Mnuchin defends decision to attend Saudi Arabia summit amid crisis

Jamal Khashoggi is seen at a news conference in the Bahraini capital Manama in December 2014

Jamal Khashoggi is seen at a news conference in the Bahraini capital Manama in December 2014

In the days after Khashoggi went missing, Saudi officials had repeatedly denied any knowledge of his whereabouts and said he had left the consulate.

A Scottish Government spokeswoman said: "We share the widespread global concern following the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi, and in light of those concerns Scottish Development worldwide will not be proceeding with this particular appointment". "So, what we would rather do is support the investigation, find out what happened".

Relations between Canada and Saudi Arabia have been tense in recent months.

A member of security staff holds a thermos at the entrance of Saudi Arabia's consulate in Istanbul, Turkey Oct 16, 2018.

"Would financial sanctions be considered sufficient as to have sent a message to Saudi Arabia that this will never happen again?"

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"The Turks have been talking more to the media than they have us", Corker said of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ally.

Trump has largely sided with the Saudi government, appearing to accept their initial explanations that they did not kill Khashoggi, and then stating he believed the fistfight story was "credible".

However, lawmakers from both sides of the aisle on Capitol Hill expressed skepticism over Saudi Arabia's professed explanation for Khashoggi's disappearance.

Reuters cited a Saudi government official on Sunday who said the journalist died after being put in a chokehold. "The information available about events in the Istanbul consulate is inadequate".

The Yemeni government said in a statement the findings of the Saudi probe "reflect the continuous and serious follow-up by the Saudi institutions", according to the official Saba news agency.

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"The Saudis very clearly seem to be buying time and buying cover, but this action raises more questions than it answers", the Connecticut Democrat told CNN's Wolf Blitzer on "The Situation Room" Friday night.

The CEO of Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group's banking arm will not attend the Future Investment Initiative conference in Saudi Arabia, the group said on Sunday, joining a growing list of business executives to withdraw over concern about the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan - who has remained largely silent, even as Turkey's pro-Government media reported gruesome allegations about how Khashoggi was killed - said he would reveal "necessary details" about the case later in the week.

"We continue to seek justice, this is not an ordinary case".

Turkish officials suspect the body of Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist and critic of powerful Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, was cut up but the Saudi official said it was rolled up in a rug and given to a "local cooperator" for disposal. "These things have to be told in detail", he said, referring to Riyadh's announcement on Saturday that 18 people had been arrested in connection with the incident.

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Several human rights organizations, including Amnesty International and the Committee to Protect Journalists, have called for the investigate Khashoggi's death. The existence of such evidence has been reported in Turkish media in a series of leaks, though Turkish officials have yet to confirm they have recordings.

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