Gerard Butler explains why he canceled Saudi Arabia trip amid Khashoggi's disappearance

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo meets Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in Riyadh

Turkish officials believe Khashoggi was killed and dismembered inside the consulate.

"Given there seems to be clear evidence that Mr Khashoggi entered the consulate and has never been seen since, the onus is on the Saudi authorities to reveal what happened to him from that point onwards", she added.

Overnight, Turkish police completed a search of the consulate after being admitted by Saudi authorities.

The investigators, who eventually searched the premises for eight hours, took samples with them, including soil from the consulate garden, according to an official at the scene.

Khashoggi's fiancee Hatice Cengiz, who was waiting outside the consulate the day he disappeared, tweeted a Koranic verse warning those who kill on objective, with the hashtag "Jamal is the Martyr of the Word". He was last seen on surveillance footage entering the main entrance of the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul.

The New York Times said Prince Mohammed had approved an interrogation or abduction of Khashoggi and the government would shield him by blaming an intelligence official.

The president has sent US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to meet Saudi King Salman in a case that has strained White House ties with the Saudis.

Mohammad Bin Salman is the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, and ostensibly the member of the Royal Family with whom the Trump administration enjoys the closest relationship. The king greeted Pompeo by saying: "I hope you are comfortable here". Trump himself said without offering evidence that Khashoggi could have been murdered by "rogue killers", offering the US-allied kingdom a possible path out of a global diplomatic firestorm.

Following his writing ban, Khashoggi left the kingdom, joining the Washington Post as a columnist and living between the USA capital and Istanbul.

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Remarks Khashoggi made a year ago at the Washington Institute think tank about the Saudi government's relationship with the Trump administration appear behind the veteran journalist's fallout with the royal court.

Turkey has wanted to search the consulate for days.

The chief executive of Clariant, which has Saudi Basic Industries Corp (SABIC) as its anchor shareholder, said rising tensions about Khashoggi could hit the Swiss speciality chemicals maker.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions said "serious evaluation" was being given to whether US law enforcement officials would aid in the investigation of Khashoggi's disappearance.

The US secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, has arrived in Saudi Arabia for talks with King Salman over the disappearance of the journalist Jamal Khashoggi, as reports emerged that Riyadh was poised to acknowledge that Khashoggi was killed in its consulate in Istanbul.

Actor Gerard Butler said on Monday he canceled an upcoming trip to Saudi Arabia to promote a new film because it felt like an "incredibly insensitive" time to visit amid activist Jamal Khashoggi's disappearance. Saudi officials previously have called the allegations "baseless", but reports in US media on Tuesday suggested the kingdom may acknowledge the writer was killed there.

Police planned a second search at the Saudi consul general's home, as well as some of the country's diplomatic vehicles, Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said.

Reports suggest an assault and struggle took place in the consulate after Mr Khashoggi went to get paperwork for his forthcoming marriage. The Turkish official would not comment on the disposal method for the body.

"Just spoke to the King of Saudi Arabia who denies any knowledge of whatever may have happened "to our Saudi Arabian citizen", Trump tweeted.

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