USA senators send rebuke to Saudis, Trump over Khashoggi killing

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"The president of the United States has refused to halt arms sales to Saudi Arabia in part because he is more interested in appeasing U.S. defense contractors than holding the Saudis accountable for the murder of a Washington Post journalist or for the thousands of Yemeni civilians killed by those weapons", Warren said in a speech at American University.

Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland is speaking to reporters about the sanctions from the G20 leaders summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

The G-20 summit is set to begin on Friday, bringing together several world leaders, including US President Donald Trump, Russian President Vladimir Putin and others.

A media release from Global Affairs Canada said these Saudis "are, in the opinion of the Government of Canada, responsible for or complicit in the extrajudicial killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi on October 2, 2018".

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Saudi Arabia was the second-largest purchaser of French arms between 2008 and 2017, with deals totalling more than $12.5bn.

Seventeen Saudi nationals have been rendered inadmissible to Canada.

Earlier this week, MBS was also met with widespread protests during a visit to Tunisia.

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USA intelligence officials have concluded that the Saudi crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, must have at least known of the plot, but Trump has equivocated over who was to blame.

However, the announcement is mostly symbolic, as it is unlikely that a prosecution could commence before the crown prince leaves Argentina.

In a foreign policy address today, MA senator and potential 2020 contender Elizabeth Warren criticized Trump for his close-knit relationship with the Saudis despite the growing backlash against Riyadh in the wake of Jamal Khashoggi's murder. This led some lawmakers to call for the U.S.to take a tougher stand against Saudi Arabia.

Argentinian federal prosecutor Ramiro González accepted the case, HRW said Wednesday.

The U.S. intelligence community, however, will not be represented at the briefing.

It was unclear whether the French president was calling for an worldwide investigation beyond existing Turkish and Saudi probes.

The crown prince and Modi also agreed on investing in solar energy, it added.

The vote on Wednesday was a rebuke not only to Saudi Arabia but also to Trump's administration, which has made clear it does not want to torpedo the long-standing US relationship with Riyadh over the killing.

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