Turkey seeks arrest of Saudi officials over Khashoggi killing

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The United Nations human rights chief on Wednesday called for an worldwide investigation.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis toed the administration's conciliatory line when they said last week that no "smoking gun" implicating bin Salman has yet emerged.

"We have reached a breaking point where the president seems to prioritize geopolitics - the impact that Saudi Arabia can have as a swing oil producer and its impact on global energy prices - versus preserving an worldwide system that values freedom and speech".

Khashoggi, a USA resident since 2017, was killed during his visit to the consulate to obtain marriage-related paperwork on October 2.

At the same time, Turkey outraged by the killing on its soil claimed to have an audio tape of the killing and CCTV footages that in reality, Khashoggi was brutally murdered and the Kingdom preplanned it, which contradicted the Saudi account of an accidental killing. King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman vigorously deny any knowledge of the planning or execution of the murder of Mr. Khashoggi.

Graham said he would not vote for the Yemen resolution.

The handful of prominent Republicans who openly broke with the administration over Khashoggi's killing on Tuesday after receiving a briefing by Central Intelligence Agency director Gina Haspel, included South Carolina Sen.

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The Saudi government went into damage control mode, with a spokesperson for the Saudi Embassy, Fatimah Baeshen, saying the kingdom maintains its "steadfast" commitment to the US-Saudi relationship and does "categorically reject" accusations linking the prince to the killing.

But Trump and some of his fellow Republicans have argued that Washington should not take action that would risk its relationship with Riyadh, which is viewed as an important counterweight to Iran in the Middle East. "Now the question is how do you separate the Saudi crown prince and his group from the nation itself?"

Erdogan has said that solving the Khashoggi killing would also be in the interest of the Saudi monarchy. Finally, Saudi Arabia accepted late last month that the killing was premeditated.

The move came after a nieghbourhood advisory panel voted to rename the street in honour of slain Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi but their vote was rejected by the local council. Among those sanctioned were Qahtani, who was formerly a top aide to the crown prince.

But Asiri, the former deputy head of foreign intelligence, was not on the sanctions list.

The chief prosecutor's office in Istanbul filed an application on Tuesday to obtain the warrants for Ahmad al-Assiri and Saud al-Qahtani, described in court documents as being "among the planners" of Khashoggi's grisly killing.

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