Defying Trump, US Congress blocks arms sales to Saudi Arabia Jul 19, 2019 0 665 12345 The US House voted to block $8.1 billion in arms sales to Saudi Arabia and other allies, a rebuke of Donald Trump that will likely lead to a veto by the president.Lawmakers, many of whom are outraged with the kingdom over Riyadh’s role in the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi last year, approved three resolutions that would prevent the controversial sales announced under emergency measures earlier this year by Trump.The resolutions blocking the sales have already cleared the US Senate, and now go to the White House, where Trump is expected to issue the third veto of his presidency. While the House blocked the sales with a comfortable majority, it was about 50 votes shy of the two-thirds needed to override Trump’s veto.Trump is seeking 22 separate sales of aircraft support maintenance, precision-guided munitions and other weapons and equipment to Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Jordan at a moment of heightened tensions in the Middle East. Critics say the arms sales would aggravate the devastating war in Yemen, where Saudi is leading a US-backed coalition in a battle against the Iranian-supported Houthi rebels, and which the UN said has triggered the world’s worst humanitarian crisis. (AFP) page 5 POST A COMMENT RELATED ARTICLES 9.5% profit growth shows strength of Qatari banks: KPMG Jul 19, 2019 0 526 Iran impounds foreign tanker for fuel smuggling, arrests its crew Jul 19, 2019 0 1863 SC completes 200 mn work hours at Qatar 2022 World Cup projects Jul 19, 2019 0 616 Local dates festival to kick off at Souq Waqif on July 23 Tribune News Network Doha The fourth local dates festival will kick off at Souq Waqif on July 23. The festival will run until August 3. More than 80 local farms are expected to take part in the festival. Organised by the .. Arson attack at Japan animation studio kills 33 A suspected arson attack at an animation production company in Japan killed 33 people and injured dozens more on Thursday, after a man reportedly doused the building with flammable liquid and shouted “drop dead”. A ..