Canada sanctions 17 Saudis over Khashoggi

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Mr Trump has been eager to prevent Mr Khashoggi's killing from derailing United States ties with Saudi Arabia, around which the administration has built much of its Mideast strategy.

The sanctions will freeze the assets of those individuals in Canada, said the country's foreign minister in a statement.

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Canada says it is also now reviewing its arms sales to Saudi Arabia.

Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker, R-Tenn., said in the past he had "laid in the railroad tracks to keep us from doing things that I believe are against our national interest as it relates to Saudi Arabia".

While Mr Pompeo and Mr Mattis said there was no direct evidence connecting Prince Mohammed (MBS) to the murder, any downgrading of US-Saudi ties in response would hurt homeland security.

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

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After repeated calls from members of Congress for a strong U.S. response to Khashoggi's death, both Mattis and Pompeo briefed the Senate behind closed doors about Saudi Arabia's war in Yemen and the murder of Khashoggi.

The first hurdle for this proposed honor was cleared Wednesday when a neighborhood group approved a resolution that would symbolically designate part of the street that runs in front of the Embassy of The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia as "Jamal Khashoggi Way".

The Senate acted after President Trump indicated he would not take steps against Saudi Arabia despite the murder of dissident Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

Macron also said he had called a meeting to coordinate the views of European G20 leaders on policy challenges ahead of the summit, which begins on Friday. "Personally, I'm in favour of transparency and associating the worldwide community in this affair, because the whole world is concerned", he said.

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

Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, a frequent ally of Mr Trump, vowed he won't vote to wrap up key legislative business this year - including a spending bill needed to avert a partial government shutdown - until he receives a briefing from Central Intelligence Agency director Gina Haspel on Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's possible role in the assassination.

"Saudi Arabia is a permanent member of the G-20 and, as such, he is attending. This issue, which has impacted the world, is on the table and it may come out in bilateral meetings or not, or in the G20 agenda", Macri said.

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