Turkish police officers gather as they prepare to enter the Saudi Arabia's Consulate in Istanbul, Monday, Oct. 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)
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Turkish police Monday searched the Saudi consulate in Istanbul for the first time since journalist Jamal Khashoggi went missing, as U.S. President Donald Trump floated the idea that "rogue killers" could be to blame for his disappearance.Khashoggi, a Saudi national and U.S. resident who became increasingly critical of powerful Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, has not been seen since he walked into the Saudi consulate in Istanbul to sort out marriage paperwork on Oct. 2 .A Saudi delegation had entered the consulate one hour before the Turkish police arrived and appeared still to be inside as the search was conducted.The search came after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and King Salman also had their first telephone talks since the controversy erupted, in what appeared to be a conciliatory talk according to official readouts.The controversy has troubled Saudi's traditional Western allies, who are key arms suppliers to the kingdom, and also undermined efforts by Mohammad bin Salman to present himself as a modernizing ruler.Trump has threatened the kingdom with "severe punishment" if it is shown that Khashoggi was killed inside its Istanbul mission.
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