Intercept: Saudi crown prince bragged about Kushner relationship

    Eager to consolidate power and rein in the sprawling orbit of the Saudi royal family and aristocratic class, Prince bin Salman listened intently and a week later cracked down on corruption in the country by imprisoning more than 200 members of the country's ruling class inside the confines of the Ritz-Carlton hotel in Riyadh, charging each with corruption. "What we did in Saudi Arabia was extremely necessary," the Saudi crown prince told CBS in his first interview with a Western outlet. "All actions taken were in accordance with existing and published laws." A spokesman for Kushner declined to comment on the allegation. But a spokesman for Kushner's lawyer -- Peter Mirijanian -- slammed the report.

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    Iran officials mocked over foreign links

    It began with a televised address in Iran in celebration of Persian New Year on Tuesday, when Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei urged Iranians to support local products rather than importing from abroad. Soon afterwards, photos began to emerge on social media of some officials purportedly failing to follow that advice - including Khamenei himself. A photo of the Supreme Leader apparently getting out of a BMW was liked more than 1,200 times, with some people reposting the image alongside a picture of pre-Islamic Republic Prime Minister Amir-Abbas Hoveyda driving the first Iranian-made Paykan car in the 1960s. This tweet reads: "The PM of the corrupt Pahlavi regime driving a domestically made car, but

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    Mum begs hospital to allow daughter home

    A mother has pleaded with health bosses to end her disabled daughter's "prolonged" stay in hospital. Laura Clode, 26, was admitted to Llandough Hospital in Cardiff nine months ago and has not yet been allowed to return home. Ms Clode, who suffered from involuntary seizures, was told she could leave the mental health unit six months ago. Cardiff and Vale University Health Board said it was sorry for delays putting a care package together. Her mother, Pamela Dungey, 53, from Barry, said: "She is well enough to come home, but she is still stuck in hospital. "The longer she is there the more and more depressed she is becoming. She is constantly in tears and just wants to come home." Ms Dungey said

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    Doha releases terror list with links to anti-terror quartet and Qatar itself

    Qatar has released a terror list that includes individuals and entities linked to the anti-terror quartet. The list included 11 Qataris, one Saudi, four Egyptians and two Jordanians. Of the entities, Yemen’s Ihsan Charity Association, Egypt’s Wilayat Sinai and six Qatari entities that used to be backed by the government were on the list. The UAE’s Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash said that 10 of the individuals on the list were already included in three of the terror lists issued by the quartet.

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    Saudi crown prince meets Republican, Democratic congressmen in Washington

    The royal discussed bilateral Saudi-US relations with the congressmen, and opportunities for development within the kingdom’s Vision 2030 plan. (SPA)

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    UAE expat community show support to family after husband dies on Emirates flight

    The UAE’s expat community has come together in a time of need after a young British family residing in the country lost a husband and father onboard an Emirates Dubai-bound flight. The late man, a New Zealand resident, died on a flight from Christchurch to Dubai on March 18, reported The National. The family currently awaits autopsy results at a hotel in the emirate. Upon hearing the news, social media platforms buzzed calling for support to the young family.

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    Canadian 'sorry' for role in drug scheme

    A Canadian woman was recruited by her "sugar daddy" to make a drug smuggling trip look like a holiday, she told an Australian court. Melina Roberge, 24, refused to name the man in court, saying she feared for the safety of her family back home, Australian media reported. Roberge is one of three Canadians who has pleaded guilty to trying to smuggle cocaine on a ship into Australia. She and Andre Tamine, 64, initially denied involvement in the scheme. But the pair changed their pleas regarding the import of 95kg (210lb) of drugs on cruise ship MS Sea Princess ahead of a trial that was due to start last month. A third Canadian, Isabelle Lagace, 29, was sentenced to seven and a half years in jail