Saudi Arabia rejects threats to undermine Kingdom

A closed-circuit TV image of Jamal Khashoggi entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul Turkey

A closed-circuit TV image of Jamal Khashoggi entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul Turkey

Saudis accused of ordering the murder of dissent reporter Jamal Khashoggi.

In a piece for the New York Times on Saturday, Hatice Cengiz, Khashoggi's fiancee, has said "condemnation" alone was not good enough if the journalist had been murdered.

Journalists report from outside the Saudi Arabia's consulate in Istanbul, Sunday, Oct. 14, 2018. However, the newspaper did not explain how the alleged recording was transmitted and included a claim that Khashoggi's assailants used his finger to unlock it when such watches don't have fingerprint ID scanners.

An Apple Watch can record audio and can sync that later with an iPhone over a Bluetooth connection.

Turkish officials have not answered queries from The Associated Press about Khashoggi's Apple Watch.

Turkish officials believe Khashoggi, a sharp critic of the Saudi Arabian government, was killed last week inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. Other countries have also threatened sharp reactions to possible killing of Khashoggi by Saudi Arabia with the latest instance being remarks by Britain's opposition Labour Party, which announced that it would stop selling arms to Saudi Arabia if it was in government. Writer Jamal Khashoggi, vanished after he walked into the consulate on October 2. It echoes how Russian Federation has described the men who allegedly carried out the Novichok nerve agent poisonings in Salisbury, England, in March.

Early on Saturday, the state-run Saudi Press Agency published a statement from Saudi Interior Minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Saud again denying the kingdom's involvement.

Sanders has criticized U.S. support for the Saudi-led coalition's military effort in Yemen and pushed for a vote earlier this year along with Utah Republican Sen. The kingdom's government and people are "as glorious and steadfast as ever", it said.

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Jamal Khashoggi may have recorded his torture, murder - Turkish paper Sabah
Saudi Arabia's embassy in Washington later tweeted to "clarify" Riyadh's earlier statement. But he has not made any final determination in this regard, he said.

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Earlier, the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee's top senators penned a letter to Trump pressing him to consider imposing sanctions "with respect to any foreign person responsible for such a violation related to Mr. Khashoggi". But Trump has said he does not want to halt a proposed $110 billion arms sale to Saudi Arabia because, he maintained, it would harm US manufacturers.

Trump declared Friday the U.S. would uncover the truth about what happened to Khashoggi.

Media captionCCTV footage shows missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

I read the Saudi statement in response to the American proposals regarding sanctions on Saudi Arabia. No details of the conversation were released.

The Saudis have said the allegation is "baseless", but have provided no proof that Khashoggi left the diplomatic outpost alive after arriving to pick up documents for his impending marriage. "From the standpoint of jobs, economic development, a lot of other reasons, I would like to do something where we could maybe look at other things [than canceling the deal]".

Asked Friday if it was a mistake for Kushner to develop such close relationships with the Saudis, the president said no, and the United States has close relationships with many countries - but this is a serious problem.

"There needs to be a credible investigation to establish the truth about what happened - and if relevant - to identify those bearing responsibility for the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi, and ensure they are held to account", said Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, and German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas.

Mr Trump said: "They are ordering military equipment".

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