Mnuchin says premature to comment on sanctions against Saudi Arabia


King Salman ordered the dismissal of five officials, including Saud al-Qahtani, a royal court adviser seen as the right-hand man to Prince Mohammed, and deputy intelligence chief Ahmed Asiri, Saudi state media reported on Saturday.

Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said in an interview that aired Sunday morning on Fox News that Paul and others were announcing conclusions before all of the facts were in.

Turkish officials, who reportedly have an audio tape of Khashoggi's death, say he was murdered in the consulate by a Saudi hit squad and dismembered under orders of the government.

Trump's comments about the Khashoggi incident in recent days have ranged from threatening Saudi Arabia with "very severe" consequences and warning of economic sanctions, to more conciliatory remarks in which he has played up the country's role as a U.S. ally against Iran and Islamist militants, as well as a major purchaser of United States arms.

US President Donald Trump accused Saudi Arabia of lying about the killing of Jamal Khashoggi, his strongest comments to date on the affair, as pressure built Sunday on the administration to identify and punish those responsible.

"It is very important that there is a full explanation that is offered, and that is something I am sure the Foreign Office is looking at as we speak", he added.

October 19: In an announcement early Saturday, Saudi Arabia's public prosecutor says preliminary investigations show an "altercation" and "fistfight" led to Khashoggi's death shortly after he arrived at the consulate.

Jubeir said the Saudis did not know how Khashoggi, a Saudi national and USA resident, had been killed or where his body was.

Mr Hunt has previously warned there would be "consequences" for the UK's relationship with Saudi Arabia if it was found the journalist was murdered.

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Meanwhile, a top British official cast doubt Sunday on Saudi Arabia's claim that Mr. Khashoggi, 59, died after a quarrel with officials inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul escalated into a fatal fist fight.

Though Twitter, after conducting its own internal investigation, could find no evidence Alzabarah gave confidential information to the Saudi government, the company fired him in late 2015.

What is Saudi Arabia's version of events?

Turkey's Anadolu agency said early on Monday that Erdogan and Trump had spoken on the telephone and agreed that "all aspects" of the case needed to be cleared up.

A bipartisan group of US lawmakers are accusing the crown prince of directing the operation.

Sheikh Abdullah concluded his statement by asking God Almighty to preserve the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, its leadership and people, and to protect them from any harm.

However, a leading U.S. Senate Republican said the Saudi explanation, which followed initial denials from the kingdom that it knew anything about Khashoggi's fate, wasn't credible.

After Saudi Arabia confirmed his death, she wrote on Twitter in Arabic: "They have taken your body from this world, but your handsome smile will stay in my world forever".