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Donald Trump & Saudi billionaire Prince feuds on twitter, calls Trump ‘a disgrace to the US’

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Alwaleed bin Talal tweeted to Trump: ‘You are a disgrace not only to the GOP but to all America

Alwaleed bin Talal tweeted to Trump: ‘You are a disgrace not only to the GOP but to all America

A prominent Saudi billionaire who hoovered up Donald Trump’s assets when the presidential hopeful ran into cashflow problems in the 1990s has labelled the controversial candidate a disgrace to his country.

Alwaleed bin Talal owns a yacht once called the Trump Princess, which he bought in the early 90s after it was ceded to creditors and renamed the Kingdom 5KR. A few years later he took a stake in the Plaza hotel, once one of Trump’s favourite hotels.

In an apparent response to Trump’s widely condemned plan to bar Muslims from entering the United States – slammed by critics ranging from his own party leadership to boxing legend Muhammad Ali – Alwaleed called on Trump to drop out of the running to become Republican candidate for president.

“You are a disgrace not only to the GOP [the Republican Party] but to all America. Withdraw from the US presidential race as you will never win,” Alwaleed wrote on his Twitter account, which, with more than 4 million followers, is almost as popular as Trump’s.

Trump lost little time in hitting back, also using Twitter, accusing the mogul of being a clueless child of privilege.

“Dopey Prince @Alwaleed_Talal wants to control our U.S. Politicians with daddy’s money. Can’t do it when I get elected #Trump2016,” he said.

Critics were quick to point out that the US mogul himself is no stranger to family wealth.

He built his own business career on the back of a real estate empire created by his father. When it was handed on in the 70s it was worth around $200 million and, as Trump was one of five children, he got a 20% share.

Trump’s attacks on Muslims have already caused a business backlash in the Middle East, which his company just a few months ago had flagged as a key growth market.

The Lifestyle chain of department stores halted sales of his glitzy Trump Home line of lamps, mirrors and jewellery boxes.

“In light of the recent statements made by the presidential candidate in the US media, we have suspended sale of all products from the Trump Home decor range,” the CEO of Landmark, the parent chain of Lifestyle, Sachin Mundhwa, said in a statement.

It is one of the region’s biggest retail groups, with 190 stories in the Middle East, Africa and Pakistan.

His name and image were also stripped from an upmarket golf and housing development in the United Arab Emirates, Al Jazeera reported. Damac Properties declined to comment on the removal of his name and image from the property.

The changes hit one of Trump’s most lucrative income streams, licensing his name on everything from retail goods to luxury developments.

His daughter, Ivanka, executive vice president of development and acquisitions for his Trump Organization, told Hotelier Middle East in May that the company was looking at “many very compelling deals” in the region.

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I lost my mother and now I watch my wife falling victim to same powerful forces – Prince Harry shares his fear about Meghan Markle

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Prince Harry has shared his fears for his wife, Meghan Markle who has been subjected to “bullying” by the British Media in the last few months. 

In a lengthy emotional statement shared on Tuesday October 1, the Duke of Sussex revealed that they have instituted legal action against the Mail on Sunday newspaper over the publication of a private letter which their lawyers said was “unlawful.”

“There comes a point when the only thing to do is to stand up to this behaviour, because it destroys people and destroys lives. Put simply, it is bullying, which scares and silences people. We all know this isn’t acceptable, at any level. We won’t and can’t believe in a world where there is no accountability for this” Prince Harry said. 

“Though this action may not be the safe one, it is the right one.

“My deepest fear is history repeating itself. I’ve seen what happens when someone I love is commoditised to the point that they are no longer treated or seen as a real person. I lost my mother and now I watch my wife falling victim to the same powerful forces.”

I lost my mother and now I watch my wife falling victim to same powerful forces - Prince Harry shares his fear about Meghan Markle

35-year-old Prince Harry’s mother, Princess Diana was one of the most photographed women on the planet after she got married into the British royal family. She died in 1997 when her car crashed in a Paris tunnel while being chased by photographers. 

Prince Harry added: “Unfortunately, my wife has become one of the latest victims of a British tabloid press that wages campaigns against individuals with no thought to the consequences – a ruthless campaign that has escalated over the past year, throughout her pregnancy and while raising our newborn son. There is a human cost to this relentless propaganda, specifically when it is knowingly false and malicious, and though we have continued to put on a brave face – as so many of you can relate to – I cannot begin to describe how painful it has been.”

Prince Harry said the newspaper had “purposely misled (readers) by strategically omitting select paragraphs, specific sentences, and even singular words.”

I lost my mother and now I watch my wife falling victim to same powerful forces - Prince Harry shares his fear about Meghan Markle

However Mail on Sunday denied the claim, insisting they will be defending their case vigorously. 

“The Mail on Sunday stands by the story it published and will be defending this case vigorously,” said a spokesman.

“Specifically, we categorically deny that the Duchess’s letter was edited in any way that changed its meaning.”

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North Korea agrees to meet with US officials to resume nuclear talks after 8 months stand off

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North Korean officials have agreed to meet with United states government officials this weekend to resume nuclear talks after almost 8 months of stand off, according to a report by North Korea’s state news agency KCNA published Tuesday.

This comes weeks after former US National Security adviser, John Bolton, a well known anti-North Korea hawk, was sacked by Donald Trump on Twitter for his differences with the US president on North Korea, Afghanistan and Iran.

Months earlier, North Korean negotiators said they will be unwilling to negotiate with the US if they maintain their hawkish demands of unilateral disarmament and if John Bolton remains on the negotiating team, after the US and North Korea failed to reach any nuclear agreement and Trumped walked out during the last summit between the US and North Korea in Hanoi, Vietnam.

Kim wanted sanctions relief in exchange for partial disarmament but after Trump rejected such demands, North Korea has run several short-range missile tests angering US allies Japan and South Korea.

Citing a statement issued by North Korea’s Vice Foreign Minister Choe Son Hui, KCNA reported the two countries will make preliminary contact on Friday before sitting down for working-level talks Saturday.

“The delegates of the DPRK side are ready to enter into the DPRK-U.S. working-level negotiations,” Choe said in the statement, according to Reuters. The foreign minister used North Korea’s official name, which is the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK).

“It is my expectation that the working-level negotiations would accelerate the positive development of the DPRK-U.S. relations,” Choe said.

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Robert Mugabe buried in a steel coffin encased in concrete as family claims people are ‘after his body’

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The bizarre burial of Robert Mugabe saw the former Zimbabwean leader interred in a steel-lined coffin under a layer of concrete on Saturday, following a bitter dispute over his resting place between government officials, traditional leaders and family members.

Twenty-two days after he died, the body of the strongman was finally buried next to his home with second wife Grace Mugabe in Kutama, Zvimba, the village of his birth, 55 miles north west of Harare.

His eldest nephew, Leo Mugabe, who played a central role in the prolonged burial drama, said the coffin which brought his embalmed body to Harare from Singapore had to be changed for security reasons.

 “People really are after his body or his body parts, so we wanted something that is tamper-proof. That is why the casket was changed,” he told a local radio station.

After the coffin was lowered into the ground in a private ceremony close to the home which Grace Mugabe had built after their marriage, concrete was laid down around it.

Mugabe’s family claimed that this was the burial place he had ultimately wanted and had spoken of in the last six months of his life in Singapore, angry that he had been ousted from power two years ago by his long-time ally, President Emmerson Mnangagwa.

Mrs Mugabe, 54, draped in heavy black lace for more than three weeks, had made it clear to all who would listen that Mr Mnangagwa and his loyalists were not welcome at the burial. Had he been buried at Heroes Acre, the burial ground commissioned by her late husband and the resting place preferred by the government, she would not have been able to prevent their attendance. Crucially, it would also have meant him being buried next to his first wife, Sally Mugabe, still regarded by many as the “mother” of the Zimbabwean nation.

Grace Mugabe had claimed that her late husband did not want to be interred at Heroes Acre, the burial ground and national monument which also holds the grave of his first wife, Sally
Grace Mugabe had claimed that her late husband did not want to be interred at Heroes Acre, the burial ground and national monument which also holds the grave of his first wife, Sally Credit: Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi/AP

Amid various conflicting claims over his wishes, Mugabe, who died of cancer aged 95, had reportedly also said that he wanted to be buried next to his mother elsewhere in Zvimba. Leo Mugabe asserted that this was not possible due to a lack of space – although The Telegraph ascertained that there was in fact plenty of available ground within a few yards of his mother’s ornate grave. 

Last week, Mrs Mugabe had come up with another proposal, saying she wanted her late husband buried in the grounds of their Harare mansion, informally known by locals as the Blue Roof. 

But the Harare City Council said that was not possible as the land was not a cemetery. Mrs Mugabe then also discovered that the title deeds of the multi-million pound home, with massive landscaped grounds, lake and wildlife, was in the name of a company owned by the ruling Zanu PF party. 

In a late twist in the saga, the Mugabe family had finally agreed, after negotiations with traditional leaders and the government, that the former president could after all be buried at Heroes Acre. But this was on the condition that a mausoleum would be built for him on the crest of the hill overlooking hundreds of graves of his former colleagues, mainly from the war against Rhodesian minority white rule. 

 Mugabe’s sons, Robert Jnr and Chatunga, agreed the site of the mausoleum, and building began – only for the plan to be changed again. The costs of the abandoned preparations are not known. 

The official funeral service for Mugabe, attended by 11 African heads of state, was held two weeks ago in a half empty stadium in Harare.

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