Canada sanctions 17 Saudis over Khashoggi murder

British Prime Minister Theresa May and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman will both be in Argentina for the two-day meeting of the most industrialised nations but are not yet scheduled to meet one-on-one

British Prime Minister Theresa May and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman will both be in Argentina for the two-day meeting of the most industrialised nations but are not yet scheduled to meet one-on-one

"But, again, I do want to emphasize this case is not closed as far as Canada is concerned", she said.

"We were told during this briefing that it was the direction of the White House that she not attend", Sen. Turkey has rigorously investigated the Khashoggi slaying, and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has repeatedly claimed that the journalist's killing was premeditated and ordered by top officials, though he has declined to name the crown prince specifically.

The procedural vote received more Republican support than had been expected after a similar resolution fell six votes short of passage earlier this year.

"Well, if Donald Trump is going to meet him in order to look him in the eye and say, and read him the riot act, that this was outrageous and his involvement is well beyond the pale, and that he is going to be held to account, then there's a reason to meet with him", said Brennan.

The attempts by Mattis and Pompeo to portray the Pentagon's strategic support for the Saudi-led massacre in Yemen as a humanitarian venture was belied by a statement issued this week by five of the main aid agencies attempting to stave off mass starvation in the impoverished countries.

Another media report linking the Saudi prince and the Khashoggi's killing also emerged yesterday in the Israel-based Haaretz newspaper.

Republican Senator Bob Corker joined Lindsay Graham in questioning the administration's handling of recent events. He added that while "Saudi Arabia is an ally, of sorts, and a semi-important country, we've watched innocent people be killed". This was a remarkable result, given how hard the White House had lobbied against the measure.

In a rebuke to the White House, the Senate cast a procedural vote Wednesday to advance a resolution that would cut off most US military aid to Saudi Arabia's war operations in Yemen.

Khashoggi was killed on 2 October in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

However, the bill, which passed with bipartisan support in the Senate, could also give Trump much more leverage in any discussions that he has with MbS in Argentina. With a 63-37 vote, the Senate moved to advance the resolution, which was sponsored by Sens.

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To date, Trump's deputies have shown no indication of planning to change course.

AMYGOODMAN:Wednesday's vote came after more than 50 prominent figures and former officials, including two former United States ambassadors to Yemen, signed a letter urging Senators Mitch McConnell and Chuck Schumer to end America's involvement in the Saudi-led war on Yemen, saying it would "spell the likely end to the broader conflict". Indeed, the US military has provided key logistical support to Saudi Arabia, which has magnified the humanitarian crisis in Yemen. He also argued that the resolution could thwart negotiations to secure a ceasefire - an argument lawmakers disputed.

Mattis and Pompeo worry a move to cut USA support to the Saudis ahead of the summit is poorly timed and could embolden Huthis not to negotiate.

"Try defending that outcome back home", he said.

Initially unmoved by the suffering of millions of Yemeni children, it appears that it was the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi - "someone who was known to people in the elite circles in Washington, DC" - that sparked the Senate's indignation, Benjamin said.

US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis. The U.S. government has turned a blind eye to these atrocities for years. But he said he believes the Senate should "figure out some way for us to send the appropriate message to Saudi Arabia that appropriately displays American values and American national interests".

Since then, the United States has been helping the Saudi-UAE military alliance with weaponry and logistical support.

"The consulate should have been a safe refuge for any journalist, irrespective of their affiliation", Sakina Abdel Samad, secretary-general of the syndicate, said at a news conference on Monday.

"There are strike-all amendments that would be too weak for me to support and I imagine the other cosponsors to support", Murphy said.

En route to Argentina, Xi said in Spain on Wednesday that his government would indeed boost protection of intellectual property, although foreign companies in China complain they have heard such promises before.

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