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Turkish Leader: 'Savage' Murder Can't Go Unpunished

President Donald Trump on Tuesday bashed the Saudi operation that ended with Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi killed "one of the worst cover-ups" in some of his strongest condemnation yet of what took place in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey.

"There should have never been an execution or a cover-up, because it should have never happened", Trump told reporters.

"He was pretty rough on Saudi Arabia, I would say".

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It has said Mr Khashoggi died in a "fist fight" at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on 2 October.

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman arrives to attend the second day of the Future Investment Initiative conference, in Riyadh. Erdogan, during the course of his speech, did not mention the name of Saudi Arabia's crown prince Mohammed bin Salman and instead referred only to the Saudi king.

But the president appeared more open on Tuesday to punishing the Saudi government, telling reporters in the Oval Office he would consider jeopardizing military sales if the Saudi government was officially behind the killing.

Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau also said it was "very difficult" to drop an arms deal with Riyadh worth billions of dollars.

Saudi Finance Minister Mohammed al-Jadaan met the chief executive of HSBC's global banking and markets' unit and the deputy chairman of Japan's biggest lender MUFG to discuss investment opportunities, the ministry said in Twitter posts. On Monday, Mr. Trump said he isn't satisfied with what he's heard from the Saudis.

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Turkish President Tayipp Erdogan is shedding light on his government's probe into the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. (PA) US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo meets with the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

He said there had been good co-operation with Turkey, adding: "A lot of people are trying to seize this painful situation to create a rift between Saudi Arabia and Turkey".

Trump reiterating that he does not want to scrap the Dollars 110 billion mega arms deal with Saudi Arabia and the total investment of USD450 billion from that country, but did not rule out not taking any action against the Saudis.

Saudi Arabia's powerful crown prince has called the killing of Jamal Khashoggi a "heinous crime that can not be justified". "We are determined to punish those who are responsible for this murder". "To cover up such savagery would hurt the human conscience".

King Salman chaired a cabinet meeting on Tuesday, after which a statement said that Saudi Arabia would hold to account those responsible for the killing, whoever they might be.

"When I last spoke to Jamal in May, he complained about the increasing use of travel bans, describing them as the "favourite form of punishment" used by MBS against families of critics", Morris tweeted.

Here is, according to Erdogan, how the murder plot unfolded leading up to and including the day of the murder.

President Trump called Saudi Arabia's handling of the explanation of Khashoggi's death the "worst cover-up ever," and his administration has revoked the visas of some Saudi officials implicated in the killing.

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