Canada imposes sanctions on 17 Saudi nationals

The US senate has delivered a significant rebuke to the Trump administration by defying the advice of its top officials and advancing a measure that would cut American military support for the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen.

As part of an examination of Khashoggi's death, the head of Canada's spy agency was dispatched to Turkey earlier in November to gather information and listen to a recording Turkish authorities have of Khashoggi's killing.

"Pulling back our limited United States military support, our weapons sales to partners and our protection of the Saudi and Emirati populations would be misguided on the eve of the promising initial negotiations", Mattis said in his prepared remarks to senators, referring to the talks in Sweden that UN Yemen envoy Martin Griffiths hopes to convene next month.

The position of many senators changed after the president dismissed the intelligence community's assessment that Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman likely ordered the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

The Canadian minister said the G20 meeting will offer Canada and allies an opportunity to discuss further steps on Saudi Arabia. "That's all I can say in an unclassified setting".

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday also defended America's support for Saudi Arabia in the Yemen war, warning lawmakers the conflict would worsen without US involvement.

Macron also said he has no planned meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump during the summit, but he hinted they might have occasion for talks on the sidelines. Mr Mattis was also to make the case against a vote on a measure to invoke the War Powers Resolution, an act that could end United States involvement in Yemen, since Washington's role in the war is not operational.

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He went on to thank Saudi Arabia on Twitter for the current low oil prices and also compared the low prices to a big tax cut for the U.S. He implored Saudi Arabia to go lower in terms of oil prices.

Human Rights Watch accuses the prince of war crimes in Yemen and responsibility for the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

CIA Press Secretary Timothy Barrett said Haspel didn't attend because the CIA already briefed the Intelligence Committee and congressional leadership and "will continue to provide updates on this important matter to policymakers and Congress", adding that "the notion that anyone told Director Haspel not to attend today's briefing is false".

Khashoggi was killed in what US officials have described as an elaborate plot at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, which he had visited for marriage paperwork.

A previous round in Geneva collapsed in September when the Houthis failed to show up.

The resumption of funding is also in line with King Salman's intervention in the past year insisting that the kingdom was committed to Palestinian rights, including declaring East Jerusalem as the capital of the Palestinian state.

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