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Mandela’s former aides reveal pivotal role KSA played in his fight for freedom

  • The Saudi royal family supported many of Mandela’s charitable causes over the years and always extended great hospitality, reveals Zelda La Grange, Mandela's private secretary for 19 years
  • Saudi Prince Bandar bin Sultan was among a handful of Mandela’s closest friends at his wedding to his third wife in 1998
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New evidence of Qatar’s $1 billion ransom that funds terror

  • 28 Qataris were taken hostage on Dec 16, 2015, while hunting with falcons in southern Iraq, having ignored all warnings about not traveling to the area
  • Qatar paid the biggest ransom in history: $1 billion plus $125 million in “side payments” to terrorist groups such as the Al-Nusra and Kataib Hezbollah
By ANNA PUKAS ·

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Iraq online shutdown cost ‘$40m a day’

  • The banking sector, airlines, businesses and mobile phone companies faced severe disruptions
  • Internet partially restored but social media sites remain blocked
By SUADAD AL-SALHY ·

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Turkey avoids US flak with Patriot missile bid

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Saudi efforts to ‘heal Afghan division’ win royal approval

  • The forum urged all Afghan factions to halt the fighting and work toward “reconciliation between brothers
  • China’s Belt and Road initiative will link the interests of China and Arab countries
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‘Deal reached to evacuate pro-regime Syria towns’

  • The deal provides for the total evacuation of residents in the two towns, which are besieged by the rebels
  • Airstrikes killed 14 civilians in Ain Al-Tina village on Quneitra’s border with Daraa
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British caver says he approached by US, British lawyers over Musk’s comments

  • Shares of Tesla Inc. fell more than 3.5 percent on Monday, knocking almost $2 billion off the company’s market value
  • Musk’s spat with Unsworth started last week, after rescue teams rejected Musk’s offer of a mini-submarine created by his rocket company SpaceX
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Airbus sees regional demand for A220

  • Airbus acquired a majority stake in the C-Series program in October officially rebranding it in April to the A220
  • The US low-cost carrier JetBlue last week became the first purchaser of the aircraft since its rebrand
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Joe Root’s century seals England series win over India, maintains No. 1 ODI ranking

  • This was Root’s second unbeaten century in successive innings
  • Joe Root became England’s leading one-day international century-maker
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Egypt targets social media with new law

  • Social media accounts and blogs with more than 5,000 followers on sites such as Twitter and Facebook will be treated as media outlets
  • The media council will supervise the law and take action against violations
By Reuters ·