Saudi rejects 'baseless' murder claims over missing journalist

Companies cut ties with Saudi Arabia over Jamal Khashoggi's disappearance

Companies cut ties with Saudi Arabia over Jamal Khashoggi's disappearance

Khashoggi, a US resident and Washington Post columnist critical of Saudi Arabia, disappeared on October 2 after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

President Donald Trump says "we would be punishing ourselves" by canceling arms sales to Saudi Arabia over the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

On Friday, a source familiar with the ongoing investigation told CNN that Turkish authorities have audio and visual evidence that showed Khashoggi was killed inside the Saudi consulate.

Trudeau was forced to defend the deal amidst public outcry over the disappearance of prominent Saudi Arabia critic Jamal Khashoggi.

Reports say that the U.S. and Britain are considering boycotting a major worldwide conference in Saudi Arabia after the disappearance.

The kingdom later warned in a statement that it would "respond with greater action" to "any threats and attempts to undermine it".

During a "Fox & Friends" interview on Thursday, Trump spoke blandly about the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi, saying, "I don't like it". Other speakers and sponsors, including Android operating system creator Andy Rubin and Viacom's Robert Bakish, have also reportedly pulled out of the event.

Trump said that he plans to call the Saudi King on this issue.

Mr Trump has forged closer ties with Saudi Arabia and is under global and domestic pressure to help determine what happened to Mr Khashoggi and punish Saudi Arabia if investigations show its government had him killed.

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Mr. Trump said the USA will be "very upset and angry" if Saudi Arabia is responsible, noting that targeting a journalist is "something really awful and disgusting". I'd hope that they would be rethinking their relationship with the kingdom especially with respect to events coming up in the next weeks like [WWE Crown Jewel]. The sales are a "tremendous order for our companies", and if the Saudis don't buy their weaponry from the USA, they will get it from others, he said.

Where is the investigation now?

'What has been circulating about orders to kill [Khashoggi] are lies and baseless allegations against the government of the kingdom, which is committed to its principles, rules and traditions and is in compliance with global laws and conventions, ' Prince Abdulaziz said.

The drop in the Tadawul exchange in Riyadh happened Sunday, the first day of trading.

In two sessions it lost $50bn (£38bn) of its $450bn capitalisation, AFP news agency reported.

He mysteriously vanished more than a week ago, and was last seen entering the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, Turkey.

Turkey has said it has evidence that Khashoggi was tortured and killed in the diplomatic building with a team of 15 men sent over from Saudi Arabia to carry out the murder.

The latest reports suggest an assault and a struggle took place in the consulate. They've also alleged that they have video of the slaying, but not explained how they have it.

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