Mohammed bin Salman 'hinted about Bezos affair'
It is an extraordinary tale involving the world's richest man and the heir to the Saudi throne. Mohammed bin Salman is alleged to have personally attempted to "intimidate" billionaire Jeff Bezos with a WhatsApp message implying he had incriminating information about his extramarital affair in the weeks after Jamal Khashoggi's murder. UN investigators said the Saudi crown prince appeared to have sent a suggestive message to the Amazon chief's personal iPhone in November 2018. The aim is alleged to have been to make The Washington Post owner tone down his paper's critical coverage of the Saudi journalist's death several weeks earlier. Middle East Correspondent Raf Sanchez explains how the prince is also alleged to have hacked Mr Bezos's phone. Head of Technology Robin Pagnamenta asks: If Jeff Bezos can be hacked so easily, what does that say about Amazon's security? And Matt uses the story as inspiration for today's cartoon.
Meanwhile, it emerged Boris Johnson may have been vulnerable to a similar hack as several former government figures revealed he had communicated with Prince Mohammed using WhatsApp. An ex-Foreign Office source said they were "99pc sure" the Prime Minister had done so. Ben Riley-Smith explains the other Western officials who could have been vulnerable because of WhatsApp conversations with the prince.
Deadly virus: Passengers 'not screened' at Heathrow
The Department of Health has announced checks for coronavirus symptoms on all passengers on direct flights from the Chinese city at the centre of the outbreak. But last night people arriving at Heathrow Airport from Wuhan said they were not screened for the deadly virus. It comes as the city of 11 million people is put in effective quarantine from this morning - with air, bus, ferry and rail terminals all closed in a bid to prevent people leaving and potentially spreading the disease. The outbreak has infected at least 571 people and killed 17. From symptoms to treatment, this is everything you need to know about coronavirus.
Sussexes could help pay security bill in Blair-style deal
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will pay towards their own security if they are commercially successful, in a model echoing Tony Blair's arrangements. As Chief Reporter Robert Mendick reveals, the couple are offering a contribution towards their security bill (currently funded by taxpayers) after they complete their transition from working royals. Meanwhile, the Duchess of Cambridge has disclosed she felt "isolated" as a first-time mother when Prince William was working nights. Read on for her rare moment of candour. And Charlie Gowans-Eglinton explains the relatable message behind Kate's UK "tourdrobe".
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