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#1 Turkey widens Khashoggi probe as pressure mounts on Trump and the Saudis

Turkey's justice minister said Thursday his government's investigation into the disappearance and alleged murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi will wrap up soon, as police reportedly expanded their hunt for clues to new areas outside of Istanbul. Turkish and Arab media outlets said Thursday that officers were to search a forested area and a farmhouse just outside the city, after security camera video purportedly showed vehicles connected to Saudi officials visiting the sites on the day Khashoggi disappeared.

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On Wednesday, Turkish forensic investigators searched the Saudi Consul General's residence in Istanbul.  Turkish officials have said they believe Khashoggi was killed by a Saudi government hit squad after he walked into the consulate 16 days ago.

As CBS News correspondent Holly Williams reports, unverified reports have also suggested that Khanshoggi's body may have been disposed of at the consul general's home. Saudi Consul General Mohammed al-Otaibi, the kingdom's top diplomat in Turkey, left the country and returned to Saudi Arabia on Tuesday.

The New York Times reported on Thursday that U.S. intelligence agencies are increasingly convinced that Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman is culpable in Khashoggi's disappearance.

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