Trump nominates retired army general as USA ambassador to Saudi Arabia

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Turkish intelligence officers have told U.S. officials they believe Mutreb was speaking to one of the prince's aides, it reported.

Mr Trump has threatened consequences for Saudi Arabia after Riyadh's public prosecutor admitted he had been killed in a premeditated rogue operation at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul last month.

'We played the recordings regarding this murder to everyone who wanted them from us.

The U.S. official's takeaways from the audio recordings, which are allegedly from inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul where Khashoggi was killed on October 2, are contrary to other reports. Asked if the audio links Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to the killing, Bolton said: "That's not the conclusion I think that the people who heard it have come to, and that's certainly not the position of the Saudi government".

The Turkish Government allowed US CIA Director Gina Haspel to listen to the audio recording of events that took place inside the consulate and to the telephone conversations that took place between the team and Saudi Arabia, a senior Turkish official said.

The release of the X-ray images reinforces Turkish officials' beliefs that the murder was planned and orchestrated from the Saudi capital Riyadh, rather than being an interrogation gone wrong as Saudi Arabia has previously claimed.

Jamal Khashoggi, a Saudi journalist and Washington Times contributor, was last seen entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2. "We are waiting patiently", Erdogan said, adding that the perpetrators of the killing were among 18 suspects detained in Saudi Arabia. "When the Saudi intelligence agent listened, he was shocked and said this could only be done by someone who got heroin".

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'It must be revealed who gave them the order to murder'.

Amid a USA souring on the heir apparent, the United States has also curbed cooperation and demanded a halt to the Saudi-led military campaign against rebels in Yemen that has contributed to a humanitarian crisis believed to be the worst in the world.

He also supervised the brief detention, humiliation and beating of Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri past year.

"The head of the investigation unit at the Daily Sabah, Nazif Kerman, emphasised that Khashoggi was strangled by a bag placed on his head, according to sound recordings seized by the Turkish authorities". Reuters could not immediately verify the Sabah report.

Khashoggi's killing has provoked global outrage but little concrete action by world powers against Saudi Arabia, the world's largest oil exporter and a supporter of Washington's plans to contain Iranian influence across the Middle East.

They include the killing itself and conversations before the operation which Turkey subsequently uncovered, the sources said.

Erdogan has said the order to murder Khashoggi came from "the highest levels" of the Saudi government and he pointedly failed to absolve Crown Prince Salman of responsibility.