Trump says 'rogue killers' may be behind Khashoggi disappearance

Trump says Saudi king denies knowledge of missing journalist

Search begins for missing journalist at Saudi consulate

President Trump's suggestion that "rogue killers" may be responsible for Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi's disappearance suggests he may let Saudi Arabia off the hook for another violation, said Sarah Leah Whitson of Human Rights Watch.

Saudi officials arrived in Turkey on Friday after the two governments agreed to a joint investigation into the case, with Saudi officials granting Turkish investigator access to the consulate building, Reuters reported.

Turkish officials have said they fear a Saudi hit team killed and dismembered Khashoggi, who wrote critically of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

President Donald Trump told reporters Monday that he was aware of the report but did not know if it was correct.

The unexplained disappearance from the Saudi embassy in Istanbul of prominent Saudi journalist and dissident Jamal Khashoggi remained in the headlines as Saudi King Salman ordered an internal probe into the case.

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

Over the weekend Trump had promised "severe punishment" if it turned out the journalist, a USA resident and Washington Post columnist, had been killed.

Last week, an anonymous Turkish official alleged that 15 Saudi operatives had flown into the country, bringing with them a doctor and a bone saw with which to dismember Khashoggi's body and smuggle it out of the consulate building.

Manchester United did not comment on Monday night about reports that Saudi Arabia is interested in buying the club.

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While it would be nice to think that Trump has suddenly realized the value of calmly awaiting information and assessing evidence, the reality unfortunately is quite different. "We're going to get to the bottom of it, and there will be severe punishment" if the Turkish claims are true.

"Turkey has not been our ally lately", Lieberman said.

Turkish officials have said they believe he was killed, a claim Saudi Arabia denies.

Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman and his kingdom have invested heavily in Silicon Valley, but numerous leaders in the tech community have recently backed out of a high-profile conference in Saudi Arabia called the Future Investment Initiative.

"If they don't buy it from us, they're going to buy it from Russian Federation or they're going to buy it from China or they're going to buy it from other countries", Trump said at a news conference on Saturday.

Meanwhile, more major players in worldwide finance and industry are pulling out of a high-profile business conference in Saudi Arabia. A spokesman for JPMorgan confirmed chief executive Jamie Dimon will no longer attend, but declined to say why.

World markets turned tail again on Monday, as a bounceback in oil prices and rising tensions between Western powers and Saudi Arabia added to a cocktail of concerns that battered global stocks last week.

Saudi Arabia's Public Investment Fund (PIF), which hosts the conference, has tentatively committed $20 billion to an infrastructure investment planned with Blackstone Group.

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