Canada sanctions 17 Saudi nationals over Khashoggi killing

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But if the administration's lobbying was created to mute criticism of the U.S. -Saudi relationship, it had the opposite effect, as senators from both parties expressed frustration that CIA Director Gina Haspel was not part of the administration's briefing team. 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.

Yesterday's "procedural vote sets up the beginning of a floor debate on the resolution next week", explains the AP. Momani said Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau should avoid him.

Freeland stopped short of linking the crown prince to crime. Under the principle of universal jurisdiction, HRW argued the prince could be held accountable outside the countries of the alleged offenses.

"There's ways that the administration, even rhetorically, can help change the dynamic", Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker, a Republican, said shortly before the vote.

"For every child killed by bombs and bullets, dozens are starving to death, and it's entirely preventable", said Tamer Kirolos, Save the Children's country director in Yemen, in the release. However, an activist told Sputnik the awakening that preceded the victory didn't fall from the sky - it was the result of years of hard work by peace activists.

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The Senate voted 63-37 to consider a resolution to remove US support of Saudi Arabia-led forces in Yemen, defying a White House memo strongly opposing the measure. Sen.

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

"We have got to make the decision as to what happens in the war in Yemen and our role in that, and that's what the vote today is about", stated Sanders. A recent report by Save the Children estimates 85,000 children under the age of five have died from acute malnutrition brought on by the war. "They would also like to know about the effects of the humanitarian crisis and whether United States military involvement has played a role in worsening that", Otis said.

"Try defending that outcome back home", he said. Pompeo did not mention Khashoggi in his prepared remarks to senators.

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The murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi has upended that dynamic. "Standing US National Guard and US Navy Reserve personnel, who are drawing salaries from the US government and who have security clearances, are part of this group's assassinations", Sleboda told Sputnik. "We should continue to confront Saudi Arabia more and more".

"Saudi Arabia, Britain and America are actually working together [in Yemen], in terms of weapons", Reza Kazim, a researcher at Islamic Human Rights Commission, noted. If they are successful, it will be the first time since the act was passed in 1973 that it has been used to end a foreign operation - putting the Senate in somewhat uncharted legislative territory. That said, it is far from clear that there are enough votes in the Senate to actually pass the bill - and it is nearly certain that the lame-duck Republican majority in the House will not take it up.

For more, we are joined by Shireen Al-Adeimi, a Yemeni scholar, activist and assistant professor at Michigan State University. Senate leaders may also pressure lawmakers to hurry through the resolution process, lest it complicate a December 7 deadline to pass a bill to fund the federal government.

Blunt, one of the two Senators from Missouri, received at least $19,200 in campaign contributions from firms representing Saudi Arabia in 2017, the CIP said, with Boozman, Burr, Crapo and Scott, representing Arkansas, North Carolina, Idaho and SC respectively, receiving contributions ranging from $1,000-$2,500 between 2016 and 2017.

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