Saudi Arabia seeks death penalty for 5 suspects in Khashoggi killing

Prince Mohammed bin Salman arrives at Ministro Pistarini in Buenos Aires Argentina

In a statement, the American president said "foolishly" cancelling US$110-billion in arms sales - as some in Congress have suggested - would only mean that Saudi Arabia would go to other countries to acquire them. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) told AFP.

It voted 63-37 to allow debate to proceed on the resolution, after Mike Pompeo, the Secretary of State, and Defence Secretary Jim Mattis failed to sway undecided senators to continue the military support for the war coalition.

The Argentine prosecutor has asked a judge to determine whether Saudi Arabia or Yemen are investigating Prince Mohammed for alleged crimes against humanity, AP reported on Wednesday.

Yemen, already the region's poorest nation before the outbreak of war, was in a full-blown humanitarian crisis.

The conclusions, and the fact that CIA Director Gina Haspel didn't appear, angered some senators.

The G-20 summit is the first worldwide forum attended by the Saudi Prince's since the crisis over the grisly murder of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2.

Graham, a Republican from SC, called the meeting "inadequate", and threatened to withhold his vote from all pending legislation - including a new government funding bill - until the Senate receives a Central Intelligence Agency briefing on the matter.

They said that the Saudi Development Fund will also finance two projects worth about US$140 million, but did not give more details. But senators have demanded the White House be more forthcoming about intelligence gathered on the Khashoggi killing and have signalled they may back broader sanctions against the kingdom. "Having said that, the way the administration has handled the Saudi Arabia is just not acceptable".

"Crown Prince informed PM that Saudi will be finalising an initial investment into national infrastructure fund", ANI quoted Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale as saying.

"I don't think there's anybody in the room that doesn't believe he was responsible for it", Senator Bob Corker, the Republican chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, told reporters after the briefing.

"I think our concern. and the need to say we want to weigh in on this issue, which has global implications, is that we are extremely disappointed over the lack of concern" in the White House's response to the incident, Harnett said. "So, a lot has changed in the last few months to get us to this point".

The British government's UN resolution calling for a Yemen ceasefire has been blocked by heavy lobbying from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, chief participants in the war.

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