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DIII Women’s Volleyball Nov. 15-17 Pittsburgh, PA A.J. Palumbo Center
DI Field Hockey Nov. 16-18 Louisville, KY Trager Stadium
DI Women’s Cross Country Nov. 17 Verona, WI

Thomas Zimmer Championship Course

DI Men’s Cross Country Nov. 17 Verona, WI

Thomas Zimmer Championship Course

DIII Women’s Cross Country Nov. 17 Winneconne, WI Lake Breeze Golf Club
DIII Men’s Cross Country Nov. 17 Winneconne, WI Lake Breeze Golf Club
DIII Field Hockey Nov. 17-18 Manheim, PA Spooky Nook Sports
DII Women’s Volleyball Nov. 29-Dec. 1 Pittsburgh, PA A.J. Palumbo Center
DII Men’s Soccer Nov. 29-Dec. 1 Pittsburgh, PA Highmark Stadium
DII Women’s Soccer Nov. 29-Dec. 1 Pittsburgh, PA Highmark Stadium
DII Field Hockey Nov. 29-Dec. 1 Pittsburgh, PA Arthur J. Rooney Athletic Field
DIII Men’s Soccer Nov. 30-Dec. 1 Greensboro, NC UNCG Soccer Stadium
DIII Women’s Soccer Nov. 30-Dec. 1 Greensboro, NC UNCG Soccer Stadium
DI Women’s Soccer Nov. 30-Dec. 2 Cary, NC WakeMed Soccer Park
DII Women’s Cross Country Dec. 1 Slippery Rock, PA Cooper’s Lake Campground
NC Men’s Water Polo Dec. 1-2 Stanford, CA Avery Aquatic Center
DI Men’s Soccer Dec. 7-9 Santa Barbara, CA

Meredith Field @ Harder Stadium

DI Women’s Volleyball Dec. 13-15 Minneapolis, MN Target Center
DII Football Dec. 15 Kansas City, KS Children’s Mercy Park
DIII Football Dec. 15-16 Shenandoah, TX Woodforest Stadium
DI Football Jan. 5 Frisco, TX Toyota Stadium
Winter
NC Skiing Mar. 6-9 Stowe, VT

Stowe Mountain Resort Trapp Family Lodge

DI Men’s Indoor Track & Field Mar. 8-9 Birmingham, AL Birmingham CrossPlex
DI Women’s Indoor Track & Field Mar. 8-9 Birmingham, AL Birmingham CrossPlex
DII Wrestling Mar. 8-9 Cleveland, OH

Cleveland State University – The Wolstein Center

DII Men’s Indoor Track & Field Mar. 8-9 Pittsburg, KS Robert W. Plaster Center
DII Women’s Indoor Track & Field Mar. 8-9 Pittsburg, KS Robert W. Plaster Center
DIII Wrestling Mar. 8-9 Roanoke, VA

Berglund Center (Roanoke Civic Center)

DIII Men’s Indoor Track & Field Mar. 8-9 Boston, MA Reggie Lewis Center
DIII Women’s Indoor Track & Field Mar. 8-9 Boston, MA Reggie Lewis Center
NC Rifle Mar. 8-9 Morgantown, WV WVU Shell Building
DII Men’s Swimming & Diving Mar. 13-16 Indianapolis, IN

IU Natatorium on the Campus of IUPUI

DII Women’s Swimming & Diving Mar. 13-16 Indianapolis, IN

IU Natatorium on the Campus of IUPUI

DIII Women’s Ice Hockey Mar. 15-16 TBD TBD
DIII Women’s Basketball Mar. 15-16 Salem, VA Cregger Center
DIII Men’s Basketball Mar. 15-16 Fort Wayne, IN

Allen County War Memorial Coliseum Arena

DI Women’s Swimming & Diving Mar. 20-23 Austin, TX

Lee & Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center

DIII Men’s Swimming & Diving Mar. 20-23 Greensboro, NC Greensboro Aquatic Center
DIII Women’s Swimming & Diving Mar. 20-23 Greensboro, NC Greensboro Aquatic Center
DI Wrestling Mar. 21-23 Pittsburgh, PA PPG Paints Arena
NC Fencing Mar. 21-24 Cleveland, OH

Cleveland State University – The Wolstein Center

DIII Men’s Ice Hockey Mar. 22-23 TBD TBD
NC Women’s Ice Hockey Mar. 22-24 Hamden, CT TD Bank Sports Center
DII Women’s Basketball Mar. 26-29 Columbus, OH Alumni Hall
DI Men’s Swimming & Diving Mar. 27-30 Austin, TX

Lee & Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center

DII Men’s Basketball Mar. 27-30 Evansville, IN The Ford Center
DI Women’s Basketball April 5-7 Tampa Bay, FL Amalie Arena
DI Men’s Basketball April 5-10 Minneapolis, MN U.S. Bank Stadium
DI Men’s Ice Hockey April 11-13 Buffalo, NY KeyBank Center
NC Bowling April 11-13 Wickliffe, OH Game of Wickliffe
NC Men’s Gymnastics April 19-20 Champaign, IL State Farm Center
NC Women’s Gymnastics April 19-20 Fort Worth, TX

Fort Worth Convention Center Arena

Spring
DIII Men’s Volleyball April 26-27 Union, NJ Harwood Arena
NC Men’s Volleyball May 2-4 Long Beach, CA Walter Pyramid
NC Beach Volleyball May 3-5 Gulf Shores, AL Gulf Shores Public Beach
NC Women’s Water Polo May 10-12 Stanford, CA Avery Aquatic Center
DII Men’s Lacrosse May 11 TBD TBD
DIII Men’s Golf May 14-17 Nicholasville, KY Keene Trace
DIII Women’s Golf May 14-17 Houston, TX Bay Oaks Country Club
DII Women’s Golf May 15-18 Palm Beach Gardens, FL

PGA National Resort – Champions Course

DI Women’s Tennis May 16-25 Orlando, FL

USTA National Campus (Collegiate Center)

DI Men’s Tennis May 16-25 Orlando, FL

USTA National Campus (Collegiate Center)

DI Women’s Golf May 17-22 Fayetteville, AR The Blessings Golf Club
DII Women’s Lacrosse May 17-19 Allendale, MI GVSU Lacrosse Stadium
DII Men’s Golf May 20-24 Daniels, WV The Resort @ Glade Springs
DIII Women’s Tennis May 20-25 Kalamazoo, MI Stowe Stadium
DIII Men’s Tennis May 20-25 Kalamazoo, MI Stowe Stadium
DII Men’s Tennis May 21-25 Altamonte Springs, FL Sanlando Park
DII Women’s Tennis May 22-25 Altamonte Springs, FL Sanlando Park
DII Men’s Outdoor Track & Field May 23-25 Kingsville,TX Javelina Stadium
DII Women’s Outdoor Track & Field May 23-25 Kingsville,TX Javelina Stadium
DIII Men’s Outdoor Track & Field May 23-25 Geneva, OH

SPIRE Institute – Outdoor Track & Field

DIII Women’s Outdoor Track & Field May 23-25 Geneva, OH

SPIRE Institute – Outdoor Track & Field

DII Softball May 23-27 Denver, CO

The Regency Athletic Complex @ MSU Denver

DIII Softball May 23-28 Tyler, TX Suddenlink Field
DI Men’s Golf May 24-29 Fayetteville, AR The Blessings Golf Club
DI Women’s Lacrosse May 24-26 Baltimore, MD Homewood Field
DIII Women’s Lacrosse May 25-26 Ashland, VA

Randolph-Macon College Day Field

DI Men’s Lacrosse May 25-27 Philadelphia, PA Lincoln Financial Field
DIII Men’s Lacrosse May 25-27 Philadelphia, PA Lincoln Financial Field
DI Softball May 30-June 5 TBD TBD
DIII Rowing May 31-June 1 Indianapolis, IN Indianapolis Rowing Center
DI Rowing May 31-June 2 Indianapolis, IN Indianapolis Rowing Center
DII Rowing May 31-June 2 Indianapolis, IN Indianapolis Rowing Center
DIII Baseball May 31-June 5 Cedar Rapids, IA

Perfect Game Field @ Veterans Memorial Stadium

DII Baseball June 1-8 Cary, NC

USA Baseball National Training Complex

DI Men’s Outdoor Track & Field June 5-8 Austin, TX Mike A. Myers Stadium
DI Women’s Outdoor Track & Field June 5-8 Austin, TX Mike A. Myers Stadium
DI Baseball June 15-26 Omaha, NE TD Ameritrade Park

New Academic Journal Seeks Marketing and Tech Writers – SEOJournal.co

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Students and practitioners are welcome to submit various skill levels for beginner audiences to expert data scientist. The journal has two volunteer editors both with Masters of Education and Technology backgrounds.  The journal is a non-profit endeavor and will not include advertisements or charge subscriptions.

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How college teams are donating supplies, supporting people affected by Hurricane Florence

Hurricane Florence ravaged the Carolinas last week with a historic amount of rainfall and damage, which left the people affected by the storm to deal with the aftermath this week and for the foreseeable future.

For them, it appears they won’t be undergoing the recovery process alone, with several area programs assisting in donating supplies and holding drives to support the victims of the storm.

Several teams are doing their outreach through hosting on-campus donation drives for clothing, water, food and other essentials.

Other programs have T-shirts for sale that have phrases imprinted such as “One Carolina” or “Carolina Strong.” According to the schools, all proceeds will go to programs such as Habitat for Humanity and other organizations assisting in hurricane relief.

Hurricane Florence canceled or postponed several football, men’s and women’s soccer and volleyball matches the past weekend. Many of the programs that had games canceled are the ones assisting in the relief efforts that are sure to be a long process.

The National Weather Service station in Raleigh announced North Carolina had a cumulative rainfall of 8 trillion gallons throughout the state.

Robot market growth slows as trade war hits industrial spending: robot industry chief

TOKYO (Reuters) – An escalating trade war between the United States and China has dampened manufacturers’ appetite for investment in equipment, causing growth in the industrial robot market to slow, the chief of the global robot industry group said.

Many global manufacturers “are now in a wait-and-see mode, wondering whether to shift production (away from China) to, let’s say, Vietnam or the United States,” said Junji Tsuda, chief of the International Federation of Robotics (IFR), in an interview on Thursday.

IFR, which brings together nearly 60 global robot suppliers and integrators, predicts worldwide industrial robot sales this year to grow 10 percent compared to last year’s 30 percent jump.

China is the world’s largest robots market with a 36 percent global share, with its sales volume exceeding the total of Europe and the Americas combined.

Tsuda, also the chairman of Japan’s Yaskawa Electric Corp, said the manufacturers would move out of the wait-and-see mode by the end of this year.

It will take a while for the direction of the trade war to be clear, Tsuda said. “But global demand for smartphones, semiconductors and autos have been solid, and the time will eventually come that they can wait no longer and will resume investment to meet the demand.”

Yaskawa, one of the world’s top robot manufacturers, last week cut its annual operating profit forecast to 59 billion yen ($524.40 million) from 65.5 billion yen, citing a slowdown in smartphone-related demand in China and growing caution over the trade dispute.

From next year onwards, however, IFR expects the robot market growth to pick up again, forecasting an average 14 percent increase per year through 2021.

($1 = 112.5100 yen)

Reporting by Makiko Yamazaki; Editing by Muralikumar Anantharaman

Weight Loss with Apple Cider Vinegar

Can you really achieve weight loss with apple cider vinegar? This is one of the most common questions I get from people when we talk about supplements is about ACV’s effect on managing a healthier body weight.  For some people…it might. But let’s look at the facts, including the pros and cons of adding this sometimes hard-to-swallow vinegar into your diet on a daily basis.

Above all, I’m going to dig into how ACV might be able to help you with weight loss.

Full disclosure –  I’m a big fan of apple cider vinegar. Not so much for weight loss, but because of a few other reasons I’ll get to in just a minute. I actually incorporate apple cider vinegar into my famous 3-Day Cleanse dressing in my book, The Belly Burn Plan and recommend people supplement with it everyday. It’s really popular and wouldn’t have been nearly as loved if it didn’t have ACV in it. I’m happy I included it!

Despite its popularity, apple cider vinegar and its effects on weight loss haven’t been  studied as much as other foods. In fact, weighing at 3 calories per tablespoon, ACV has negligible nutrition. So how can it be so beneficial?

Let’s start looking into that now.

Weight Loss with Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar helps to improve blood sugar and insulin levels

Many of the studies that have been done have included diabetics and apple cider vinegar’s role in improving blood sugar and insulin levels. Whether you’re a diabetic or not, this is one way ACV can help manage weight loss.

Here’s why.

TraciDMitchell.com for more of this article and others

Jamal Khashoggi disappearance: US asks Turkey for recording evidence

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The US has asked Turkey for a recording said to provide strong evidence that Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was killed at Istanbul’s Saudi consulate.

“We have asked for it, if it exists,” President Donald Trump told reporters at the White House.

Mr Khashoggi has not been seen since entering the building on 2 October. Saudi Arabia denies killing him.

Meanwhile, the Washington Post has published the last column Mr Khashoggi wrote before his disappearance.

In the column he talks about the importance of a free press in the Middle East.

The newspaper’s Global Opinions editor Karen Attiah said its release had been delayed in the hope that Mr Khashoggi would return safely.

“Now I have to accept: That is not going to happen. This is the last piece of his I will edit for The Post,” she wrote. “This column perfectly captures his commitment and passion for freedom in the Arab world. A freedom he apparently gave his life for.”

What did the last column say?

Mr Khashoggi presented a strong criticism of the state of press freedoms in the Arab world: “The Arab world is facing its own version of an Iron Curtain, imposed not by external actors but through domestic forces vying for power.

“The Arab world needs a modern version of the old transnational media so citizens can be informed about global events. More important, we need to provide a platform for Arab voices.”

He mentioned the case of his fellow Saudi writer, Saleh al-Shehi, who he said “is now serving an unwarranted five-year prison sentence for supposed comments contrary to the Saudi establishment”.

“Such actions no longer carry the consequence of a backlash from the international community,” he wrote. “Instead, these actions may trigger condemnation quickly followed by silence.”

What is Trump’s latest position?

Saudi Arabia is one of Washington’s closest allies and the Khashoggi disappearance is putting the administration in an awkward position.

Confirming that the tape said to provide evidence of the killing had been requested, Mr Trump added: “I’m not sure yet that it exists, probably does, possibly does.”

Mr Trump said he expected a report from Secretary of State Mike Pompeo who has just been to Saudi Arabia and Turkey.

The president said the truth would come out “by the end of the week”.

He rejected suggestions he was trying to provide cover for Saudi Arabia: “No, not at all, I just want to find out what’s happening.”

Over the past few days, Mr Trump has raised the possibility of “rogue killers” being behind the journalist’s disappearance. And he has cautioned against rushing to blame Saudi leaders, telling the Associated Press news agency that they were being treated as “guilty until proven innocent”.

What is reported to be on the recording?

Early on in their inquiry, Turkish investigators said they had evidence that Mr Khashoggi – a critic of Saudi leaders – was murdered.

Reports in Turkish media give gruesome details of what are said to be his final minutes.

A Turkish newspaper says the consul himself, Mohammed al-Otaibi, can be heard in the audio recording of Mr Khashoggi’s death.

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Image caption The search of Saudi consular buildings continues

Yeni Safak, which is close to the government, quotes him as telling alleged Saudi agents sent to Istanbul: “Do this outside. You’re going to get me in trouble.”

Mr Otaibi flew back to Riyadh on Tuesday.

How is Turkey’s investigation progressing?

On Wednesday and into Thursday, investigators spent almost nine hours searching the Saudi consul’s residence, then moving on to the consulate itself about 200m (650ft) away, according to Reuters news agency.

The team included prosecutors and forensics experts in white overalls.

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Image caption Police inside the Saudi consul’s residence

Several vehicles with Saudi diplomatic number plates were filmed by CCTV cameras moving from the consulate to the residence just less than two hours after Mr Khashoggi entered the consulate on the day he vanished.

The consulate building was searched for the first time on Monday.

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Image caption US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan

On Tuesday, Mr Pompeo was in Riyadh for talks with Saudi Arabia’s King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who he said “strongly denied” any involvement in the journalist’s disappearance.

The events of 2 October

Mr Khashoggi is a US resident and columnist for the Washington Post newspaper who went into self-imposed exile last year after reportedly being warned by Saudi officials to stop criticising the crown prince’s policies.

He arrived at the consulate at 13:14 local time for an appointment to obtain paperwork so he could marry his Turkish fiancée.

Saudi officials have insisted Mr Khashoggi left the consulate soon afterwards and came to no harm.

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Media captionCCTV footage shows missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

But Turkish officials believe an assault and struggle took place in the building.

They allege that Mr Khashoggi was killed by a team of Saudi agents who were pictured entering and leaving Turkey on CCTV footage released to media outlets.

The New York Times reports that four of the 15 agents have links to Crown Prince Mohammed, while another is a senior figure in the country’s interior ministry.

On Tuesday, G7 foreign ministers called for Saudi Arabia to conduct a “transparent” investigation into the issue.

Meanwhile, International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde has become the latest high-profile figure to withdraw from a major Saudi investment conference next week following Mr Khashoggi’s disappearance.

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Crimea attack: College assault kills 17

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At least 17 people have been killed and dozens more wounded in an attack at a college in Russian-annexed Crimea.

Officials initially said an “unidentified explosive device” detonated, but now say all the victims died of gunshot wounds at the technical college in Kerch.

Russian investigators said an 18-year-old student blamed for the attack had killed himself.

Russia seized Crimea from Ukraine in 2014 in a widely criticised move.

The annexation followed a disputed vote that was condemned by many Western powers.

The alleged perpetrator of the college attack has been identified as Vladislav Roslyakov, who is said to have opened fire on those in the building. Forty people were injured.

Russia’s RBC TV interviewed a friend who said he “hated the technical school very much”.

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The incident had initially been described as a “terrorist act”, but Russia’s investigative committee has now reclassified it as “mass murder”.

President Vladimir Putin described it as a “tragic event” and expressed condolences to the victims’ relatives.

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Image caption National guard soldiers were deployed

A local official said most of the victims were students of the technical college, which is a vocational school for 850 teenagers.

A major emergency response operation launched as the victims were taken to hospitals.

Four military planes were ready to evacuate the wounded and military hospital facilities were ready to accept victims if necessary, Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said.

Investigators had at first released a statement saying an explosive device filled with “metal objects” had detonated in the dining area.

In earlier reaction, the director of the college, who was not at the scene at the time of the attack, told Russian media that unknown armed men had broken into the building. She compared it to the school siege of Beslan in 2004, during which about 330 people died.

Reuters news agency said that schools and pre-schools were being evacuated in the city.

Kerch is situated at the point where Russia built a bridge between the Crimean peninsula and Russia.

Relations between Russia and Ukraine remain strained by the Crimea annexation and a continuing conflict involving Russia-backed rebels in eastern Ukraine.

The speaker of the Russia-backed Crimean parliament, Vladimir Konstantinov, suggested Kiev may have been behind the attack, saying “the entire evil inflicted on the land of Crimea is coming from the official Ukrainian authorities”.

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Jamal Khashoggi: Pressure grows on Saudis as US envoy meets king

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (L) meeting Saudi King Salman in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 16 October 2018 Image copyright EPA
Image caption Mr Pompeo thanked the king for his “commitment” to an investigation

Pressure is growing on Saudi Arabia to explain the fate of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, as US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met King Salman in Riyadh.

Mr Khashoggi was last seen at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul two weeks ago.

Turkish officials believe Mr Khashoggi was murdered by Saudi agents but the Saudis have denied this.

However, US media are reporting that the Saudis may be preparing to admit that Mr Khashoggi died as a result of an interrogation that went wrong.

Overnight, Turkish police completed a search of the consulate after being admitted by Saudi authorities.

What’s likely to come from the Pompeo meeting?

The secretary of state and the king have now met in Riyadh.

While much of what was discussed during has yet to be announced, the US State Department said that Mr Pompeo had used the time to thank the king for his “commitment to a thorough, transparent investigation” into Mr Khashoggi’s disappearance.

Mr Pompeo was also expected to seek further clarification over a conversation between the king and President Donald Trump on Monday.

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Media captionPresident Trump and the King of Saudi Arabia discussed the disappearance of the Saudi journalist

Tweeting earlier about the call, Mr Trump said: “Just spoke to the king of Saudi Arabia who denies any knowledge of whatever may have happened ‘to our Saudi Arabian citizen’.”

He later told reporters: “The denial was very, very strong. It sounded to me like maybe these could have been rogue killers. Who knows?”

There is a lot at stake given the strength of Saudi-US ties. Mr Trump has already ruled out cancelling a lucrative arms deal, although he did threaten “severe punishment” if the kingdom were found to be responsible for the death.

King Salman ordered an investigation into the missing journalist on Monday. Saudi statements up to now have dismissed allegations of a killing as “baseless” and “lies”.

The kingdom has also angrily rejected what it called political and economic “threats”, saying it would respond to any punitive action, such as sanctions, “with a bigger one”.

Mr Pompeo is also expected to meet Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman during his day in Riyadh. The secretary of state may then head to Turkey.

What is this US media line about?

It appeared in the New York Times and on CNN, quoting unnamed sources.

They said Saudi Arabia would acknowledge that Mr Khashoggi’s death was the result of an interrogation that went wrong and the intention had been only to abduct him from Turkey.

This may explain in part Mr Trump’s “rogue killers” line.

Who such killers could be and how it fits into reports of a Saudi team being despatched to the consulate before Mr Khashoggi’s arrival will presumably need to covered.

CNN said the Saudis may argue the operation was conducted without clearance and those responsible would be held accountable.

The Khashoggi family in Saudi Arabia issued a statement calling for an “independent and impartial international commission”.

Reputations may be forever tainted

By Frank Gardner, BBC News

The recent, highly charged exchange of words between Washington and Riyadh now appears to have given way to a mutual search for the least bad explanation. Both countries’ leaders know they have an enormous amount to lose if this affair ended up splitting apart their 73-year old strategic partnership.

Iran, as the regional rival to Saudi Arabia, would be the prime beneficiary if the Saudis were to lose their defensive US umbrella. President Trump is also correct when he says thousands of US jobs would be lost, with China and Russia to be among those lining up to replace them.

Which begs the wider question: is the West’s relationship with Saudi Arabia so important that it outweighs the need to condemn and punish what many believe was a state-sponsored murder of a journalist inside a consulate?

Hence the urgent dispatching of US Secretary of State for talks with the Saudi leadership. In private there may well be some strong words, in public both countries may want to present a united stand. But one thing is certain: whatever narrative emerges, the international reputation of the Saudi Crown Prince and power-behind-the-throne Mohammed Bin Salman will forever be tainted by this affair.

What happened with the consulate search?

For the first time since the journalist disappeared on 2 October, Turkish investigators were allowed to enter the building.

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Image caption Turkish officers search the Saudi consulate in Istanbul

A Saudi team entered first on Monday, followed roughly an hour later by Turkish forensic police.

The Turkish investigators, some wearing overalls, gloves and covered shoes. stayed for about eight hours, leaving in the early hours of Tuesday.

They reportedly took with them samples, including of soil from the consulate garden.

Saudi Arabia agreed last week to allow Turkish officials to conduct a search but insisted it would only be a superficial “visual” inspection.

Turkey rejected that offer. The Sabah daily newspaper said investigators had wanted to search the building with luminol, a chemical which shows up any traces of blood. It is not clear whether that happened.

Reports on Tuesday said Istanbul police would also search the Saudi consul’s residence.

What allegedly happened in Istanbul?

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Media captionCCTV footage shows missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

Mr Khashoggi, a critic of the Saudi government who has written for the Washington Post, was last seen walking into the consulate on 2 October.

Reports suggest an assault and struggle took place in the consulate after Mr Khashoggi went to get paperwork for his forthcoming marriage.

Turkish sources allege he was killed by a 15-strong team of Saudi agents but Riyadh insists that he left the consulate unharmed.

Mr Khashoggi was once an adviser to the Saudi royal family but fell out of favour with the Saudi government and went into self-imposed exile. He is a US resident.

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Jamal Khashoggi: Turkey ‘to search Saudi consulate’ in Istanbul

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Media captionJamal Khashoggi: What we know about the journalist’s disappearance

Turkish officials investigating the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi will search Saudi Arabia’s consulate in Istanbul later on Monday, according to reports.

Turkish officials believe Mr Khashoggi was murdered in the consulate by Saudi agents nearly two weeks ago, but Riyadh strongly denies this.

Diplomatic pressure is growing on the Saudis to give a fuller explanation.

On Monday, Saudi Arabia’s King Salman ordered an investigation into the case.

“The king has ordered the public prosecutor to open an internal investigation into the Khashoggi matter based on the information from the joint team in Istanbul,” an official quoted by Reuters news agency said.

Last week, Turkey accepted a Saudi proposal to form a joint working group to investigate Mr Khashoggi’s disappearance.

The latest moves come as more leading business figures say they will not attend a major investment conference in Riyadh later this month.

The head of JP Morgan, Jamie Dimon, is one of the latest high-profile executives to pull out.

When will the search take place?

Turkish diplomatic sources said the consulate would be searched by a joint Turkish-Saudi team in the late afternoon or evening.

Details of how the search will be carried out have not been revealed.

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Image caption Police barricades have been set up in front of the Saudi consulate in Istanbul

Saudi Arabia agreed last week to allow Turkish officials to search the building but insisted it would only be a superficial “visual” inspection.

Turkey rejected that offer. The Sabah daily newspaper said investigators had wanted to search the building with luminol, a chemical which shows up any traces of blood.

King Salman and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan spoke by telephone on Sunday evening, officials said, and stressed the importance of the two countries working together on the case.

What is alleged to have happened in Istanbul?

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Media captionCCTV footage shows missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

Mr Khashoggi, a critic of the Saudi government who has written for the Washington Post, was last seen walking into the consulate on 2 October.

A Turkish security source has told the BBC that officials have audio and video evidence proving Mr Khashoggi was murdered inside the building.

Reports suggest an assault and struggle took place in the consulate after Mr Khashoggi went to get paperwork for his forthcoming marriage.

Turkish sources allege he was killed by a 15-strong team of Saudi agents, but Riyadh insists that he left the consulate unharmed.

Mr Khashoggi was once an adviser to the Saudi royal family but fell out of favour with the Saudi government and went into self-imposed exile. He is a US resident.

How have other countries reacted?

US President Donald Trump has threatened Saudi Arabia with “severe punishment” if it emerges that Mr Khashoggi was killed inside the consulate.

In an interview with CBS News, Mr Trump said that, if true, the fact that a journalist was murdered was “terrible and disgusting”.

However, he ruled out halting big military contracts with Riyadh.

On Sunday, Riyadh angrily rejected political and economic “threats” over the missing journalist and said it would respond to any punitive action “with a bigger one”.

The UK, Germany and France have called for a “credible” investigation into the disappearance.

Their foreign ministers said that if anyone were found responsible they should be held accountable, and urged a detailed response from Riyadh.

UK Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said that whatever happened now was “absolutely up to Saudi Arabia”.

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