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Yemenis ‘pay the price’ for UK and America’s ‘brazenly hypocritical’ arms deals – Amnesty

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Amnesty International has condemned the US and Britain for supplying arms to Saudi Arabia, arms which have then been used to kill hundreds of civilians in Yemen.

Figures from the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute show that the two countries have sent weaponry worth more than $5 billion to Saudi Arabia since Riyadh’s intervention began in March 2015. This is over 10 times the approximately $450 million that the US State Department and the UK’s Department for International Development have sent (or planned to send) in humanitarian aid to Yemen over the same period, which Amnesty has described as a “shameful contradiction.”’

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‘Donald Trump’s flagship healthcare bill has been killed off after failing to secure enough support from Republicans, in a major embarrassment for the US President during his first attempt at passing legislation through the House.

The decision, made just minutes before the vote was due to take place, will be viewed as a significant set back for Mr Trump, who has promised to repeal and replace Obamacare.

Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan told Mr Trump just ahead of the scheduled Friday vote that there were too many dissenting Republicans to pass the American Health Care Act. The White House could only afford to have 22 Republicans vote ‘no’ on the bill.’

Read more: Donald Trump forced to kill healthcare bill after failing to win Republican support for vote in Congress

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‘A federal judge in Virginia has ruled in support of President Donald Trump’s latest travel ban for people from six Muslim-majority countries. The ruling comes a week after two federal courts decided against the ban.

In a decision hailed by the White House, US District Court Judge Anthony Trenga ruled Friday that the revised travel ban could go forward, seeing the latest version as markedly different from the Trump administration’s initial effort. The first version of the travel ban was the subject of negative rulings in federal court last month, most recently in the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in Seattle, Washington.

Signed on March 6, Trump’s second travel-ban executive order placed a 90-day suspension on the issuance of visas to citizens of the six nations – Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen – and all refugee admissions into the US for 120 days.’

Read more: Trump has authority to issue revised travel ban, Virginia judge rules

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‘Donald Trump has given a presidential permit to the controversial Keystone XL pipeline project – a major boost for Canada-based developer TransCanada.

Environmentalists have objected to the construction of the 875 mile line, which would carry up to 830,000 barrels of oil a day. It requires presidential approval because the project will cross the US’s northern international border.

White House press secretary Sean Spicer tweeted that Mr Trump, who claims the pipeline will create many thousands of jobs, would discuss the pipeline later.

The State Department said it determined that building Keystone served the US national interest. Under the Obama administration, the same department reached the opposite conclusion.’

Read more: Donald Trump gives presidential approval to Keystone XL oil pipeline

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‘Brexit was caused in part by climate change, former US Vice-President Al Gore has said, warning that extreme weather is creating political instability “the world will find extremely difficult to deal with”.

Mr Gore, speaking at an event in which he previewed a sequel to his landmark 2006 documentary, An Inconvenient Truth, said the “principal” cause of the Syrian Civil War had been the worst drought in 900 years, which forced 1.5 million people to move from the countryside to the cities.

There they met a similar number of Iraqis who had fled the conflict in their homeland, creating powder keg conditions that Syrian government officials privately feared would explode.’

Read more: Climate change helped cause Brexit, says Al Gore

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‘Prime Minister Theresa May has reportedly vowed to break the 1964 London Convention and ban European fishing vessels from waters 6 to 12 nautical miles from British shores.

The convention would allow some European fishermen to catch in British waters even after Brexit, when the UK will no longer be part of the EU common fisheries policy. A notice period of two years will be given to EU fishing groups.

The end of the agreement would see foreign vessels lose out significantly, as 58 percent of the fish caught in British waters is taken by non-British fleets. In turn, British boats catch just 21 percent of their fish in European waters.

EU fishing groups have since threatened to bring in tariffs on British fish exports if access is withdrawn for European boats.’

Read more: EU boats could be blocked from British waters if Brexit talks break down

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‘US authorities have charged a Lebanese businessman with dodging sanctions imposed against him over his alleged financial support to the Hezbollah resistance movement, the Department of Justice has announced.

The Justice Department said in a statement that Kassim Tajideen pleaded not guilty in a federal court in Washington, DC, on Friday.

The 62-year-old billionaire businessman will remain in prison until his next hearing, which is scheduled to be held in the coming week, according to the statement.

He was arrested on March 12 in Morocco after an international warrant was issued by Interpol’s office in Washington, Reuters reported earlier this week.’

Read more: US charges Lebanese businessman with evading sanctions

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