China stays silent over killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi

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Saudi Arabia finally admitted Friday that its agents killed Khashoggi after he entered the consulate on October 2, but is denying that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman or King Salman were involved.

"WAN-IFRA calls on the Turkish authorities to urgently provide proof of its claims of Saudi state involvement in the murder of Mr. Khashoggi, as well as increased global pressure for a full, verifiable accounting from the Saudi monarchy as to the events leading up to his death", the statement read.

Saudi Arabia's foreign minister denied in an interview with Fox News on Sunday that the nation's powerful young crown prince Mohammed bin Salman had ordered Jamal Khashoggi's killing.

Amid an worldwide outcry over the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi and calls for the United States and Europe to impose sanctions on Saudi Arabia, China has remained conspicuously silent.

Mr Khashoggi's death was the "latest in a litany of charges that have been laid before the Saudi regime by the worldwide community", they said.

It said the investigations had "revealed that the discussions that took place between [Khashoggi] and the persons who met the Saudi consulate in Istanbul led to a brawl and a fist fight".

German Chancellor Angela Merkel says she backs a freeze on arms exports to Saudi Arabia following the killing of writer Jamal Khashoggi.

In a speech on Sunday, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan appeared to suggest he was getting ready to release some information about the Turkish investigation, and would do so at his weekly speech on Tuesday to members of his ruling AK Party.

Indonesia's president is "deeply concerned" about the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul and wants a transparent investigation.

Khashoggi's son thanked the king and the crown prince, the report added.

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Saudi Arabia said on Saturday that Khashoggi was involved in "a physical confrontation, which resulted in his death".

Turkish media reports and officials maintain that a 15-member Saudi team flew to Istanbul on Oct 2, knowing Khashoggi would arrive for a document he needed to get married.

Saudi Arabia is also Germany's second-largest weapons customer. "So we have to use oil reserves", he said.

The kingdom's claim on Saturday that Khashoggi died in a "fistfight" were met with worldwide scepticism and allegations of a cover-up to absolve the 33-year-old crown prince of direct responsibility. He also said Prince Mohammed was not responsible.

That's according to statements published early Monday by the state-run Saudi Press Agency.

Istanbul police found the diplomatic vehicle that was seen outside the Saudi consulate the day Jamal Khashoggi was killed in the city's Sultangazi district.

It added 18 Saudis were arrested in connection with his death and two top aides of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, as well as three other intelligence agents, were fired. We are determined to find out all the facts.

Turkish authorities believe Khashoggi's killers held him down while his fingers were hacked off and then injected him with a lethal drug before carrying him into another room where he was hoisted onto a conference table and dismembered.

Last week, a total of 23 consulate employees had also spoken to the prosecutors.