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US, Saudi Tensions Rise Over Killing   10/21 10:43

   ISTANBUL (AP) -- Saudi Arabia's crown prince "crossed a line" in the killing 
of journalist Jamal Khashoggi and must pay a price, a leading U.S. Senate 
Republican said Sunday, in a sign of growing tensions between the United States 
and its Gulf ally.

   Bob Corker, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said 
Saturday on CNN's "State of the Union" that he believed Mohammed bin Salman, 
the Saudi royal known as MBS, was behind the killing of Khashoggi, who vanished 
after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on Oct. 2. Pro-government media 
in Turkey have reported that a hit squad traveled from Saudi Arabia to kill the 
Saudi critic.

   Saudi Arabia gave a different version of events on Saturday, saying 
Khashoggi died in a "fistfight" in the consulate and that 18 Saudi suspects 
were in custody and intelligence officials had been fired. Although officials 
close to Prince Mohammed were targeted, Saudi Arabia stopped short of 
implicating the heir-apparent of the world's largest oil exporter.

   The Saudi account was met with widespread international skepticism and 
allegations of a cover-up, as well as calls for an international investigation 
led by a U.N.-appointed panel.

   The crown prince has "now crossed a line and there has to be a punishment 
and a price paid for that," Corker said on CNN. He also urged Turkey to turn 
over purported recordings of Khashoggi's killing inside the Saudi consulate in 
Istanbul. The existence of such evidence has been reported in Turkish media in 
a series of leaks, though Turkish officials have yet to confirm they have 

   "The Turks have been talking more to the media than they have us," Corker 
said of the NATO ally.

   Previously, Republican Sens. Marco Rubio and Jeff Flake had threatened tough 
punitive action by Congress against Saudi Arabia, including a possible halt of 
military sales, if it were confirmed that Khashoggi was indeed killed inside 
the Saudi consulate. U.S. President Donald Trump had also talked about possibly 
punishing Saudi Arabia, though said he didn't want to halt a proposed $110 
billion arms sale to Saudi Arabia because, he maintained, it would harm U.S. 

   Speaking late Saturday after a campaign rally in Nevada, Trump said he needs 
to learn more about the killing and will be working with Congress on the U.S. 
response. He also said he will talk soon to Prince Mohammed.

   Trump initially said he believed the Saudi account. On Saturday, he said he 
still does not know where Khashoggi's body is.

   "We'd like to find out where it is and what happened... And I think we're 
inching our way there," he said.


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