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Pressure grows on Saudi Arabia

Pressure grows on Saudi Arabia

Investors around the world have pulled $1.1bn in funds from Saudi Arabia over the last week and the pain is unlikely to stop anytime soon as the diplomatic dispute over the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi heats up.

In yet another case, Manal al-Sharif, a Saudi woman activist exiled in Australia, said she had narrowly escaped the kingdom's dragnet in September previous year when government officials sought to lure her to a Saudi embassy. "I expect that a speedy, open and credible investigation into the circumstances around the death be carried out, and that everyone involved be held accountable for this crime".

Turkish and Saudi authorities have been investigating the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who went missing after entering the consulate on October 2.

Meanwhile, the national and global press members continue to wait in front of the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul to receive further information about the killing of the Saudi journalist.

In its latest version, the government conceded that Khashoggi was killed by mistake in its Istanbul consulate but this only sparked more calls for a complete and transparent investigation, coupled with the threat of sanctions.

A pro-government Turkish newspaper is reporting that a member of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's entourage made four calls to the royal's office from the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul the day Jamal Khashoggi was killed.

Saudi Arabia's Attorney General confirmed that preliminary investigations indicate that the journalist died inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul after a brawl within the premises.

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Asked by a reporter whether he thought Saudi Arabia's explanation for Khashoggi's death was credible, Trump said, "I do".

New Zealand Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters and Minister for Trade and Export Growth David Parker in a joint statement on Sunday said: "The New Zealand government continues to condemn in the strongest possible terms the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi by Saudi operatives".

After Saudi Arabia confirmed his death, she wrote on Twitter in Arabic: "They have taken your body from this world, but your lovely smile will stay in my world forever".

"They were saying "it will only take one hour, just come with us to the embassy", Abdulaziz, who had published derisive comments about the Saudi leadership, said in a video posted on Twitter. Once he was inside, the Saudis accosted Khashoggi, cut off his fingers, killed and dismembered the 59-year-old writer, according to Turkish media reports. "This was an operation where individuals ended up exceeding the authorities and responsibilities they had", Jubeir said on Fox. "That is unacceptable to the government".

The crown prince has "now crossed a line and there has to be a punishment and a price paid for that", Corker said.

"The government is in agreement that we will not approve further arms exports for the moment because we want to know what happened", he told the broadcast ZDF. Germany is the fourth-biggest exporter of weapons to Saudi Arabia, behind the US, Britain and France.

The Saudis have said Khashoggi was killed in a "fist-fight" at its consulate, having previously insisted that he had left the building.

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