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Saudi Arabia condemns US Senate 'interference' over Jamal Khashoggi murder

Saudi Arabia condemns US Senate 'interference' over Jamal Khashoggi murderSaudi Arabia has strongly denounced US Senate resolutions which called for an end to American support for Saudi forces in Yemen and blamed Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for the murder of Jamal Khashoggi.    The kingdom released an unusually forceful statement after both Democrat and Republican senators defied the White House and voted through the largely symbolic resolutions criticising Saudi Arabia.   "The Kingdom categorically rejects any interference in its internal affairs, any and all accusations, in any manner, that disrespect its leadership… and any attempts to undermine its sovereignty or diminish its stature,” the Saudi foreign ministry said. While Donald Trump has said he plans to stand by Saudi Arabia, the US-Saudi relationship is under increasing scrutiny from Congress and the American public after the death of Mr Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist.   The Senate resolutions have no legal weight but will add to pressure on Mr Trump over his administration’s close ties to the kingdom’s leaders.  How the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi unfolded Saudi Arabia insists Crown Prince Mohammed was not aware of the plan to kill Mr Khashoggi, even though one of his closest aides and several members of his security entourage were allegedly involved.  The kingdom argues that its bombing campaign in Yemen is in self-defence against Iranian-backed Houthi rebels who have fired ballistic missiles into Saudi territory. Human rights groups say indiscriminate Saudi bombing and a harsh blockade have killed thousands of civilians.  A UN-brokered ceasefire deal is due to go into effect Tuesday in the key port city of Hodeidah after peace talks between the Houthis and the Yemeni government in Sweden last week.  The agreement was looking shaky after intense fighting in Hodeidah over the weekend but UN officials said they were optimistic that the truce would go ahead. Residents reported sporadic fighting around the city on Monday.  A sustained ceasefire could be a major step towards a larger peace deal to end the three-year war, which is believed to have killed tens of thousands of people and brought millions of Yemenis to the brink of starvation.  Aid groups have warned that a full-on Saudi offensive in Hodeidah could destroy port facilities and stop badly-needed humanitarian supplies from reaching civilians. Mr Khashoggi, a Saudi contributor to the Washington Post, was killed on October 2 shortly after entering the kingdom's consulate in Istanbul in what Riyadh called a "rogue" operation. The murder has tarnished Riyadh's international reputation, and Western countries including the United States, France and Canada have placed sanctions on nearly 20 Saudi nationals. UN chief Antonio Guterres on Sunday called for a "credible" probe into the murder. Anger at the human cost of the war in Yemen has also prompted a harder line in Congress about the US military's role in backing Saudi-led coalition strikes against Huthi rebels. Since the coalition launched its campaign in 2015, the conflict has killed nearly 10,000 people, according to the World Health Organisation. But some rights groups believe the toll to be far higher.



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Saudi Arabia slams US Senate vote as 'interference'

Saudi Arabia slams US Senate vote as 'interference'Saudi Arabia on Sunday rejected as “interference” a US Senate resolution to end American military support for a Riyadh-led war in Yemen, and another holding its crown prince responsible for the murder of critic Jamal Khashoggi. “The kingdom condemns the latest position of the US Senate that was based on unsubstantiated allegations and rejects the blatant interference in its internal affairs,” the foreign ministry said in a statement released by the official Saudi Press Agency.



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Senators Clash with State Department over Saudi Arabia

Senators Clash with State Department over Saudi ArabiaA bipartisan group of senators emerged frustrated from a briefing with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Saudi Arabia policy Wednesday, with some even saying the classified meeting convinced them to buck the administration by publicly opposing the longtime U.S. ally. The Senate is considering a vote on a resolution that would end U.S. support for Saudi Arabia’s proxy war with Iran in Yemen. The contentious issue of the Yemen war was further complicated by the murder of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul last month.



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Big Senate Majority Rebukes Trump Administration, Saudi Arabia Over Yemen War

Big Senate Majority Rebukes Trump Administration, Saudi Arabia Over Yemen WarWASHINGTON ― A striking majority of senators voted Wednesday afternoon to move



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Bernie Sanders Is Forcing A Vote On Support For Saudi Arabia. Here's His Path To Victory.

Bernie Sanders Is Forcing A Vote On Support For Saudi Arabia. Here's His Path To Victory.WASHINGTON ― After months of global controversy over Saudi Arabia for its role



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Republican Senators Urge Tougher Stance On Saudi Arabia: Trump's Statement 'So Weak'

Republican Senators Urge Tougher Stance On Saudi Arabia: Trump's Statement 'So Weak'Republican senators on Sunday condemned President Donald Trump's decision to



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Saudi Arabia Allegedly Tortured Women's Rights Activists Before Khashoggi Murder

Saudi Arabia Allegedly Tortured Women's Rights Activists Before Khashoggi MurderIn the wake of the brutal torture and murder of Saudi journalist Jamal



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Twitter Erupts Over Donald Trump's Low Oil Price 'Thank You' To Saudi Arabia

Twitter Erupts Over Donald Trump's Low Oil Price 'Thank You' To Saudi ArabiaPresident Donald Trump sparked an immediate backlash on Twitter early



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Trump Thanks Saudi Arabia For Low Gas Prices After Jamal Khashoggi's Killing

Trump Thanks Saudi Arabia For Low Gas Prices After Jamal Khashoggi's KillingPresident Donald Trump on Wednesday thanked Saudi Arabia for the declining



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Trump Says U.S. To Stand By Saudi Arabia Even If MBS Ordered Khashoggi Murder

Trump Says U.S. To Stand By Saudi Arabia Even If MBS Ordered Khashoggi MurderThe United States will continue to back Saudi Arabia even if Saudi Crown



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