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Amnesty International campaigners on Friday renamed the road outside the Saudi Arabian embassy in London as "Khashoggi Street" to mark the one-month anniversary of the dissident journalist's murder in Turkey.

The same day, The Wall Street Journal reported that Turkish officials had shared with the USA and Saudis details of an audio recording said to prove that Khashoggi was beaten, drugged, and then killed minutes after entering the consulate. "Finally, we know that the order to kill Khashoggi came from the highest levels of the Saudi government", said Erdogan.

Aktay's allegations echo those made by an unidentified senior Turkish official, who has claimed that authorities were investigating if acid was used to dissolve the body either on the consulate premises or at a nearby house of the Saudi consul general.

Aktay, who was friend of Khashoggi, said he believes that the body was cut into pieces so that it could be dissolved in chemicals.

Saudi Arabia since then announced a full investigation into the killing. Saudi public prosecutor Saud al-Mojeb offered a different explanation last week when he said the killing was premeditated.

Yesterday both the "Post" and the "New York Times" cited White House officials as saying Prince Mohammed called officials close to President Donald Trump to smear Mr Khashoggi as a unsafe Islamist.

Saudi officials have acknowledged that Kashoggi was killed in the consulate on October 2, but say the assailants gave the remains to a third party.

While the United States has always had a close alliance with both Israel and Saudi Arabia, under the presidency of Donald Trump these relationships have only deepened.

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Yet, if economic sanctions hit and hit hard and if they are protracted, the official Saudi line will likely change and see Riyadh and their closest Arab allies push back.

Khashoggi, a critic of the Saudi regime, was murdered inside the kingdom's consulate in Istanbul last month, and Turkish officials are still searching for his remains.

Here's an astonishing failure by two otherwise excellent New York Times reporters: they wrote a long, valuable analysis about why the U.S.is "standing by" the murderous crown prince of Saudi Arabia - but they only mentioned Israel's support for him twice.

Some of the people suspected of being involved in the killing have close ties to the prince, whose condemnation of Khashoggi's killing has failed to alleviate suspicions he was involved. The Associated Press on October 16 quoted a high-level Turkish official as saying police who entered the consulate found "certain evidence" that Khashoggi was killed there.

Last week, Trump announced that the United States would be suspending the visas of those who were involved in the killing.

"Today I am inviting the global community to take serious and practical steps to reveal the truth and to prosecute those involved in a court of law". His invitation for Turkish investigators to Saudi Arabia for more talks about the case felt like a desperate and deliberate stalling tactic.

Once an adviser to the Saudi royal family, Khashoggi fell out of favour with the government a year ago and went into self-imposed exile. But the Trump administration has taken a position that is devoid of moral foundation.


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