Jamal Khashoggi's body was 'dissolved', claims Erdoğan adviser

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A Turkish presidential adviser and friend of slain Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi says his body was cut up and dissolved in acid for easier disposal, the Turkish newspaper Hurriyet reported Friday.

Turkey has alleged a team sent from Saudi Arabia killed Khashoggi, whose Washington Post columns were frequently critical of powerful Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, inside its Istanbul consulate.

U.S. secretary of state Mike Pompeo has said it may take "a handful more weeks" before Washington has enough evidence to impose sanctions on individuals responsible for the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

In an op-ed in The Washington Post this morning, Erdogan says: "we must reveal the identities of the puppet masters behind Khashoggi's killing".

Saudi officials first denied involvement, but they have since changed their stories multiple times.

Meanwhile, reports quote Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman as telling the U.S. he considered murdered journalist Jamal Khashoggi to be a unsafe Islamist.

The fiancee of murdered Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi called Friday for President Donald Trump to back Turkey's efforts to investigate his death and recover his body.

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Officials in the Trump administration have discussed proposals like urging King Salman, the 82-year-old father of the crown prince, to appoint a strong prime minister or other senior official to help oversee day-to-day governance or foreign policy, according to three officials familiar with the deliberations.

WASHINGTON, Nov 1 - Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Thursday it would be a "handful more weeks" before the United States had enough evidence to impose sanctions in response to the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. He entered the consulate to sort out documents for his marriage. She contended that the Trump administration has "taken a position that is devoid of moral foundation" because of fears of "upsetting deals or economic ties".

Earlier, the United States called for a swift cessation of hostilities in Yemen, where a Saudi-led coalition has been fighting rebels supported by its arch-enemy Iran.

Prince Turki reiterated that the Kingdom is committed to bringing to justice those responsible for Khashoggi's murder "and whoever else failed to uphold the law". Saudi public prosecutor Saud al-Mojeb offered a different explanation last week when he said the killing was premeditated.

Khashoggi disappeared shortly after entering the consulate October 2 to obtain documents for his planned marriage, with Saudi officials giving shifting explanations for his death.

A Saudi official on Wednesday denied the allegations that the crown prince made any such comments, the Post reported, saying "routine calls do exist from time to time".

In her article, Cengiz noted that the one-month anniversary of Khashoggi's death fell on the UN's International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists.

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