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So far, President Vladimir Putin has publicly steered clear of the controversy over the killing of Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul earlier this month, allegedly at the hands of Saudi agents. Saudi Arabia has said he was killed in a fistfight at the consulate.

Al-Falih said that, despite the ongoing "crisis" due to the case, the ambitious reforms that Saudi Arabia is undertaking would continue.

Khashoggi was last seen entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2 to obtain papers needed for his upcoming wedding.

With the full details of Khashoggi's death still unknown, many high-profile business leaders had in recent days pulled out of the conference, among them JP Morgan CEO Jamie Dimon, HSBC chief John Flint, BlackRock CEO Larry Fink and the head of German engineering giant Siemens, Joe Kaeser, who only on Monday announced he'd stay away from the meeting.

Human rights groups have urged Canada to cancel the $15-billion contract to sell light armoured vehicles to Saudi Arabia - a 2014 deal signed by the Harper government and upheld by the Liberals.

It was earlier reported that the searches would be extended to a forest in Istanbul and a house in Yalova.

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Erdogan spoke about Khashoggi's killing for more than 45 minutes, beginning his remarks with what he called a "refresh" of the events surrounding Khashoggi's death.

How the West reacts and what punishment for the killing they decide to impose on Saudi Arabia will be a major factor in shaping the king's thinking, say Saudi activists. "The American people want answers and we will demand that those answers are forthcoming", Pence told an event at The Washington Post, where Khashoggi was a contributing opinion writer.

"As we all know, these are hard days for us in the kingdom of Saudi Arabia", al-Falih said in a speech to attendees seated in the forum's ornate hall.

Mr Erdogan said Riyadh's suggestion it was a rogue operation "will not satisfy us" and said there should be no diplomatic immunity for his killers.

Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt has vowed to pursue sanctions against the Saudi regime if it is held responsible for the savage murder of Jamal Khashoggi by a 15-man hit squad. Authorities promised that Tuesday's statement would reveal new facts about the killing, but the speech did little to advance the narrative shaped by leaks from Turkish investigators and officials or to confirm previous gruesome rumors.

His comments come as Saudi Arabia kicked off an investment summit Tuesday despite growing worldwide outrage over the murder of Khashoggi, which triggered a wave of cancellations from global CEOs and policymakers.

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"Obviously, there's been deception and there's been lies", Trump told the Post.

Theresa May's spokesman said reports of Mr Khashoggi's body parts being found were "deeply disturbing".

Trump now plays down the relationship, saying the crown prince and Kushner are "just two young guys".

Prime Minister Theresa May condemned the killing "in the strongest possible terms" and added "we must get to the truth of what happened".

In the past weeks, Turkish media and officials speaking to worldwide media have claimed that audio recordings prove Khashoggi was tortured before being decapitated although no concrete evidence of their existence have emerged.

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