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Jamal Khashoggi disappearance: UN chief demands 'truth'

  • Jamal Khashoggi disappearance: Saudi Arabia says accusations it ordered his killing there are "lies".
    A harsh critic of the Saudi government, Khashoggi went missing after entering the Saudi consulate in the Turkish city of Istanbul earlier this month. Jamal Khashoggi disappearance: Saudi Arabia says accusations it ordered his killing there are "lies".
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The head of the United Nations has demanded "the truth" over the disappearance of the Saudi Arabian journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Jamal Khashoggi disappearance: UN chief demands 'truth'

Secretary General Antonio Guterres told the BBC he feared such disappearances would happen more regularly and become a "new normal".

Mr Khashoggi, a critic of the Saudi government, vanished on 2 October after visiting its consulate in Istanbul.

Saudi Arabia says accusations it ordered his killing there are "lies".

Interior Minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Saud bin Naif bin Abdulaziz, in quotes reported by the official Saudi Press Agency in Friday, said the kingdom was also keen to uncover "the whole truth", but added that allegations it had issued orders to kill Mr Khashoggi were "baseless".

Business leaders in the United States and Europe are reassessing their relations with Saudi Arabia in the wake of the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

A harsh critic of the Saudi government, Khashoggi went missing after entering the Saudi consulate in the Turkish city of Istanbul earlier this month.

It's strongly suspected he was killed inside the building.

Turkey and Saudi Arabia have formed a joint working group to investigate the case. But the consulate's compound enjoys diplomatic immunity and has yet to be searched.

Britain-based Virgin Group announced on Thursday that it will suspend discussions on proposed Saudi investments in its space businesses.

Media companies, including CNN and The New York Times in the United States, have cancelled their partnerships with an economic forum led by Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Saudi Arabia has called for support from Japan and Western nations for its economic reforms. But analysts say that the handling of the case could dampen foreign investment into the kingdom.