Saudi Operative Seen Wearing Jamal Khashoggi's Clothes After Killing

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Khashoggi's remains have yet to be found as pressure mounts on the Saudi government to clarify the circumstances of the dissident, vocal al-Saud critic and Washington Post journalist's death.

In an interview with Fox News, Saudi Foreign Minister Abel Al-Jubeir said that this was a "rogue operation".

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.

On Saturday, the Saudi authorities said that Khashoggi died in the course of a "fight" with agents who were trying to interrogate him in the legation.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel told reporters in Berlin on Sunday that she supports a freeze on arms exports to Saudi Arabia.

Turkish officials have been leaking a steady drip feed of details from the investigation to journalists but they have yet to release a key audio recording which sources say exists from inside the Saudi consulate.

CCTV images uncovered by American press show a man dressed as the dead journalist leaving the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, and walking around the city on October 2.

A Saudi friend of Khashoggi told The Associated Press that Khashoggi's son, Salah, has been under a travel ban since past year as a result of his father's criticism of the kingdom.

A leading Republican US senator said he believed the crown prince was behind the killing, adding that the Saudis had lost credibility in their explanations of his death.

Stephen Gethins of the SNP, who organised the letter, said: "What outrages does the Saudi government have to commit before the United Kingdom government says "enough is enough"?"

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Britain, Germany and France have issued a joint statement condemning the killing of writer Jamal Khashoggi, saying there is an "urgent need for clarification of exactly what happened".

The footage, which is part of the Turkish government's investigation, shows a man, identified as Mustafa al-Madani, who was allegedly part of the team sent to kill Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate while he was there for a scheduled meeting to get papers for his wedding.

There was no immediate comment from the White House, which has emphasized Saudi Arabia's status as a key US ally.

Mr Jubeir said the Saudis offered its condolences to Mr Khashoggi's family.

The employee said the prosecutors asked them whether something "extraordinary" happened on October 2 in the consulate or if they saw Khashoggi and 15 other Saudis, how long they were employed in the consulate, where they are from and the working hours of the staff. He also said Prince Mohammed was not responsible.

After weeks of denying knowledge of Khashoggi's whereabouts, Riyadh admitted that he had been killed in the consulate.

President Donald Trump says he needs to learn more about the killing of a Saudi journalist and will be working with Congress on the USA response.

Trump said: "We'd like to find out where it is and what happened. Then Prince Mohammed contacted Khashoggi by phone and tried to convince him to return to Riyadh", the report alleges.

But analysts say even if Beijing is hoping to move closer to the Middle East kingdom in the event of sanctions being applied, ties between Washington and Riyadh remain strong - and China's role in the region would be limited.

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