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Saudi Arabia Begins Probe Into Khashoggi Disappearance

Long before the dissident Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi vanished, the kingdom has sought influence in the West - perhaps intended, in part, to make us forget what it is.

The exchange dropped by over 500 points, then clawed back some of the losses, ending the day down 264 points, or more than 4 per cent.

"The King has ordered the Public Prosecutor to open an internal investigation into the Khashoggi matter based on the info from the joint team in Istanbul", a Saudi official, not authorised to speak publicly, told Reuters.

Investment in sport has proved a viable option for those two oil-rich gulf states looking to project soft power and improve the global prestige of their nations overseas and, it's claimed, Saudi Arabia are set to look to do the same.

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Khashoggi, a 59-year-old outspoken critic of the Saudi government and Washington Post columnist, was reported missing after entering the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul on October 2.

In a joint statement later Sunday, the foreign ministers of the UK, France and Germany said "light must be shed" on Khashoggi's disappearance.

"There's something really awful and disgusting about that, if that was the case, so we're going to have to see", Mr Trump said. The sales are a "tremendous order for our companies", and if the Saudis don't buy their weaponry from the U.S., they will get it from others, he said.

In a statement Sunday on the official Saudi Press Agency attributed to "an official", the kingdom rejected any threats of economic sanctions or political pressure and said it would "respond with greater action".

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Later, at the White House, he reiterated that there would be "powerful consequences" for Saudi Arabia.

"If the price of oil reaching $80 angered President Trump, no one should rule out the price jumping to $100, or $200, or even double that figure".

The move comes as European countries and the United States piled pressure on Saudi Arabia, calling for a formal investigation into the case. "From where we sit, we don't see any demand for Saudi equities at all".

The Saudi stock market lost $33bn (€28bn) of its value yesterday amid investor worries about deteriorating global relations, one of the first signs of the economic pain that Riyadh could suffer over the affair. Executivesincluding JPMorgan Chase (JPM) CEO Jamie Dimon have pulled out of an investment conference taking place in the kingdom later this month.

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Following the statement, Hunt spoke to media at the foreign secretary's Chevening country residence, and challenged Riyadh to explain what happened to Khashoggi.

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