Canada condemns killing of Jamal Khashoggi

"Egypt sees that the courageous and decisive decisions and actions taken by the Saudi king over this matter. respect the principles of law and applications of effective justice", the statement said. "Defending freedom of the press is a key priority for Finland", the tweet read.

On Friday, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres called for a "prompt, thorough and transparent investigation" into Khashoggi's death. The public prosecutor said 18 people, all Saudi nationals, have been detained in connection to the probe.

The kingdom has come under intense worldwide pressure to explain Khashoggi's disappearance after he entered the Istanbul consulate on October 2 to seek paperwork for his forthcoming marriage. "This was an operation that was a rogue operation", Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir told Fox News.

Saudi Arabia said in a state newscast Friday that Khashoggi died as a result of a "fist fight" in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, where Khashoggi was last seen on October 2.

The recent brutal killing of journalist Jama Khashoggi has seen many country's express outrage, but our own reaction has been muted, with a statement expressing "concern" but stopping short of condemnation. "We have nothing to hide", says the crown prince. "We don't know where the body is", Jubeir said.

Saudi Attorney General Sheikh Saud al-Mojeb said Khashoggi died after "discussions" at the consulate devolved into an altercation, without disclosing any details on the whereabouts of his body.

It was not clear why the investigators waited more than two weeks to conduct the interviews, but the move comes a day after Turkish officials said they are searching two wooded areas just outside Istanbul for possible remains.

Corker said that if the crown prince had ordered the murder, "he's now crossed the line, and there has to be a punishment and a price to pay for that".

But amid growing pressure at home and overseas over his soft posture toward Saudi Arabia, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin withdrew from a high-profile investment summit scheduled to begin in Riyadh later this month, and Trump on Thursday seemed to warn that there would be "severe" consequences for Riyadh if it was found responsible for Khashoggi's death.

The stance echoes that of American President Donald Trump, who has warned against scrapping a multibillion-dollar US-Saudi arms deal. "It's ridiculous at all to believe that 18 people would go to Turkey to kill Mr. Khashoggi and nobody in the government know about it".