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Khashoggi death due to fight in Istanbul Saudi consulate: Saudi Arabia

The investigations are still underway and 18 Saudi nationals have been arrested so far. This is the first time the kingdom has admitted Khashoggi has died.

A statement from the Saudi public prosecutor said the Royal court adviser Saud al-Qahtani and deputy intelligence chief Ahmed Asiri have been sacked from their positions.

Meanwhile, Saudi King Salman has also reportedly ordered the formation of a ministerial committee, headed by Crown Prince Mohammed, to restructure the intelligence services. The journalist was last seen entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on 2 October.

The White House acknowledged the report, and said it would continue to “closely follow” all investigations. Speaking at an event, the US President said what happened was “unacceptable” but Saudi Arabia was a “great ally”. He praised the kingdom for acting quickly.

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