>> First, a meeting with Saudi Arabia's king, followed by his son, the powerful Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was dispatched to Riyadh Tuesday to discuss the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who disappeared after entering the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul. The US State Department says the Crown Prince agreed Tuesday to the importance of a transparent investigation.
It comes as Turkish investigators gather clues at the consulate about what exactly happened. A team of around ten people spent the entire night inside the consulate. It's now exactly two weeks since Jamal Khashoggi disappeared inside. We know that it included a Turkish prosecutor and a police dog. Emerging after nine hours, they took away soil samples and a metal door from the garden.
> Turkey's president Tayyip Erdoğan has told reporters that the investigation is looking into toxic materials and that those materials may have been removed by, quote, painting over them. The case has provoked an international outcry against the world's top oil exporter with media and business executives pulling out of a major investment conference next week.
HSBC backed out on Tuesday, as did the CEO's of Standard Chartered, and Credit Suisse, following the likes of Google, and JP Morgan.