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Saudi king gives most to Obamas

Foreign leaders showered President Barack Obama and his family with hundreds of thousands of dollars in art, jewelry, rare books and other presents during their first year in the White House. Saudi Arabia's king was the most generous.

Government documents released yesterday show that King Abdullah gave the Obama family nearly $190,000 (€142,000) in luxury baubles in 2009. That includes the single-most valuable gift reported: a ruby and diamond jewellery set worth $132,000 for the first lady.

Irish Independent