Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi (AP Photo/Hasan Jamali, File)

Saudis Change Tune: Khashoggi Dead, Killed At Consulate During 'Fight'

October 19, 2018 - 6:00 pm

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Saudi Arabia's state-run news agency says King Salman now has a proposal on the "urgent need" to restructure the kingdom's intelligence services after the slaying of Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul.

The state-run Saudi Press Agency made the announcement early Saturday.

It came immediately after the official announcement by the kingdom that Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist, was killed at the consulate and that 18 Saudis were detained as suspects in the killing.

Prosecutors in the kingdom believe Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi was killed in the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul in a quarrel.

President Donald Trump says he could consider sanctions against Saudi Arabia over missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Trump told reporters after signing a presidential memo in Arizona on Friday that he'll involve Congress in any decision. But he says he'll be making "certain recommendations."

He says that it's still "too early" to determine potential consequences but that he expects to know more by Monday.

He says: "We're going to find out who knew what when and where and we'll figure it out."

The journalist's disappearance has sparked global outrage and threatened the U.S.-Saudi relationship. He was last seen entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on Oct. 2.

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