Canada imposes sanctions on 17 Saudis over killing of journalist Khashoggi

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The War Powers Act resolution, which is sponsored by Sens. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) told AFP. With a 63-37 vote, the Senate moved to advance the resolution, which was sponsored by Sens.

Saudi Arabia for its war in Yemen.

The Senate considering a resolution later on Wednesday that would stop USA refuelling and other support for the Saudi-led campaign in Yemen. The U.S. has provided limited support, including intelligence sharing, logistics and, until recently, aerial refueling, according to the White House.

Gold parried concerns about the bill's fate in the Republican-controlled House of Representatives, noting the importance of peace activism behind making Saudi Arabia's war in Yemen into a humanitarian concern widely-enough known for it to have become impalatable for Democrats to continue justifying support for Riyadh in that war.

"Our security interests can not be dismissed", Mattis said, even as Washington seeks accountability for Khashoggi's murder, a crime which "our country does not condone".

"It is quite remarkable that in these last three years, where the U.S. has been so involved in this devastating war in Yemen, there has been so little coverage", Codepink co-founder Medea Benjamin told Radio Sputnik's Fault Lines on August 21 after news of the Yemeni school bus hit by Saudi planes firing US-made weapons broke. Pompeo did not mention Khashoggi in his prepared remarks to senators. "Saudi Arabia, due to geography and the Iranian threat, is fundamental to maintaining regional and Israeli security, and to our interest in Mid-East stability".

When asked how Canada would handle interactions with bin Salman, Freeland said, "We obviously are aware of the membership of the G20 and who will be here".

Pompeo and Mattis visited Capitol Hill on Wednesday morning to lobby against the resolution. He accused lawmakers of "caterwauling" and the media of a "pile-on" over Khashoggi's murder.

Senatorial frustration is understandable, given that the administration sent Pompeo and Mattis to cheerlead the administration's policy of status quo with Saudi Arabia, but not an intelligence official who could provide answers to questions not tailor-made to fit the policy, former CIA analyst Cindy Otis said.

She says the federal government is reviewing its arms sales to Saudi Arabia, and adds while this review is underway no new export permits will be granted to the Kingdom.

Several senators said they were angry about the absence of CIA Director Gina Haspel from the pre-vote briefing.

Saudi Arabia has acknowledged the Washington Post columnist, a USA resident, was killed inside the kingdom's Istanbul consulate in October but has blamed his death on a "rogue" operation.

"We also have a crown prince who is out of control, a blockade in Qatar, the arrest of a prime minister in Lebanon, the killing of a journalist... and whether there's a smoking gun", Corker said, "I don't think there's anybody in the room who doesn't believe he was responsible for it".

"The CIA looked at it", Trump tells journalists at the White House.

In the face of that, Congress is set to vote on a war powers resolution this week, which would withdraw US support for the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen, and is considering sanctions or other penalties for the kingdom.

"I am ready to discuss it with the crown prince or with any Saudi official because I believe it is a very important objective at the present moment", said Guterres. He noted that the measure may yet be amended to find some middle ground. The 19-vote swing is a sign of congressional disaffection with the Saudi regime in the wake of the murder of Saudi-born journalist Jamal Khashoggi and continued reports of civilian casualties in Yemen.

"This conflict isn't optional for Saudi Arabia, and abandoning it puts American interests at risk too", Pompeo said. In March, the proposal failed 55-44.

"It's outrageous that the Senate can be stonewalled from hearing from the Central Intelligence Agency director", Menendez said.

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