UK, France, Germany Call For Probe Into Missing Saudi Journalist Jamal Khashoggi

Members of Human Rights Association hold portraits of missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi during a demonstration in front of the Saudi consulate in Istanbul

Khashoggi, a USA resident and Washington Post columnist critical of Riyadh's policies, disappeared on October 2 after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

"Since Saudi arms are being used to ravage Yemen and they are apparently complicit in the disappearance of Mr. Khashoggi, I can not support President Trump's proposed arms sale", Durbin said.

On Sunday, Riyadh restated its "total rejection of any threats or attempts to undermine it" through threats, sanctions, or political pressure.

The statement issued via the State-run press agency on Sunday also warned the kingdom would respond to any steps taken against it.

Turkish media have widely reported that intelligence officials believe Khashoggi was murdered and dismembered inside the consulate by a Saudi hit squad.

"You are talking about a geopolitical situation becoming even worse and Saudi Arabia is going to show its stubborn attitude again", Naeem Aslam, chief market analyst at Think Markets UK in London, told Bloomberg.

There's something really bad and disgusting about that if that were the case. "We're going to get to the bottom of it and there will be severe punishment".

In the clip CBS released ahead of Sunday's broadcast, Trump said his son-in-law Jared Kushner spoke with the crown prince, who repeatedly denied having anything to do with Khashoggi's disappearance. Could it be them?

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In protest of Khashoggi's disappearance, several US businesses leaders have pulled out of next week's Future Investment Initiative in Riyadh, dubbed "Davos in the Desert", after the annual meeting of world economic interests in Switzerland.

President Trump also said Washington will inflict "severe punishment" if Riyadh is found to be responsible for the alleged death of Khashoggi. The sales are a "tremendous order for our companies", and if the Saudis don't buy their weaponry from the US, they will get it from others, he said.

"But, again, along with the president and the general investigation, Mr. Mnuchin will make up his mind as the week progresses and as new information surfaces", Kudlow added.

When asked about a response to the disappearance of Khashoggi, Sanders suggested a major shift in the USA relationship with Saudi Arabia and pointed to his previous call for the United States to separate from the war in Yemen, which he said was "causing a disgusting humanitarian disaster".

The reports say Khashoggi turned on the sound recording capability on his device as he entered the Saudi consulate, and that the watch was connected to the iCloud and cell phone he left with his fiancee, Hatice Cengiz, before he went inside.

He claimed there are many princes in jail right now in Saudi Arabia. Benchmark Brent crude now trades above $80 a barrel and US gasoline prices have risen ahead of the midterm elections.

Germany, France and Britain are calling for a "credible investigation" to establish what happened to Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi and seek a "complete and detailed" Saudi response.

Trump defended a $110 billion arms deal he announced with Riyadh previous year, insisting that the deal was worth 450,000 jobs inside the US.

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