Saudi tourist brings four gold cars worth more than £1m to London

He also has a Rolls-Royce Phantom Coupe2, a two-door version of the world’s most desirable limousine. With a 6.75-litre engine, the 350,000 vehicle – described by the British manufacturer as being perfect for transcontinental adventures – will reach speeds of 155mph.

Saudi Tourist Brings Four Gold Cars Worth More Than £1m To London

For outright performance, the young man – believed to be in his 20s – has also got a Lamborghini Aventador SuperVeloce. The supercar, worth around 350,000, has a 6.5-litre V12 engine which accelerates from 0-62mph in 2.7 seconds and has a top speed of 217mph.

Saudi Tourist Brings Four Gold Cars Worth More Than £1m To London

The Saudi petrolhead has also brought along his gold Bentley Flying Spur, which has been customised by Mansory. The four-door 220,000 limousine will hit 200mph.

Saudi Tourist Brings Four Gold Cars Worth More Than £1m To London

Every year, wealthy luxury owners arrive in London from the Middle East with their collection of flash supercars. On a number of occasions, the foreign supercars have been driven dangerously around the affluent residential streets, angering locals who are kept awake by the sound of revving engines3.

Last year, following numerous complaints, the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea introduced a Public Spaces Protection Order4 in Knightsbridge. Motorists are now banned from revving their engine, rapidly accelerating, racing, performing stunts, sounding horns or causing obstructions. They are also prohibited from leaving the engine of a stationary car running.

Over the past three weeks, seven drivers have been handed fixed penalty notices.

Council leader Cllr Nick Paget-Brown said: “It’s too early yet to judge the success of the PSPO but the police and the council will continue to ticket drivers who breach it until the message gets through that our residents are not to be disturbed by supercars.”


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US tourist killed in wave of attacks in Israel as Joe Biden arrives for visit

Minutes earlier, a young Palestinian man wounded two Israeli police officers as he opened fire from a motorcycle in a drive-by shooting in East Jerusalem. He was killed in an exchange of gunfire. A Palestinian man also stabbed an Israeli in an off-license in the city of Petah Tikva. The victim pulled the knife out and stabbed the attacker to death with it, according to Israel’s Channel 10.

Earlier in the day a 51-year-old Palestinian woman was shot dead after allegedly trying to stab an Israeli police officer in Jerusalem. The violence made for a bloody start to Mr Biden’s two-day visit.

US Tourist Killed In Wave Of Attacks In Israel As Joe Biden Arrives For Visit

Speaking just a few minutes from the scene of the Jaffa attack, the vice president said: “We have absolutely, total unvarnished commitment to the security of Israel. There is no evidence that the attacks were coordinated, however police said it was possible that Mr Biden’s visit was a “general trigger” for the violence.

They represent another grim day in the midst of a wave of violence that has killed around 183 Palestinians and 28 Israelis. Most the of Palestinian dead were killed while attacking Israeli troops or civilians, according to the Israeli military. There are few hopes that Mr Biden’s visit will lead to movement on the peace process, which has stagnated amidst recriminations on both sides.

The visit is expected to focus instead on a new ten-year US military aid package for Israel that is being negotiated between the two sides.

US Tourist Killed In Wave Of Attacks In Israel As Joe Biden Arrives For Visit

The US provides Israel around $3 billion ( 2.1 billion) a year in military aid under a an agreement that is due to expire in 2018. Israel hopes that the new agreement, referred to as the “memorandum of understanding”, will increase that figure but the two sides have yet to reach a deal. Benjamin Netanyahu has suggested that if the Obama administration is unwilling to meet his requests, he could wait until a new president takes office in January 2017 and negotiate with them instead.

Mr Biden arrived amid a fresh spat between Mr Netanyahu and the White House. The Israeli leader was expected to fly to Washington later this month but abruptly called off the trip – apparently with no warning to President Barack Obama. The White House issued an unusually pointed statement saying it was “surprised to first learn via media reports that the prime minister, rather than accept our invitation, opted to cancel his visit”.

US Tourist Killed In Wave Of Attacks In Israel As Joe Biden Arrives For Visit

Mr Netanyahu’s office denied that he had surprised the White House and said he called off the trip to avoid becoming entangled in the heated politics of the US presidential election. Mr Biden may also focus on supporting nascent reconciliation talks between Israel and Turkey. The two Middle Eastern countries have been in a diplomatic freeze since Israeli naval commandos killed nine Turkish activists on a Gaza-bound flotilla in 2010.

Shortly before Christmas, they announced they had reached the outlines of an agreement to restore ties but have yet to reach a final agreement. Mr Obama personally brokered an apology phone call from Mr Netanyahu to Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the Turkish president, during a visit to the region in 2013. Mr Biden may hope to secure a similar movement.

The US vice president will meet with Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian leader, in the West Bank city of Ramallah on Wednesday night.

Mr Abbas is expected to tell Mr Biden that the Palestinian people and their semi-government, the Palestinian Authority, are at breaking point as time passes without any prospect of a peace deal with Israel.


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Kurdish militants claim Ankara bombing and threaten further attacks in tourist areas

Turkey has been hit by a series of attacks in recent months including its worst terror attack in modern history in October last year. More than 100 people were killed in twin suicide bombings3 by Isil-linked terrorists. The bombing injured at least 80 others and took place in the administrative heart of the capital, close to parliament and other government ministries.

The day after, the Turkish4 president and prime minister blamed Syrian Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) and Democratic Union Party (PYD), linked to the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK). The groups denied any link to the attack. The TAK also vowed to destroy Turkey’s tourism as it warned foreigners and Turkish citizens away from “touristic areas”.

“We warn the foreign and native tourists not go to the touristic areas in Turkey. We are not responsible for who will die in the attacks targeting those areas,” it said.

Earlier in the day, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the Turkish president, said the attacker, named by authorities as Salah Najar, was part of the YPG.

Kurdish Militants Claim Ankara Bombing And Threaten Further Attacks In Tourist Areas

There are three names who played an active role. The perpetrator is the Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union5 (PYD) and the YPG. We have no doubt about that, Mr Erdogan said on Friday, according to Hurriyet Daily News6. Since the 1980s, the Turkish state and Kurdish guerrilla fighters from the PKK have been locked in a bloody conflict, which saw up to 40,000 killed over three decades.

In 2013, there was a breakthrough with a ceasefire between the state and the PKK, but that collapsed7 last summer. Since then, hundreds of civilians, police and military officers as well as fighters have been killed. The TAK first came to the attention of Western media in recent months after it launched a mortar bomb attack on Sabiha Gokcen airport8 in Istanbul in December. An airport cleaner was killed and several aeroplanes were damaged. But it is not the first time the group has launched attacks in popular areas with tourists.

In June 2010, five people were killed after an attack on a military bus in Istanbul while later that year in October, a suicide bomb hit police at Taksim Square in Istanbul. More than 30 people were injured. The group claimed the October attack9 but the PKK condemned the bombing and urged for an end to them.


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