooperate with a probe into the journalist's disappearance.

King Salman also ordered Saudi prosecutors to begin an investigation into what happened to Mr Khashoggi, according to Reuters. It is a relationship that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has worked hard to further cement under President Donald Trump, including with a high-profile visit to the United States in March.

Branson, who dropped two directorships linked to Saudi tourism projects around the Red Sea, said claims about Khashoggi's disappearance would "change the ability of any of us in the West to do business with the Saudi government".

"The Kingdom also affirms that if it receives any action, it will respond with greater action, and that the Kingdom's economy has an influential and vital role in the global economy and that the Kingdom's economy is affected only by the impact of the global economy", it added.

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The warning from the world's top oil exporter came Sunday after a turbulent day on the Saudi stock exchange, which plunged as much as 7 percent at one point. Trump said he would meet with Khashoggi's family.

The New York Times, citing an anonymous senior Turkish official, reported that the Saudi native was killed within a couple hours of entering the consulate by Saudi agents who dismembered his body, on order from the Saudi royal court. The kingdom has called the allegations "baseless", but has offered no evidence the writer ever left the consulate.

The Saudi foreign ministry said King Salman affirmed his country's "solid" relations with Turkey in the phone call with Erdogan, stressing that no one could undermine their relationship.

Aram... There's now more and more global pressure on the Saudis over the disappearance.... Saudi Arabia is leading a coalition of Gulf states in a military campaign against Iranian-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen.

Rubio tells CBS' "Face the Nation" that "we can never be a voice for human rights anywhere in the world if we allow a situation like this to go forward and us do nothing about it".

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Fairfax Media revealed a year ago Australia had approved four military exports to Saudi Arabia in the previous 12 months, even as the Gulf state stood accused of war crimes in its bombardment of Yemen.

While the Saudi statement didn't make an explicit reference to oil, analysts and traders said it could be read as a veiled threat to use its energy riches as a political tool.

"There's something really bad and disgusting about that, if that was the case, so we're going to have to see", President Trump said.

Trump has said he probably will not cancel a $110 billion arms deal with the Saudi government because that could unnecessarily harm the U.S.

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