Trump Demands Answers from Saudi Ally About Missing Writer

Despite US sanctions, India to continue buying Iranian oil

Iran's crude exports fell further in the first week of October, according to tanker data and an industry source, taking a major hit from US sanctions and throwing a challenge to other OPEC oil producers as they seek to cover the shortfall.

If either government seems to be in control of the investigation, Kaye said "it is not going to be seen as credible by significant portions of the global community".

Corker says, "the Saudis have a lot of explaining to do because all indications are that they have been involved at minimum with his disappearance".

Reuters said that Indian Oil would buy six million barrels of oil and Mangalore Refinery and Petrochemicals three million barrels.

He said the White House has been in touch with Khashoggi's fiancee, who wrote an open letter to Trump and the first lady appealing for their help.

Jamal Khashoggi was killed on the orders of Saudi leadership, Turkish officials revealed to the New York Times.

A week after the disappearance of Saudi dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi, details about what happened to him at the Saudi consulate are beginning to emerge, along with indications that the USA had information of a Saudi plot against him.

'It's a very sad situation, it's a very bad situation is, and we want to get to the bottom of it, ' Trump told reporters in the Oval Office on Wednesday. They don't know over there, but it's a very serious situation and it's something we're taking very seriously. We can't let this happen, ' Trump said. Politicians in the United States, Riyadh's main ally, have warned that any harm done to the Washington Post contributor will jeopardize America's relations with the world's largest oil exporter.

Jamal Khashoggi, 59, has not been heard from his fiance nor coworkers after his disappearance on October 2.

Angry U.S. lawmakers likely won't cause the administration to turn away from Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

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Trump on Monday expressed concern about Khashoggi's case and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called for a thorough investigation.

The revelation will put more pressure on the Saudi government to account for the men's activities. "We are prepared to work with countries that are reducing their imports on a case-by-case basis".

USA sanctions on Iran's crude oil exports are due to come into effect from November 4, after being imposed with the aim of stopping Tehran's ballistic missile programme and its involvement in Syria and Iran conflicts.

Riyadh and Ankara have also differed on the subject of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt and on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, where Saudi Arabia has unofficially backed the so-called U.S. "deal of the century", whereas Turkey has condemned the Trump administration's attempt to "force a deal on the Palestinians". "Two of our oil companies have made nominations to purchase Iranian oil in November", he reportedly said at "The Energy Forum" on Monday. The Post's source added it was unclear how the Saudi's planned on handling Khashoggi after receiving him or if the USA warned him that he was targeted. A search would be an extraordinary development, as embassies and consulates under the Vienna Convention are technically foreign soil and must be protected by host nations.

Some of the names and photographs have been matched to known members of the Saudi army and other security forces. The team arrived in Istanbul on two private planes, one of which landed after 3 a.m. (0000 GMT) on Tuesday while the second plane landed around 5 p.m. (1400 GMT) after Khashoggi entered the consulate.

"I would like to confirm that. And the reports that a Saudi Arabian journalist may have been tragically murdered in Turkey should be deeply concerning to everyone who cherishes a freedom of the press and human rights across the globe".

His Turkish fiancée, Hatice Cengiz, who was waiting outside, said he never re-appeared.

Turkish officials say he was killed by Saudi agents during the visit.

According to the Washington Post, U.S. intelligence "intercepted communications of Saudi officials discussing a plan to capture" Khashoggi, a prominent critic of Saudi Arabia's regime. He had been living in the USA state of Virginia.

Separately, the state-run TRT World released video footage on Wednesday of the Saudi squad arriving in Istanbul and leaving that day. They have provided no evidence of his departure.

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