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Saudi Arabia's Mohammed bin Salman to meet Emmanuel Macron in France

Saudi Arabia's Mohammed bin Salman to meet Emmanuel Macron in FranceSaudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is due to arrive in France on Sunday, where his host President Emmanuel Macron is under pressure to halt lucrative weapons sales to the oil-rich kingdom because of its bombing campaign in Yemen. The two-day official visit comes after the prince’s weeks-long tour of the United States, Britain and Egypt, where the prince has courted business leaders and signed a host of multimillion dollar deals. The prince's agenda for the visit to France has not been made public – apart from his dinner with Mr Macron on Tuesday – and there was speculation as to whether he would stay in a chateau he owns that has been dubbed the “world’s most expensive home.” The property contains 10 bedroom suites, a grand reception room with a 52ft-high frescoed dome ceiling, a library, a wine cellar with space for 3,000 bottles, and a “meditation room” under the moat circled by an aquarium with huge sturgeon inside. The buyer was not identified at the time, but the New York Times  reported last December that the purchaser was the Crown Prince Mohammed – known colloquially as MBS.  The report was seen as an embarrassment for the 32-year-old prince who is preaching fiscal austerity at home while leading a major crackdown on corruption by the kingdom’s elite. Crown Prince Mohammed is considered the de facto Saudi leader and has recently led a modernising drive in the strictly religious kingdom, which includes allowing cinemas to open and women to drive, The French president treads a delicate line as he hosts the Saudi king-in-waiting during the visit that is expected to focus on cultural ties and investments, as well as the long-running war in Yemen, which has killed 10,000 people and left the country on the brink of famine. Mr Macron faces fierce criticism over the export of arms to the kingdom, which has been bombing Yemen since 2015 when a Saudi-led coalition intervened to fight Houthi rebels backed by Iran, the Saudis’ arch-enemy. "Emmanuel Macron should put Yemen at the centre of his discussions with Mohammed bin Salman as he hosts him in France," said a statement issued this week by ten international rights groups including Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch. They called for "the end of bombing targeting civilians and respect for international humanitarian law" as well as the "unconditional and permanent lifting on restrictions on the delivery of humanitarian aid and commercial goods to Yemen". A YouGov opinion poll last month showed that three out of four French believe it was "unacceptable" to sell weapons to Saudi Arabia because of the kingdom’s actions in Yemen.



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Bollywood Star Salman Khan Has Been Convicted of Poaching Protected Antelopes

Bollywood Star Salman Khan Has Been Convicted of Poaching Protected AntelopesKhan, one of Bollywood's biggest stars, was sentenced to five years in prison



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Bollywood actor Salman Khan guilty of poaching rare antelope 

Bollywood actor Salman Khan guilty of poaching rare antelope An Indian court jailed Bollywood star Salman Khan for five years for poaching on Thursday, lawyers said, a sentence likely to derail the career of one of the country's most popular actors. Khan, 52, was found guilty of violating wildlife laws by killing a blackbuck, an endangered species of antelope, in 1998. Four other Bollywood actors accused in the case were acquitted. The stocky Khan wore a black shirt and sunglasses as he entered the court followed by an entourage of aides. Television footage later showed police escorting him to jail in Jodhpur, in the western state of Rajasthan. Khan, one of India's biggest actors, has a checkered history of brushes with the law Television said Khan planned to appeal against the sentence. His lawyer, Anand Desai, told Reuters he had submitted a plea for bail which a judge will hear on Friday. The case was brought by members of a community known as the Bishnoi, who revere antelopes. The community has pursued the case against Khan for almost two decades and cheered the decision by setting off firecrackers near the courthouse and handing out sweets. Four other Bollywood actors accused in the case – Saif Ali Khan, Neelam, Tabu and Sonali Bendre – were acquitted, prosecution lawyer Mahipal Bishnoi said. Some actors came out in Khan's support. "I feel this is too harsh. I do hope he gets the relief he deserves," Arjun Rampal said. Khan has had a history of run-ins with the law. In 2015, Bombay High Court overturned his conviction in a hit-and-run case in which he was accused of running over a group of people sleeping on a city sidewalk, killing one and injuring four. Last year, another court in Jodhpur acquitted Khan in a separate poaching case, ruling that there was no proof that Khan had killed an endangered gazelle. Khan has made a series of blockbuster hits in the last few years with the latest in December, "Tiger Zinda Hai", grossing more than 3 billion rupees ($ 52 million) at the box office. His next film, "Race 3", is an action thriller scheduled for release later in the year. The court's ruling against Khan, who has 32.5 million followers on Twitter and was promoting his movie last week, sparked worries among Bollywood traders. "If he doesn't get bail, then the jail term will have repercussions," said Girish Johar, a trade analyst. "He is a big star, and has a lot of big films lined up, all scheduled to be released over the next two years." 



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Who Is Mohammed Bin Salman?

Who Is Mohammed Bin Salman?Saudi Arabia's new Crown Prince has earned a reputation at home as a reformer and has called for a loosening of some conservative social restrictions.



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Omar Mateen’s Widow Noor Salman To Be Detained Until Trial

Omar Mateen’s Widow Noor Salman To Be Detained Until TrialThe widow was charged last month with obstruction and providing aid to a terrorist organization, and was taken into custody by FBI agents at her home outside San Francisco.



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Indonesia, Saudi sign deals as King Salman starts landmark visit

Indonesia, Saudi sign deals as King Salman starts landmark visitIndonesia and Saudi Arabia Wednesday signed agreements in areas ranging from trade to aviation as the kingdom’s monarch visited the world’s most populous Muslim-majority country for the first time in almost half a century. King Salman was treated to an elaborate official welcome as he arrived in Jakarta, his latest stop on an Asian tour seeking investment opportunities, at the head of a 1,000-strong delegation including princes and ministers. After disembarking from his plane, he was met by President Joko Widodo before travelling past cheering crowds in pouring rain to a presidential palace at Bogor south of Jakarta, where he was greeted by a marching band, a mounted honour guard and a 21-gun salute.



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