Bill allowing 9/11 suits against Saudis sent to Obama

first_img“If nobody objected to the bill [passage], I don’t know why they would change their vote on a veto override,” Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-Texas), one of the chief backers of the legislation, said Monday. “This would be the first one under this president, and I think it would be well deserved.”The Obama administration has listed several concerns with the legislation. For one, the legislation could potentially lead to different judges in different courtrooms coming up with differing terror designations about the same country, Earnest said — in contrast to the current process within the administration deeming certain nations state sponsors of terrorism.The White House is also worried that the legislation could open up the U.S. government to legal retaliation by foreign governments — a concern it underscored again on Monday.“The president feels quite strongly about this,” Earnest said Monday. “Our concern is not limited to the impact it could have on a relationship with one country, but rather it could have an impact on our relationship with every country around the world in a way that has negative consequences for the United States, for our national security, and for our men and women in uniform.”Depending on when Obama sends a veto message back to the Capitol, lawmakers could vote to override it as quickly as this month, although the exact timing is unclear and the expectation among some had been that a veto override vote would likely come in the lame-duck session. The timing also depends on how quickly lawmakers in both chambers move an interim spending measure through December 9 that has to pass by the end of this month.“I presume we would not leave until we have a chance to vote on a veto override following” passage of the short-term spending measure, Cornyn told reporters Monday. “We just don’t know what the timing’s going to be. We don’t know how quickly the House is going to move on the [continuing resolution] and we don’t know what sort of things might happen in between.” The White House on Monday received legislation passed unanimously by Congress that would allow families of the victims of the September 11, 2001, terror attacks to sue Saudi Arabia — triggering a 10-day timeline for President Barack Obama to either sign or veto the measure.White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest emphasized Monday that Obama still plans to veto the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act, which unanimously passed by the House last Friday on the eve of the 15th anniversary of the attacks and is likely to result in the first veto override of his presidency.Obama has 10 days to act on the measure starting Tuesday, congressional aides said. Sundays don’t count in the 10-day timeframe, so that means Obama must act by September 23 after receiving the legislation Monday night. And with such forceful backing on Capitol Hill, key lawmakers were urging Obama to reconsider his opposition to the measure.“The families of the 9/11 victims have suffered so much and fought so hard for justice,” Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), who led efforts in the Senate on behalf of the measure, said in a statement Monday. “I hope for their sake that the administration will rethink vetoing this bill.” Also On POLITICO Dept. of History ‘We’re the only plane in the sky’ By Garrett M. Grafflast_img read more

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Burkina Faso recalls ambassador to Libya over “slave markets” report

first_imgMinister of Foreign Affairs Alpha Barry of Burkina Faso in Manhattan, New York, U.S. September 19, 2016. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri Minister of Foreign Affairs Alpha Barry of Burkina Faso in Manhattan, New York, U.S. September 19, 2016. REUTERSBurkina Faso’s foreign minister said on Monday it had recalled its ambassador to Libya over a report that black African migrants were being auctioned as slaves there.The decision comes after CNN broadcasted footage of what it said was an auction of men offered to Libyan buyers as farmhands and sold for $400, a chilling echo of the trans-Saharan slave trade of centuries past, Reuters reports.Foreign Minister Alpha Barry announced the decision by President Roch Marc Kabore in a news conference.“The president of Burkina Faso has decided to recall the ambassador to Tripoli, General Abraham Traore, for a consultation,” Barry said.He added that he had also “summoned the Libyan charge d‘affairs in Ouagadougou to express our indignation at these images that belong to other centuries, images of the slave trade”.African and European leaders are due to meet in Ivory Coast’s main city of Abidjan next week, where migration and Europe’s efforts to tackle it by co-opting Libya will be high on the agenda.The U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra‘ad al-Hussein said last month that a European and African deal to stem the flow of migrants coming through Libya to Europe had failed to tackle the severe abuses they face.A study by the UNHCR revelled that movements by sea from Libya to Europe, have increased and are likely to rise, despite being the most dangerous route for reaching the continent.last_img read more

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‘We’ll bounce back’ – Rovman Powell optimistic about Tallawahs’ chances in upcoming CPL tournament

first_imgAll-rounder Rovman Powell, who is expected to captain the Jamaica Tallawahs franchise in the upcoming Caribbean Premier League (CPL) season, says his team will be doing all it can to win over the Jamaican fans after a bad 2019 campaign.Powell was speaking to reporters after the announcement by the CPL of the retention of players for the Jamaican franchise. The two-time champions have retained just four players, the least number of any of the teams so far. These are hard-hitting all-rounder André Russell, wicketkeeper-batsman Chadwick Walton, fast bowler Oshane Thomas, and Powell.“I think it’s a pretty decent bunch we have retained,” Powell said. “Obviously, Chris [Gayle] will be missed, but we have batters in myself, Russell, and Chadwick. “We have pace with Oshane and Russell, but what I think is needed is a good-quality wrist-spinner because every good team has one.“I believe we will have to do the bulk of the shopping in the draft.”Powell said that key players for the franchise will be expected to do better this season.“Once that is done and the Tallawahs start winning, we will get back on the fans’ good side,” he said. Rebuilding The Tallawahs are expected to announce their international retention and signings at a later date, and Chief Executive Officer Jeff Miller says the rebuilding process for the Jamaican franchise has begun.“The Tallawahs organisation will be seeking to rebuild in 2020,” he said. “We are extremely excited to have André Russell back for another year. André was recently named as the leading T20 cricketer in the world by the 2020 edition of Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack. “We are delighted for the opportunity to retain Oshane Thomas and Rovman Powell, both rising stars in West Indies and world cricket.“I’m looking forward to having the veteran Chadwick Walton back in the dressing room. Chadwick brings a wealth of leadership experience to the team and has been a dominant player over the years in the CPL. Overall, we are looking forward to a successful CPL 2020 and returning the championship to Jamaica.” The CPL is scheduled to take place between August 19 and September 26, but the tournament organisers are monitoring the situation with the COVID-19 pandemic closely and are liaising with medical advisers and governments of participating territories. A decision on whether the tournament can proceed as planned, or at a different time, will be made soon.last_img read more

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