Khashoggi went missing after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul to obtain documents for his upcoming marriage.
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Saudi Arabia Sunday called the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi at its Istanbul consulate a "huge and grave mistake," but sought to shield its powerful crown prince from the widening crisis, saying Mohammad bin Salman had not been aware.After denying any involvement in the 59-year-old's disappearance for two weeks, Saudi Arabia Saturday said Khashoggi, a critic of the crown prince, had died during a fight in the building. An hour later, another Saudi official attributed the death to a chokehold.Three major European powers Germany, Britain and France pressed Saudi Arabia to provide facts to back up its earlier explanation of a fight, while Chancellor Angela Merkel said Germany would not export arms to Saudi Arabia while the current uncertainty over Khashoggi's fate persisted.King Salman, 82, had handed the day-to-day running of Saudi Arabia to him.According to the senior Saudi official, the Saudi team rolled up Khashoggi's body in a rug, took it out in a consular vehicle and handed it to a "local cooperator" for disposal.
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