Ghana asks United Nations to lead investigations into Khashoggi's killing

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A Turkish forensic police officer works in Saudi Arabia's consulate in Istanbul on October 15, 2018 during the investigation over missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

A top Turkish official has said he believes Jamal Khashoggi's body was dissolved in acid after being cut up.

Like other officials, Kushner said the USA would make an assessment on whether Mohammed or other Saudi officials were involved once all the facts had come to light.

Amnesty International campaigners on Friday renamed the road outside the Saudi Arabian embassy in London as "Khashoggi Street" to mark the one-month anniversary of the dissident journalist's murder in Turkey.

"According to the latest information we have, the reason they dismembered his body is to dissolve it easier".

The journalist's death and Saudi Arabia's inconsistent public statements regarding its responsibility have shocked the world.

But, the statement said, the Saudis had not answered three questions the Turkish side posed - namely, where Khashoggi's body is; whether Saudi investigators had uncovered evidence about the planning of his killing; and the identity of the reported "local collaborator".

"It'll take us probably a handful more weeks before we have enough evidence to actually put those sanctions in place, but I think we'll be able to get there", Pompeo said in an interview with a St. Louis radio station on Thursday.

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The newspaper quoted "people familiar with the calls" as saying that Netanyahu and Egyptian President Abdel Fatah al-Sissi defended bin Salman, saying his effective leadership of Saudi Arabia had important strategic implications.

Turkey's chief prosecutor said this week that Khashoggi was strangled as soon as he entered the consulate and also confirmed the body was dismembered.

Once an adviser to the Saudi royal family, Khashoggi fell out of favour with the government a year ago and went into self-imposed exile.

In addition to marking one month since Khashoggi's death, today is also the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists, as declared by the United Nations.

Within days of the mysterious disappearance Turkish officials had made anonymous leaks to the media about the killing of the journalist, a harsh critic of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. "Finally, we know that the order to kill Khashoggi came from the highest levels of the Saudi government".

UK Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt also said it was an appalling act, adding that it had "possibly" given the U.S. and the UK a chance to put new pressure on Saudi Arabia over other issues. But the Trump administration has taken a position that is devoid of moral foundation.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, whose country shares Riyadh's hostility to Iran, stressed the need for stability in Saudi Arabia as he condemned the murder.

Kaplan added that although Erdogan doesn't mention Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's (MBS) name and has always emphasized his respect and good intentions towards King Salman, the Turkish president implied in the op-ed that the crown prince is the one who gave the order. Riyadh assured that it is conducting a thorough investigation into the matter and announced that some 18 Saudi citizens had already been arrested in connection with the case.

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