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President Barack Obama has vetoed a Bill allowing 9/11 families to sue Saudi Arabia.
President Barack Obama has vetoed a Bill allowing 9/11 families to sue Saudi Arabia.PHOTO: REUTERS

Obama vetoes Bill allowing 9/11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia

President Barack Obama vetoed a Bill allowing 9/11 families to sue Saudi Arabia, risking fierce public backlash and a rare congressional rebuke.

Expressing "deep sympathy" for the families of the victims, Obama said the law would be "detrimental to US national interests."

The White House tried and failed to have the legislation - which was unanimously backed in Congress - substantially revised.

Obama now faces the prospect of Republican and Democratic lawmakers joining forces to override his veto for the first time in his presidency.


Goldman Sachs cutting nearly 30 per cent of Asia investment banking jobs - sources

Goldman Sachs is cutting almost 30 per cent of its 300 investment banking jobs in Asia outside Japan in response to a slowdown in activity in the region, two sources familiar with the matter told Reuters.

The Wall Street bank is reducing the number of bankers working on mergers and acquisitions (M&A), and equity and debt capital markets deals, the sources said.

Most of the jobs cuts are likely to take place in Hong Kong, Singapore and China, where Goldman's main Asian offices are located, they added.


Fierce air strikes on Aleppo after Syrian army declares offensive

Warplanes bombed Aleppo with what residents described as unprecedented ferocity after the Russian-backed Syrian army declared an offensive to fully capture Syria’s biggest city, killing off any hope of reviving a ceasefire.

Video images filmed by residents showed a young girl screaming as rescuers frantically dug her out of rubble, pulling her out alive. Another showed rescuers digging out a toddler with their bare hands, shouting “God is Great” as they lifted him from the debris. It was not known whether the boy was dead or alive as he was rushed off in a rescuer’s arms.

The apparent collapse of US-backed peacemaking may mark a turning point in the five-year civil war, with the government and its Russian and Iranian allies now seemingly determined to crush the rebellion in its biggest urban stronghold.


Football: Gray gets four game ban for 'homophobic' tweets

Burnley striker Andre Gray will serve a four match suspension after being found guilty of misconduct for homophobic comments he posted on Twitter in 2012, England's Football Association announced.

The 25-year-old published the tweets when he was a non-league player, but they resurfaced on social media after he scored in Burnley's 2-0 home win over Liverpool in the Premier League last month.

One tweet read: "Is it me or are there gays everywhere? #Burn #Die #Makesmesick."


Football: I'm the worst manager in the history of football, says sarcastic Mourinho

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has sarcastically labelled himself the worst manager in the history of football after he faced criticism following a recent slump in form.

"It is very difficult to retain the title," Mourinho told reporters. "History says that. Not many in the Premier League have done it.

"One team was Manchester United and another was managed by the worst manager in the history of football (Mourinho at Chelsea 2005-2006)."