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From chess sets to model jets, foreign leaders lavish gifts on Trump White House

From chess sets to model jets, foreign leaders lavish gifts on Trump White HouseForeign leaders gave Trump and his family gifts valued at more than $ 140,000 in 2017, according to an annual report.



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Jeremy Hunt warns Russia not to play 'diplomatic chess games' over British man arrested for spying

Jeremy Hunt warns Russia not to play 'diplomatic chess games' over British man arrested for spyingBritish Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt warned Russia on Friday against playing "diplomatic chess games" following the arrest of Paul Whelan, an ex-Marine with dual UK and US citizenship, on spying charges. Paul Whelan was formally charged on Thursday, and could face up to 20 years in prison if convicted. It was alleged that he had been handed a USB drive containing a secret list of Russian agents.  His case has been linked to that of Maria Butina, a Russian national convicted for seeking to influence US politics during the 2016 presidential election. "We don't agree with individuals being used in diplomatic chess games… We are all extremely worried about him and his family," Mr Hunt told the BBC in an interview. US officials in Moscow informed UK counterparts of Mr Whelan’s dual nationality status. The revelation will add to existing tensions between London and Moscow, after the poisoning of Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia, in Salisbury last March.   Mr Whelan, 48, was arrested for spying on December 28 at the Metropol hotel, yards from the Kremlin.  Outside of the Lefortovo detention centre in Moscow, where Paul Whelan is being held. His lawyer has meanwhile asked for bail Credit: REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov Vladimir Zherebenkov, the ex-marine’s lawyer, told Interpol that he had appealed against the charges and had requested that Mr Whelan be released on bail. A decision is not expected soon.  According to the Associated Press, Mr Zherebenkov said he visited Mr Whelan on Wednesday and found him in a “in a good mood and cracks jokes”.  On the same day, the American ambassador to Russia, Jon Huntsman, met Mr Whelan at Lefortovo prison, a former KGB facility, where he is being held.  Washington has pushed for an explanation to Mr Whelan’s detention. Mike Pompeo, the US secretary of state, said he would demand his “immediate return” if the US found the detention was inappropriate.    Mr Whelan’s family has said that he was visiting Moscow for the wedding of a fellow former Marine, and that he had been to Russia “numerous times” since 2007.   He was born in Canada to British parents, and later moved to the US. His brother David Whelan said their family was from the West Midlands.     Russian authorities have given no further information about Whelan’s arrest.



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Israelis seek compensation after Saudi chess snub

Israelis seek compensation after Saudi chess snubThe Israel Chess Federation said Tuesday it is seeking compensation from the organisers of a tournament in Saudi Arabia, after the Gulf state refused to issue visas for its players. The King Salman World Rapid and Blitz Championships is the first international chess competition held in Saudi Arabia, perceived as a display of the conservative kingdom’s growing openness to the West. The regulations of the organisers, the World Chess Federation (FIDE), stipulate that no player should be refused the opportunity to participate, but players from three states — Iran, Qatar, and Israel, had initially not received visas.



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Russian Chess Legend on Trump: 'He's Playing Into Putin's Hands'

Russian Chess Legend on Trump: 'He's Playing Into Putin's Hands'In an interview with NBC News, Russian chess champion Gary Kasparov said Trump should be wary ahead of his Friday meeting with Russian Pres. Vladimir Putin.



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Girl barred from Malaysia chess competition over 'seductive' dress

Girl barred from Malaysia chess competition over 'seductive' dressA 12-year-old girl was barred from a Malaysian chess tournament over her “seductive” dress, her coach has claimed, igniting public outrage against the organisers of the competition in the Muslim-majority nation. The Malaysian Chess Federation on Tuesday said it would investigate and denied that religious sensitivities had prompted the decision to exclude the young player, as it seeks to curb the public backlash. In a widely-shared Facebook post, trainer Kaushal Khandhar said his pupil felt “harassed and humiliated” after being forced to withdraw in the middle of the the National Scholastic Chess Championship on April 14.



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