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Saudi Arabia on Sunday denied reports that Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who went missing earlier this week, was killed at the country's consulate in Istanbul, as reported by several global media.

Turkey's state-run news agency, quoting police, says 15 Saudi nationals arrived in Istanbul on two planes and were inside the consulate building when Khashoggi went missing. He left the country previous year for the United States fearing retribution from the kingdom which has recently witnessed widespread crackdown on dissent. We look at the media and see various reports that make us think about it.

Protesters hold pictures of Saudi Journalist Jamal Khashoggi during a demonstration organized by Turkish-Arabic Media Association.

Khashoggi's fiancee could not immediately be contacted but she said in a Tweet that there had been no official confirmation of the Turkish sources' statements.

The sources did not say how they believed the killing was carried out.

"I assure you that the reports that suggest that Jamal Khashoggi went missing in the Consulate in Istanbul or that the Kingdom's authorities have detained him or killed him are absolutely false, and baseless", it notes.

Saudi Arabia's consul in Istanbul opened his mission to Reuters on Saturday in an effort to show that Khashoggi was not on the premises.

A former government adviser who has been critical of some policies of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Riyadh's intervention in the war in Yemen, Mr Khashoggi has lived in self-imposed exile in the United States since past year to avoid possible arrest.

While the Turkish authorities seem confident in their assessment that Khashoggi was indeed murdered, the USA administration, while exercising abundant discretion and caution, has said that they are monitoring the developments in Turkey and are yet, not in a position to confirm the death.

The prince said the Saudis were "very keen to know what happened to him", saying his understanding was that Mr Khashoggi left "after a few minutes or one hour".

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Turkey on Monday said it expects "full cooperation" from Saudi authorities to locate the missing journalist. "We never experienced this", he said.

Relations between Canada and Saudi Arabia have been tense in recent months.

"Jamal has many friends in Saudi Arabia, and I am one of them", he said in a statement, saying the two had kept in touch while he was living overseas "despite differences".

That harshness corresponds with the growing concerns internationally about the direction Saudi Arabia is taking under Prince Mohammed and his father.

Repeating Trump's expression of "concern", Pompeo, who had just returned from a trip to Asia, called on the Saudi government "to support a thorough investigation of Mr. Khashoggi's disappearance and to be transparent about the results of that investigation".

He moved to the USA more than a year ago, where he continued his commentary about his country both in print and on television. Saudi officials have called the accusations "baseless".

Prince Turki later became the Saudi Ambassador to the United Kingdom and the U.S., exposing Khashoggi to numerous roles of critical importance.

Turkey has asked for permission to search Saudi Arabia's consulate in Istanbul, broadcaster NTV said on Monday.

Saudi Arabia is a longtime ally of the United States, but on Monday senior US officials expressed alarm over Khashoggi's disappearance.

"And that happened", the crown prince told Bloomberg on Friday in a wide-ranging interview.


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