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Khashoggi in Manama Bahrain Feb. 1 2015. Turkey claims that Khashoggi who wrote for The Washington Post was killed inside a Saudi diplomatic mission in Turkey

Turkish officials say they have evidence Riyadh critic Jamal Khashoggi was killed in Istanbul.

US media reported on Monday that Saudi Arabia would admit that the disappearance and alleged death of Khashoggi was the result of an interrogation gone wrong.

Turkish police on Monday night undertook an eight hour search at the consulate, taking away soil and DNA samples, although the search expected on Tuesday at the consul's residence has so far not taken place.

The Kingdom is attempting to distance Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman from the murder by saying it was "unintentional"-the result of a "botched operation" by rogue Saudi agents".

The president concluded: 'Answers will be forthcoming shortly'.

"We had direct and candid conversations", Pompeo told reporters according to CNN.

In an interview with AP, Trump today criticised rapidly mounting global condemnation of Saudi Arabia, warning of a rush to judgment and echoing the Saudis' request for patience. This guy's got to go.

President Donald Trump, who earlier warned of "severe punishment" if the kingdom was found culpable for Khashoggi's disappearance, criticized the allegations against the kingdom and compared it to the accusations of sexual assault leveled against now-Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh during his confirmation hearing.

The crown prince "pledged that the work of the Saudi public prosecutor will produce a full and complete conclusion with full transparency for the world to see", Pompeo said.

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It stated that one of the suspects was a "frequent companion" of Salman who was alongside the crown prince during visits to Paris, Madrid, Houston, Boston, and the United Nations, publishing photos showing the suspect in Salman's entourage.

Mr Trump's remarks are his most robust defence yet of the Saudis, a U.S. ally he has made central to his Middle East agenda.

The phone call coincided with a visit to Saudi Arabia by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, sent to deal with the crisis in relations.

As Pompeo was in Saudi Arabia, Turkish officials who searched the consulate told the Associated Press they found evidence in the building that Khashoggi was killed there.

Turkish officials have identified 15 suspects they say flew to Istanbul and went to the consulate the day Khashoggi disappeared.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo held separate meetings with Turkey's president and foreign minister for around 40 minutes each on Wednesday in the Turkish capital, Ankara.

Pompeo has been gentle with the Saudis, issuing anodyne statements after the meeting like "I don't want to talk about any facts".

The New York Times said Prince Mohammed had approved an interrogation or abduction of Khashoggi and the government would shield him by blaming an intelligence official. "And we'll all get to see if they deliver against that commitment", he said.

The government's tentative explanation comports with comments Mr. Trump made Monday, after speaking to Saudi King Salman: "It sounded to me like maybe these could have been rogue killers", the president said.

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