Michael McCaul, Texas Republican, blasts Trump for ignoring Congress on Khashoggi report

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Ahead of the deadline, a group of Republican and Democratic senators on Thursday renewed their push to penalize Saudi Arabia, unveiling legislation to bar some arms sales and impose sanctions on those responsible for Khashoggi's death.

In its fiscal balance program announced in 2016 and implemented in 2017, Saudi Arabia said it would gradually increase the fees for hiring expatriates and obtaining visas for their dependents to encourage companies to hire more locals. Trump has not yet responded to the request, and-according to an official who spoke to Bloomberg-he doesn't have to.

The journalist, who worked as a columnist for The Washington Post newspaper and was a vocal critic of Saudi policies, went missing on October 2 after he entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

Saudi Arabia is denying that the kingdom's crown prince had a role in the killing of a Washington Post columnist amid calls from members of Congress for USA sanctions on the kingdom. The brutal killing, described by Turkish and U.S. officials as an elaborate plot - has drawn an worldwide outcry about press freedom and Saudi government tactics to quell criticism.

His body was reportedly dismembered and has still not been found.

United States officials have reportedly said such an operation would have needed the prince's approval.

"Evidence collected during my mission to Turkey shows prime facie case that Mr. Khashoggi was the victim of a brutal and premeditated killing, planned and perpetrated by officials of the State of Saudi Arabia", Callamard said in the statement. India and Israel have not yet been able to find a mutually convenient date for Netanyahu's visit even though the government remains keen to host him. Not long after the journalist's murder, a preliminary investigation by the Central Intelligence Agency found it had been carried out under orders from the prince.

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Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Friday that a United Nations investigation into the killing of Khashoggi has to be launched.

Al-Jubeir bristled at the notion that outsiders would criticize the government.

Saudi Arabia has previously denied Turkey's extradition request for the 11 suspects.

"This was something that was done outside the scope of authority and so we're now investigating, and those responsible will be held accountable", al-Jubeir said.

She said the next phase of her investigation will take her to Washington to speak with officials from countries that have "taken a deep interest in the case" and have been in touch with Saudi and Turkish officials.

Congress had given the Trump administration a deadline of February 8 to submit a report on who bears responsibility for Khashoggi's death and whether Washington would impose sanctions on that person or people.

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