USA knew of Saudi plan to seize missing journalist, newspaper claims

Iranian-Saudi detente could transform the region and US power is there to prevent

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"We can't let this happen".

Twenty-two senators wrote to Trump invoking the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act, which requires the president to open an investigation and determine whether sanctions should be imposed.

"The free world deserves answers", Mr. Pence said.

A total of 25 to 30 professional and non-professional journalists are now believed to be detained in Saudi Arabia, which is ranked 169th out of 180 countries in RSF's 2018 World Press Freedom Index, the organisation also said.

Pence did not indicate that either Turkey, which has launched an intensive investigation into Khashoggi's disappearance, or Saudi Arabia has sought US assistance. The video later shows some of the men leaving a hotel near the Saudi consulate and Khashoggi entering the consulate. "We will continue to monitor this situation and provide updates as available", White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said in a statement.

And we're in contact with her now, and we want to bring her to the White House.

Khashoggi's fiancée asked Trump and first lady Melania Trump to "help shed light" on his disappearance, writing in a column Wednesday in The Washington Post that she remains confident he is still alive while acknowledging "my hope slowly fades away each passing day". Trying to stay calm, I immediately called Yasin Aktay, an adviser to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and one of Jamal's oldest friends.

Middle East Eye reported one of the suspects was head of the forensic department in Saudi General Security.

Riyadh has said Khashoggi left the consulate after his visit.

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A Turkish security source had previously told Reuters that the 15 Saudis, including some officials, left Turkey later the same day.

Wednesday's Turkish media reports were the most detailed accounts yet of what they say is the Turkish government's investigation into Khashoggi's disappearance.

Khashoggi, who had been living in self-imposed exile for the past year, vanished on October 2, after he entered the consulate to obtain a document.

Corker said that he had warned the kingdom that its political support in the Senate is "the lowest ever" and that if Saudi officials are responsible for Kashoggi's disappearance, "this would drop it off a cliff".

"And so to me it feels very much like some nefarious activity has occurred by them", Corker added, according to The Beast.

Trump heaped praise on Prince Mohammed when he made a three-week visit to the USA last March, saying the Saudi king had made a "very wise decision" in choosing the prince to succeed him.

Sabah newspaper published the names and years of birth of the 15 Saudis it said arrived at Istanbul's Ataturk airport.

Twelve of them arrived early on Tuesday, based on photos captured at passport control which were published.

A former USA intelligence official - who, like others, spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss the sensitive matter - noted that the details of the operation, which involved sending two teams totaling 15 men, in two private aircraft arriving and departing Turkey at different times, bore the hallmarks of a "rendition", in which someone is extralegally removed from one country and deposited for interrogation in another.

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