US defence chief condemns Khashoggi killing as Saudi foreign minister rejects 'hysteria'

Evidence indicates Khashoggi killing was premeditated – Saudi attorney general

Turkey said it believed a hit squad of Saudi nationals had travelled to Istanbul with the sole goal of killing Khashoggi, a former member of the Saudi elite who became critical of the current government's administration in his country.

Saudi Arabia has changed its story a number of times when trying to explain what happened to the Washington Post columnist who disappeared during a visit to its consulate in Istanbul to pick up paperwork he needed to remarry.

He also said that the 18 Saudis detained over the murder knew who killed Khashoggi.

Riyadh finally accepted on Thursday what Turkey had said virtually from the start - that he was killed in a premeditated hit.

"Failure of any nation to adhere to worldwide norms and the rule of law undermines regional stability at a time when it is needed most", he stressed.

The announcement came a day after the Saudi prosecutor said that based on evidence supplied by Turkey the murder appeared to have been premeditated - the first time Saudi authorities had made such an admission.

Earlier on Thursday, Saudi Arabian Prosecutor General Saud Mujib said the murder of Khashoggi, a USA resident and Saudi Arabia critic, was premeditated.

The spy chief on Thursday briefed President Donald Trump on Turkey's findings and her discussions, White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said.

World leaders, meanwhile, continue to urge the Saudi authorities to clarify the circumstances of the journalist's murder.

The Turkish government has demanded that Saudi Arabia's government disclose the whereabouts of Kashoggi's body and force his murderers to turn themselves in for trial.

Khashoggi's killing has severely damaged the heir to the throne, who many believe must at a minimum have been aware of the Saudi operation, which involved several members of his personal guard and other senior officials.

"His local network in Turkey was very good as you know, his political network as well", Cengiz said.

In her first interview since Khashoggi's death, Hatice Cengiz, 38, told Turkish television channel HaberTurk that she continually asks herself questions about that day and the events leading up to their visit to the consulate.

Saudi foreign minister Adel al-Jubeir addressed the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi at a forum in Bahrain.

"Whether or not they acted in the name of the state, that remains to be discussed and investigated", she said.

Hatice Cengiz, who is Turkish, also said in an interview on Turkish television channel HaberTurk on Friday that she continually asks herself questions about October 2, the day that Khashoggi entered the consulate and was killed by officials there.

And he made clear that the USA commitment to the region outpaces any presence by Russian Federation, which he said lacks essential moral principles.

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