Central Intelligence Agency chief hears 'compelling' audio that 'captured' Khashoggi's murder

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The US Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin also said that it "would be premature to comment on sanctions" against Saudi Arabia in the wake on the incident.

Questions remain as to where the body or body parts of the journalist are located, as Trump demands bipartisan congressional input on how to respond to Saudi Arabia.

Central Intelligence Agency director Gina Haspel is set to brief President Donald Trump on the investigation into the death of Jamal Khashoggi on Thursday, as the President increasingly expresses frustration with the Saudi response and the country's crown prince vows "justice" for the journalist's killers. "(Saudis said) "Let's give a lesson to him".

"They had a very bad original concept", Trump said. "The cover-up was disgusting".

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud is responsible for the death of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi killed in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkish presidential aide Ilnur Cevik said on Wednesday.

But amid outrage after Saudi Arabia admitted that USA -based journalist and palace critic Jamal Khashoggi was murdered inside the kingdom's Istanbul consulate, the president has sounded betrayed and taken the initial step of restricting visas to Saudis involved in the killing. "And it is painful, heinous to every human being in the world".

Discussions about the "situation" in Lebanon will reportedly be held in Saudi Arabia in the "next hours" in parallel with Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri's presence in the Kingdom, al-Joumhouria daily said on Thursday.

"I have a message for them: They will not be able to do that as long as there is a king called Salman bin Abdulaziz and a crown prince called Mohammed bin Salman in Saudi, and a president in Turkey called Erdogan", he said to applause.

"These penalties will not be the last word on this matter from the United States", Pompeo said.

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

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British Prime Minister Theresa May said its Saudi arms sales were "under review", a stance similar to that expressed by Australia.

A view of Saudi Arabia's consul general's official residence in Istanbul, Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2018.

But the heir apparent could also need to please Turkey, which has been leaking details about Khashoggi's murder. Earlier, the U.S. leader denounced Khashoggi's murder and its cover-up by the Saudi Arabia as a "total fiasco from day one".

An independent United Nations investigator says Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was the victim of an "extrajudicial execution" carried out by the Saudi state.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has stopped short of pointing the blame at the Saudi leadership for the death of the insider-turned-critic.

Speaking in Ankara, Erdogan said Turkey will "not allow the murder to be covered up" and will be transparent in sharing any evidence it uncovers.

Facing global outrage over the killing of Jamal Khashoggi, Saudi officials are now acknowledging that the journalist was targeted inside the kingdom's consulate in Turkey and a body double was on hand to aid in a coverup - the latest twist in the kingdom's evolving efforts to explain Khashoggi's death.

He did not address charges that some of his closest security aides have been implicated in the October 2 death at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul and made a particular plea that the incident would not cause a diplomatic break between Saudi Arabia and Turkey.

Merkel's office didn't elaborate on the warning in a statement Thursday following a call between the German leader and Saudi Arabia's King Salman.