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Fiancee of missing Saudi journalist asks for Trump’s help

Fiancee of missing Saudi journalist asks for Trump’s help

Former U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz on Wednesday suspended his advisory role on the board of Saudi Arabia's megacity project Neom until more information is known about missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Turkish officials also provided the Post with a series of surveillance video clips that purport to show movements involved in the killing or abduction of Khashoggi: the journalist entering the consulate; a black Mercedes leaving the consulate and then arriving at the consul general's house; Cengiz, the fiancée, pacing outside the consulate as she makes phone calls; the Saudi men leaving an Istanbul hotel and getting on planes at the airport.

"Such exaggerations might please Mr Trump, but the market will never believe them", Bijan Namdar Zanganeh said, according to the oil ministry's SHANA news site.

She added: "Although this incident could potentially fuel a political crisis between the two nations, let us not lose sight of the human aspect of what happened". Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going.

"We want to see what's going on".

But in a statement Wednesday, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said that National Security Advisor John Bolton and Trump advisor Jared Kushner spoke to Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman yesterday about the matter.

A Turkish official told Reuters last week that authorities believed Khashoggi had been killed in a "premeditated" murder and his body moved out of the consulate, but details have been slow to emerge and Turkish officials have not said how they reached such conclusions.

Corker said he spoke to the Saudi ambassador to the United States about the situation, and was told that closed-circuit TV from the consulate did not record what happened.

The US peace group Code Pink mounted a protest in front of the Saudi Embassy in Washington Wednesday, brandishing signs saying "Where is Jamal Khashoggi?" and "Khashoggi: Another Victim of Saudi Violence".

Beard added that U.S. infrastructure limitations would limit United States crude exports that could otherwise compensate and new refining capacity coming online in 2019 would add further tightness.

"I think the sanctions will be very tough", Beard said.

Khashoggi is a resident of the United States and has been living in Washington, D.C. The former editor-in-chief of a Saudi newspaper and then an advisor to Saudi government officials, in the a year ago Khashoggi had written columns critical of the Saudi goverment in the Post. "Silence, denials and delays are not acceptable", Ryan wrote in a statement. "We demand to know the truth", he added. Khashoggi was in self-imposed exile in Washington, DC, in fear of retribution or arrest due to his criticism of the Saudi government.

Saudi Arabia, the biggest producer in the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries, last week said it would increase crude output next month to 10.7 million bpd, a record.

As the Times notes, officials in Turkey "have left things murky enough" by "speaking on condition of anonymity and refusing to publicly disclose their evidence", which means that much of the reporting remains unverified and the lack of concrete evidence at this point leaves room for the possibility that Khashoggi was abducted from the consulate, but not killed.

Saudi officials deny the allegation, claiming he left the premises - although they have yet to provide proof.