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Khashoggi crisis now part of wider Middle East tussle

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's demand that Saudi Arabia hand over those responsible for the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi so that they stand trial in Turkey is unlikely to be heeded by the Saudi authorities.

Still, Mr Erdogan's determination to pursue the matter and unconfirmed reports that some of Mr Khashoggi's remains have been found are only likely to intensify the already considerable pressure on the Saudi government.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 25, 2018, with the headline Khashoggi crisis now part of wider Middle East tussle. Subscribe