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"Appalling news about Jamal #Khashoggi".

There can only be one of two possible alternatives here: either - as many suspect - the powerful Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman was to blame or he had lost control of his inner circle, something most observers find hard to believe.

However, a drip feed of details from a Turkish investigation appears to have forced Riyadh into admitting that Khashoggi did in fact die in the Saudi consulate.

According to CNN, five high-ranking Saudi officials have been fired, and 18 other Saudis have been arrested and are still being detained.

Adam Schiff, a democrat on the House intelligence committee, said on Twitter: "The claim that Khashoggi was killed while brawling with 15 men dispatched from Saudi Arabia is not at all credible".

Saud al-Qahtani, a top adviser to Crown Prince Mohammed who was sacked on Saturday in the fallout from Mr. Khashoggi's killing, was the strategist behind the operation, according to United States and Saudi officials, as well as activist organizations.

The kingdom also offered a far different version of events than those given by Turkish officials, who have said an "assassination squad" from the kingdom including an official from Prince Mohammed's entourage and an "autopsy expert" flew in ahead of time and laid in wait for Khashoggi at the consulate.

US President Donald Trump told reporters on Saturday that he was not satisfied with Saudi Arabia's account of Khashoggi's death, but warned against halting Saudi arms sales in response.

"We need an worldwide investigation and relentless pressure on Saudi Arabia from the Trump administration, if we ever hope to get to the truth".

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The remarks differ from earlier comments in which he urged presumption of innocence for Riyadh and said he found the kingdom's account credible and a "good first step".

"We are not accusing anyone in advance but we don't accept anything to remain covered (up)", said ruling Justice and Development Party spokesman Omer Celik.

Turkish investigators, who have been combing a forest and other sites outside Istanbul, are likely to find out what happened to his body "before long", a senior Turkish official told Reuters on Saturday.The state of the body when found could make it hard to ascertain whether the Saudi account of the killing was accurate.

People hold signs at the Embassy of Saudi Arabia during a protest about the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, Oct. 10, 2018, in Washington.

Shadow worldwide trade secretary Barry Gardiner told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: "What we would do certainly at the moment, and I think the Government should do this, is to suspend all arms sales to the kingdom".

The country's Foreign Minister, Mevlut Cavusoglu, said: "We will share the results that emerge transparently with the whole world".

Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham, a close Trump ally, tweeted, "To say that I am skeptical of the new Saudi narrative about Mr. Khashoggi is an understatement".

However, the admission, which came amid increasing pressure on Riyadh, has done little to ease worldwide demands for accountability.

Mohamed Cherkaoui, professor of conflict analysis and resolution at George Mason University, said neither Turkey nor Saudi Arabia could be trusted to be fully transparent on the Khashoggi case.

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