Richard Branson suspends $1B project with Saudi Arabia amid rumors journalist Khashoggi was murdered

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Billionaire mogul Richard Branson has suspended talks with Saudi Arabia over $1billion investment in Virgin Galactic amid claims that the kingdom murdered missing Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi.

Branson's announcement comes as the Senate launches an investigation into claims by Turkish authorities that Khashoggi was targeted by Saudi agents after he was last seen entering the consulate in Istanbul on October 2.

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'What has reportedly happened in Turkey around the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, if proved true, would clearly change the ability of any of us in the West to do business with the Saudi Government,' Branson said in a statement Thursday.

'We have asked for more information from the authorities in Saudi and to clarify their position in relation to Mr Khashoggi.'

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The Saudi government last year announced its intention to invest $1billion into Virgin Galactic and Virgin Orbit, which are under the umbrella of Branson's Virgin Group, according to CNBC.

Global pressure has mounted on Saudi Arabia, a close US ally, over the whereabouts of Khashoggi, who entered the consulate to get documents for his planned marriage last week.

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His Turkish fiancee, Hatice Cengiz, who was waiting outside, said he never re-appeared.

'I have to find out what happened ... and we're probably getting closer than you might think,' President Trump said in an interview on Fox & Friends.

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It comes as a witness claimed to have heard screams for help moments before Khashoggi disappeared from the Saudi consulate.

A source reportedly told The Washington Post Khashoggi was killed and then dismembered by members of security.

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'The voice recording from inside the embassy lays out what happened to Jamal after he entered,' the insider told the newspaper that Khashoggi, 59, worked for.

'You can hear his voice and the voices of men speaking Arabic … You can hear how he was interrogated, tortured and then murdered.'


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