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Workers were busily returning a beach in southern France to its previous condition after the premature departure of Saudi King Salman, whose commandeering of the coastline had caused uproar among locals. King Salman made an early exit on Sunday from the Cote d'Azur only eight days into what was initially billed as a month-long vacation. More than 150,000 people signed a petition in France against the closure of the strip of sand in front of the king's villa, which is near Cannes, and the heavy security measures put in place during his stay.
Malaysia's anti-graft agency has said that nearly $700 million deposited into the prime minister's personal bank accounts were from "donations" and not related to a brewing scandal. Prime Minister Najib Razak has faced mounting pressure in the past year over a series of revelations alleging that hundreds of millions of dollars were siphoned off from a state-owned company linked to him. The Wall Street Journal last month reported that Malaysian government investigators had found nearly $700 million was routed to his personal bank accounts.