Pompeo says Saudis committed to complete probe into journalist's disappearance

Enlarge this image

Khashoggi went to the consulate on October 2 to get documents for his upcoming marriage to a Turkish woman while his fiancee waited outside.

But it was delayed because no Saudi official was present for the joint investigation, the Turkish official added.

The Turkish inspection team included a prosecutor, a deputy prosecutor, anti-terror police and forensic experts, the state-run Anadolu news agency reported.

Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, a columnist for The Washington Post newspaper, who apparently went missing after going to the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul. Investigators said the search will take place Wednesday, according to state broadcaster TRT. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity in line with government regulations, gave no timeline for the search.

Trump previously warned of "severe punishment" for the kingdom if it was found to be involved in Khashoggi's disappearance, which has spooked investors.

Turkish authorities have already said they have audio evidence pointing to the murder.

Surveillance footage leaked in Turkish media shows vehicles moving between the consulate and the consul's home after Khashoggi's disappearance.

Mata club offers Usain Bolt contract
Sunrise host David Koch has defended his "slavery" joke about Usain Bolt - but admitted he "should have explained it better". Tony Rallis, who is working as Bolt's agent during his stint in the land down under, spoke to ESPN about the interest.

Khashoggi, 59, had been living in the USA for a year in self-imposed exile and writing columns for the opinion section of the Post.

The source confirmed that Saudi Consul General Mohammad al-Otaibi left Istanbul on Tuesday, returning to Riyadh. The king greeted Pompeo by saying: "I hope you are comfortable here".

Soon after, Pompeo arrived at a royal palace, where he thanked King Salman "for accepting my visit on behalf of President Trump" before the two went into a closed-door meeting.

Pompeo is to also meet with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Mohammed, whom Khashoggi wrote critically about in The Washington Post and whose rise in power saw the writer go into a self-imposed exile in the U.S.

Saudi officials have been in and out of the building since Khashoggi's disappearance without being stopped. He had this guy murdered in consulate in Turkey'.

"I know this: Nothing what happens in Saudi Arabia without MBS knowing it", Graham said.

Reuters reports that Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu has said Pompeo would bring information about Khashoggi's disappearance to Ankara.

Prince Harry and pregnant Meghan Markle visit Australia
Harry, dressed in navy blue suit , smiled proudly as the couple held hands on their tour through Admiralty House. Meghan Markle is pregnant, Kensington Palace announced on Monday, and will give birth next year .

Horak, who is no fan of Twitter diplomacy, said Freeland's tweet was "ill-advised" but the Saudi reaction was "way over the top".

Saudi Arabia agreed on the need for a "thorough" investigation into the Khashoggi's disappearance, a USA spokeswoman, Heather Nauert, said following a meeting between Pompeo, who is the U.S. secretary of state, and Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir.

If, as the Turkish authorities say, these men were present at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul where Khashoggi disappeared on October 2, they might provide a direct link between what happened and Mohammed bin Salman. Saudi officials previously have called the allegations "baseless", but reports in USA media on Tuesday suggested the kingdom may acknowledge the writer was killed there.

Trump sent Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to Riyadh to talk directly with Saudi Arabia's royals.

On Tuesday, G7 foreign ministers called for Saudi Arabia to conduct a "transparent" probe into the issue.

Additional reports over the past 24 hours say Saudi Arabia is debating announcing Khashoggi was killed as the result of an interrogation gone bad.

Tell us: are you being affected by extreme weather in the UK?
Calmac cancelled many of its Western Isles ferries for the entire day and advised passengers to check before travelling. It comes on top of a yellow Met Office warning for high winds and heavy rain across most of the country.

Related News:



Most liked

Portugal hit by hurricane-force winds from Hurricane Leslie
Winds sent trees crashing on to cars and pavements in the Portuguese capital and in the northern city of Porto. Hurricane Leslie had formed on 23 September but was downgraded to a tropical storm before it made landfall.

More cases of polio-like illness among children reported
EV-D68 infection most commonly results in mild symptoms such as runny nose, sneezing, cough, body aches and muscle aches. In addition to the pair of cases at CHOP, three cases are also being treated in Pittsburgh, 6ABC reported .

Saudi considers admitting Khashoggi died in botched op
Google said in a statement on Monday that Google Cloud chief executive Diane Greene will not be attending the event. The Arabic-language daily Okaz wrote a headline yesterday in English warning: "Don't Test Our Patience".

WWE Responds To Reported Dissent Amongst Talent Roster Over Crown Jewel
Khashoggi entered a Saudi Arabian consulate to pick up paperwork that would allow him to re-marry and has not been seen since. WWE's relationship with Saudi Arabia was skewered in a segment on " Last Week Tonight " on Sunday.

$85 oil opens chasm between emerging market winners and losers
Brent prices fell more than $1.83 to $81 a barrel in mid-day trading while WTI prices fell $1.54 to $71. The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries ( OPEC ) made a similar move on Thursday.

Elizabeth Warren DNA analysis points to Native American heritage
Please send the check to the National Indigenous Women's Resource Center: "http://www.niwrc.org/donate-niwrc", Warren tweeted. But as Warren mulls a presidential run in 2020, her Senate re-election campaign produced a video playing up the results.

Saudi crown prince ordered op against missing journalist
The senator called that statement "not credible" and he said it's now up to the Saudi government to clarify the situation. Investigators are also zooming in on a vehicle seen entering and leaving the building after Khashoggi went inside.

Journalist's disappearance: S. Arabia rejects threats (Lead, Changing Dateline)
King Salman also ordered Saudi prosecutors to begin an investigation into what happened to Mr Khashoggi , according to Reuters . Saudi Arabia is leading a coalition of Gulf states in a military campaign against Iranian-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen.

Snowstorm kills nine climbers on Nepal peak, Asia News & Top Stories
They were led by Kim Chang-ho (49), a veteran climber who had reached all 148,000-m Himalayan peaks without supplemental oxygen. The highest peak in the range is the Dhaulagiri I, the seventh highest mountain in the world at 26,795 feet above sea level.

Arsenal's Aaron Ramsey could still stay at the club - Arsene Wenger
Juventus have made it a habit of signing players on bargains with Emre Can joining them on a free at the start of this season. Asked whether he would stay at the club for the remainder of the campaign, he added: "Of course, yeah".

The Funeral Home Closed in April. A Letter Led to a Search
Investigators found bodies not stored properly, including at least least two that reportedly appeared to be covered in mold. A cadaver dog from Michigan State Police checked the rest of the building and did not find any more remains, police said.

Thousands to march in Chicago against Trump's 'anti-woman agenda'
Simultaneous marches were to be held in nearby cities in Republican areas of IL - outside of the Democrat-stronghold of Chicago . Garland had been nominated to the Supreme Court by President Barack Obama, but Senate Republicans never acted on the nomination.

USA pastor Andrew Brunson released from Turkish detention
USA broadcaster NBC said on Thursday that Washington had done a secret deal with Ankara to secure Brunson's release. Brunson, 50, had rejected the espionage and terror-related charges and strongly maintained his innocence.

‘More awareness needed on mental health’
Schools will also be given help to measure their students' health, including their mental wellbeing, under the plans. Yet average global spend on mental health is just 2.8 per cent of government health spending worldwide.

Reactions to Melania claiming she's the most bullied person in the world
Her comments came in the latest installment of an interview conducted while Melania Trump was on a solo trip to Africa. But when she was asked if the repeated rumors had hurt her, she paused. "It's not always correct stuff", she said.