In the case of Khashoggi: "The recording is truly awful"

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Riyadh has acknowledged that he had been killed in a "premeditated" operation, after weeks of denials of any involvement in Khashoggi's disappearance.

"Saudi Arabia needs to accept that (the killer) is among the 18 and needs to get rid of the suspicion by responding to Turkey's good will and acting fairly", Erdogan said. "This is impossible. I also told Mr Trump [US President] that there is no need to look around for his murderers", Turkey's president said.

Erdogan told reporters Monday that the recording had been played to officials from Saudi Arabia, the United States, France, Canada, Germany and Britain.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Monday became the first Western leader to acknowledge his country had received the recordings of the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. "Indeed when the Saudi intelligence officer listened to the recordings, he was so shocked he said: "This one must have taken heroin, only someone who takes heroin would do this", he added, Reuters reports.

A new report indicates that Central Intelligence Agency director Gina Haspel was presented with an audio recording last month that suggests a direct link between Jamal Khashoggi's death and the Saudi Arabian royal family.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told the crown prince in a phone call Sunday that the United States would hold accountable all those involved in the killing.

When Le Drian made his comments on the weekend, he was asked if Erdogan was lying, He replied: "He has a political game to play in these circumstances".

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Luggage carried by a 15-member Saudi team dispatched to Istanbul included scissors, defibrillators and syringes that may have been used against journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who was murdered in the Saudi consulate, a pro-government Turkish daily said Tuesday.

Bolton shares with Saudi Arabia a hawkish stance against Riyadh's biggest Middle East rival Iran and he championed Washington's resumption of sanctions on the Islamic Republic.

A source at Turkish attorney general's office Saudi authorities had used acid and other chemicals to dispose of the slain journalist's body.

"If the Turkish president has information to give to us, he must give it to us", Le Drian said.

Trudeau said earlier Monday from Paris that Canadian officials had listened to the audio recordings but didn't reveal their content. No other country admitted hearing the said recording.

Saudi Arabia has also removed several officials it says are responsible for the murder, including two of bin Salman's closest allies, deputy intelligence chief Ahmad al-Assiri and top aide Saud al-Qahtani.

He again called on Saudi Arabia to provide answers as to what happened to Khashoggi and his body. Worldwide skepticism has been cast upon the fluctuating Saudi explanations for his disappearance - which range from an insistence that the Washington Post columnist had left its consulate alive to a claim that he died in a fight.

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