The Latest: Turkey's Erdogan: Saudi slaying ordered by govt

The Latest: Turkey's Erdogan: Saudi slaying ordered by govt
Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan addresses a defence technology development meeting, in Ankara, Turkey, Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018. Turkey's state-run news agency says the Turkish military has shelled positions held by U.S.-backed Kurdish fighters across the border east of the Euphrates River in Syria, killing four Kurdish fighters and wounding six others. The attack came a day after Erdogan said Turkey has finalized plans for a "comprehensive and effective" operation to drive out Kurdish militia from the region.(Presidential Press Service via AP, Pool)

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The Latest on the death of Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi (all times local):

9:20 p.m.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says the order for Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s killing came from the highest level of the Saudi government.

In an op-ed in The Washington Post on Friday, Erdogan says: “we must reveal the identities of the puppet masters behind Khashoggi’s killing.”

The Turkish president said he did not believe that Saudi King Salman had ordered the killing. He said Turkey’s friendship with Riyadh did not mean that Turkey could turn a blind eye to the killing of the journalist last month in the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul

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1 p.m.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has called the slaying of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi a horrendous act that “should be duly dealt with” in a way that doesn’t undermine Saudi Arabia’s stability.

Netanyahu said at a news conference in Bulgaria that Iran is a bigger threat than Saudi Arabia and those who want to punish the Middle East kingdom need to bear that in mind.

The Israeli leader, who attended a meeting of the prime ministers of Bulgaria, Greece and Romania and the president of Serbia at a Black Sea resort.

Netanyahu said Israel was involved in French and Danish investigations this year of alleged plots by Iranian intelligence agencies to attack Iranian opposition figures in Europe.

Khashoggi, a columnist for The Washington Post, was killed inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul on Oct. 2.