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|The U.S. Senate passed legislation on Tuesday that would allow families of Sept. 11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia's government for damages yeezy boost 350 v2 uk , setting up a potential showdown with the White House, which has threatened a veto. The Saudis, who deny responsibility for the 2001 attacks, strongly object to the bill. They had said they might sell up to $750 billion (￡518.6 billion) in U.S. securities and other American assets in retaliation if it became law.
The "Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act adidas yeezy boost 350 uk ," or JASTA, passed the Senate by unanimous voice vote. It must next be taken up by the U.S. House of Representatives, where the Judiciary Committee intends to hold a hearing on the measure in the near future, a committee aide said.
If it became law adidas nmd chukka trail uk , JASTA would remove the sovereign immunity, preventing lawsuits against governments, for countries found to be involved in terrorist attacks on U.S. soil. It would allow survivors of the attacks, and relatives of those killed in the attacks adidas nmd human race uk , to seek damages from other countries.
In this case, it would allow lawsuits to proceed in federal court in New York as lawyers try to prove that the Saudis were involved in the attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon.
Saudi Foreign Minister Adel bin Ahmed al-Jubeir has said his country's objection to the bill is based on principles of international relations. "What (Congress is) doing is stripping the principle of sovereign immunities which would turn the world for international law into the law of the jungle," he said in a statement on Tuesday.
James Kreindler, a prominent trial lawyer who represents 911 families and won large payouts for the victims of the 1988 bombing of Pan American Airways Flight 103 over Scotland adidas nmd r2 womens uk , said he expected the bill to pass the House and become law.
"It would be crazy for (President Barack) Obama to veto bipartisan legislation (which would) open (U.S.) courts to victims of the worst terrorist attack in U.S. history," Kreindler said.
Senator Charles Schumer, a New York Democrat and a JASTA co-sponsor, said the bill is overdue.
"Today the Senate has spoken loudly and unanimously that the families of victims of terrorist attacks should be able to hold the perpetrators adidas nmd xr4 uk , even if it's a country, a nation, accountable," Schumer told a news conference.
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Republican Senator John Cornyn adidas nmd city sock uk , also a sponsor of the bill, said JASTA does not target the Saudis, although he alluded to a still-classified section of a report on the Sept. 11 attacks that Saudi critics say might implicate Riyadh.
"We have yet to see the 28 pages that have not been yet released about the 911 report, and that may well be instructive adidas nmd xr1 uk ," Cornyn said at the news conference.
Other lawmakers who have seen the 28 pages have said releasing them would quiet such rumours.
Cornyn said it was up to the court to decide whether the Saudis were liable. "I don't believe that this will be destructive of the relationship that we have with the kingdom of Saudi Arabia," he said.
The White House said Obama still plans to veto JASTA.
"This legislation would change long-standing, international law regarding sovereign immunity," White House spokesman Josh Earnest told a daily press briefing.
"And the president of the United States continues to harbour serious concerns that this legislation would make the United States vulnerable in other court systems around the world."
Asked if Senate Democrats would back a veto adidas nmd high top , Schumer said he would vote against Obama.
Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, who had opposed the bill, said the version passed on Tuesday eased his worries that it might leave U.S. allies more vulnerable to lawsuits, for example if groups based within their borders but not supported by their governments were behind a terrorist attack.
"We don't want to alienate allies adidas nmd runner womens uk , but we do want to create redress if a nation-state was involved in helping a terrorist organisation attack American interests, and I think they should be held liable," Graham said in a brief interview.
by Ronald Ssekandi
BUKWO， Uganda， Oct. 25 (Xinhua) -- After her husband lost her job at the district administration， Janet Yeko， a mother of four children had to take the center stage in feeding and taking care of her family.
Every morning， she braves the dew to till her land in a remote village in this mountainous eastern Ugandan district of Bukwo.
After working her garden， she rushes to the market to sell some of her vegetables to boost the household income. Her husband stays in the garden till the afternoon when he retires home to a meal prepared by Yeko after she returns from the village market.
Like many families in Uganda， this is Yeko's daily routine if the family is to survive. Many families in Uganda derive their livelihood from agriculture. Government figures indicate that up to 80 percent of the country's total population of over 35 million people derive their livelihood from agriculture.
Experts argue that this type of farming should not continue to be the trend if millions of Ugandans are to be pulled out of poverty.
James Tumwine， a top ministry of agriculture official told Xinhua in a recent interview that the east African country can borrow from China's experience of using agriculture to fast track development.
Tumwine said whereas the environment and conditions between Uganda and China may vary， Uganda could use some of the principles.
He argued that there is already an existing mechanism， South to South Cooperation， th.