Bahraini protest rages as another opposition leader arrested: here.
From the (Conservative) Daily Mail in Britain:
Duke of York made at least seven overseas trips last year promoting UK
List published today shows he was handed more than 100 gifts over year
They include everything from artefacts and art to sweets and fruit
The visits included at least three to the Middle East, including Bahrain
By Richard Spillett for MailOnline
Published: 16:19 GMT, 14 January 2015 | Updated: 16:52 GMT, 14 January 2015
Under-fire Prince Andrew received scores of gifts from dignitaries and organisations from around the world – including an Arctic Monkey’s CD, ten boxes of mangoes and an empty photo album.
During Andrew‘s overseas and UK trips he was handed well over 100 presents, which also included clothing, food, many books and a number of scale models. …
Andrew was also sent a platter of dates from Saudi Arabian Ambassador – Mohammed bin Nawaf Al-Saud.
He was presented with a decorative metal box from the Crown Prince of Bahrain, Sheik Salman bin Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa.
The Crown Prince pulled out of attending the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding in April 2011 following unrest in Bahrain. Human rights campaigners had petitioned against his attendance because of his government’s treatment of protesters.
Other gifts Andrew received during his official trip to Bahrain last January included a floral display from Sheikh Khalifa bin Salman al-Khalifa – who has been Bahrain’s Prime Minister for the last 43 years.
He was handed a number of scale models, including many of buildings, aeroplanes, one a Kuwaiti dow and others of a missile, an elephant and a horse. He was also given cufflinks, a number of ties, a necklace, a turban and a scarf.
He also got given a personalised mug of himself and a framed section of Lord Nelson’s mainsail, the records show.
Over the last month, Prince Andrew has come under fire over his past friendship with convicted paedophile Jeffrey Epstein, who has been accused in court documents of supplying the royal with an ‘under-age’ girl, widely named as Virginia Roberts.
Ms Roberts – now said to be a married mother-of-three in her 30s – alleges that between 1999 and 2002 she ‘was forced to have sexual relations with this prince’ in London, New York and on a private Caribbean island owned by Epstein.
Buckingham Palace has issued a statement strongly denying the allegations, which it says are ‘false and without any foundation’.
Virginia Roberts outlines underage sex claims against Prince Andrew: here.
Prince Andrew tried to broker crown property deal for Kazakh oligarch. Duke of York’s office urged crown estate to sell London house to tycoon who bought Andrew’s house for £3m over asking price: here.