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Saudi Arabia confirms activist, writer Jamal Khashoggi was killed inside consulate

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Saudi Arabia confirmed n an announcement on Saudi state TV Friday night that missing Saudi journalist and Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi was killed in the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul in a fight, and said 18 Saudis were being held as suspects.

The Saudis have set up a commission that will investigate Khashoggi's death and will have one month to release a report, according to state TV. The commission will consist of national security officials, the foreign ministry and the interior ministry.

Discussions between Khashoggi and those who met him during arrival at the consulate in Istanbul let to a quarrel and physical altercation that led to his death, the state TV report said.

Prosecutors are quoted saying 18 Saudi Nationals are being held on suspicion of being involved in his death.

Earlier Friday President Donald Trump said he could consider sanctions against the country over the missing journalist.

Thursday he also threatened severe consequences if the Saudis were found to have killed Khashoggi.

Trump told reporters after signing a presidential memo in Arizona on Friday that he'll involve Congress in any decision. But he says he'll be making "certain recommendations."

He says that it's still "too early" to determine potential consequences but that he expects to know more by Monday.

In the announcement on Saudi State TV, it said a Royal order has been issued to release Maj. Gen. Ahmed al-Assiri, the royal court adviser close to crown prince, from his duty as the deputy of the intelligence services in wake of Jamal Khashoggi killing.

Saudi Arabia's state-run news agency says King Salman now has a proposal on the "urgent need" to restructure the kingdom's intelligence services after the slaying of Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul.