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Senators Push Saudi Arabia to Improve Antiterrorism Efforts

Republican and Democratic senators sought today to compel Saudi Arabia to intensify its antiterrorism efforts, calling for a variety of measures, including the removal of a powerful member of the royal family from public office and asking the United States government to consider criminal charges against Saudi entities that sponsor terrorism. Senator Charles E. Schumer, Democrat of New York, wrote the Saudi ambassador to the United States, Prince Bandar, asking that Prince Nayef, Saudi Arabia’s interior minister, be replaced for failing to stem the flow of terrorist money from his country. And in a contentious Senate hearing today with senior American law enforcement officials, Senator Arlen Specter, Republican of Pennsylvania, said that economic sanctions have failed to rein in Saudi terrorist financing and said criminal sanctions should be considered as an alternative. Full Story

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