United States and UK ministers boycott Saudi summit amid journo's case

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Liam Fox, the global trade secretary, has pulled out of next week's "Davos in the Desert" summit in Riyadh amid allegations that Saudi Arabia murdered Jamal Khashoggi, the missing journalist.

Turkish officials say Maher Abdulaziz Mutreb flew into Istanbul on a private jet along with an "autopsy expert" October 2 and left that night.

"We should be able to get to the bottom of it fairly soon", Mr. Trump said on Thursday. But coming under pressure, he sent secretary of state Mike Pompeo to Saudi Arabia and Turkey to ascertain facts.

The state-run Anadolu Agency also quoted the minister, Mevlut Cavusoglu, as saying that Turkey would share "with the world" the results of its investigation into Khashoggi's disappearance.

In the New York Times interview, Trump also expressed confidence in intelligence reports that suggest a high-level Saudi role in the suspected killing of Khashoggi.

On Wednesday and Thursday, Turkish investigators spent nearly nine hours searching the Saudi consul's residence, before moving on to the consulate itself about 200m away, according to Reuters news agency.

The Trump White House may have too much at stake to make Saudi Arabia pay a proportionate price for the apparent murder of Jamal Khashoggi. "Saudi Arabia has not yet been able to provide any clarification".

Mutreb, who was the first secretary at the Saudi embassy in London and has been described as a colonel in Saudi intelligence, is closely connected to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

If there was any doubt as to why the Saudis might think the leadership of this country would look the other way on the atrocity they are alleged to have committed against our colleague Jamal Khashoggi, President Trump erased it Thursday night.

The potential consequences for Saudi Arabia "will have to be very severe", Trump told reporters on Thursday, before departing for Montana.

"It certainly looks that way to me", the US President told reporters at Andrews Air Force Base when asked if Khashoggi was dead.

"I'm not giving cover at all", he said, adding that he would be getting a "full report" on the affair from Pompeo by the end of the week.

The time-stamped photos showed the man outside the Saudi consulate building in Istanbul on the morning Mr Khashoggi disappeared, Sabah said. They left the consulate early October 18 after searching the building and consular vehicles, a Reuters witness said.

"Trump's getting some criticism for his bold soft-on-murder stance, but some people still have his back", Colbert said, showing a clip of televangelist Pat Robertson "downplaying Khashoggi's murder and prioritizing the financial benefit of siding with Saudi Arabia", notably when it comes to arms sales.

Critics accused the president of being weak and giving the Saudi regime a potential way out if they did sanction the murder of Mr Khashoggi.

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