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Washington Post decries 'missing voice', as Khashoggi's disappearance continues

Saudi Arabian journalist Jamal Khashoggi.         Source Associated Press

Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman dismissed remarks by Donald Trump in which the USA president said he had warned the king he would not last in power "for two weeks" without US military backing and demanded he pay up. Turkey summoned the Saudi ambassador to its Foreign Ministry on Thursday over the writer's disappearance, said an official who requested anonymity in line with government rules.

That's the approach the Washington Post took today, as the United States newspaper left a blank slate on its Opinion page to draw attention to the disappearance of Saudi journalist and Post contributor Jamal Khashoggi.

Turkey has said it believes Khashoggi is still inside the consulate.

He also said that Turkish authorities were in contact with Saudi officials and he hoped the situation would be resolved. So we put that in that category, ' he said in response to United States leader's remarks.

On Tuesday, Khashoggi entered the consulate to get paperwork he needed in order to be married next week, said his fiancée Hatice, who gave only her first name for fear of retribution.

"We are holding a spot for Jamal Khashoggi in Friday's newspaper", the Post said in a tweet, which included a photo of the exceptional, empty spot at the centre of the page.

Russian Federation and Saudi Arabia struck a private deal in September to raise oil output to cool rising prices and informed the United States before a meeting in Algiers with other producers, Reuters reported this week.

Khashoggi's fiancée refuted Saudi Arabia's claims to Reuters.

Khashoggi's disappearance is not, in and of itself, surprising.

Mohammad bin Salman said that the Saudi government will own small parts of these companies "to secure the quality for a period of time", as the crown prince puts it.

Jamal Khashoggi, who writes opinion pieces for the Washington Post, has not been seen since entering the Saudi consulate building in Istanbul on Tuesday 2 October, where he was to receive an official document for the couple's marriage.

Saudi Arabia is the only oil producer with significant spare capacity on hand to supply the market if needed. All public protests are banned in the kingdom, as are political parties.

Once a friend to the royal family, Khashoggi became one of its most vocal critics.

He is well-known for his work interviewing Osama bin Laden, for his stint as deputy editor-in-chief of Arab News between 1999 and 2003, and his role as former general manager and editor-in-chief of Al Arab News Channel.

Most scandals surrounding Saudi military spending are not that they're spending too little, but that they're buying so much deadly armament and killing so many civilians in neighboring Yemen.