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Daniel Craig puts his Bond car up for auction

LOS ANGELES: James Bond is parting with his personal Aston Martin. Actor Daniel Craig, who has played the British spy known as 007 in four films, is auctioning for charity the limited-edition vehicle made for him by Aston Martin four years ago, Christie’s auction house said on Thursday. Aston Martin cars have appeared in Bond films over nearly 50 years, beginning with 1964’s “Goldfinger” in which Sean Connery drove a silver Aston Martin DB5. The brand has appeared in all four Bond films starring Craig. Craig’s…

Saudi Arabia raises $17.5 bn in first global bond issue

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia raised $17.5 billion in its first international bond offering, HSBC said Thursday, reflecting strong interest as the kingdom seeks to diversify its oil-dependent economy. The bond issue -- the first time Saudi Arabia has turned to international markets for financing -- was hailed as historic by investors and according to official media was nearly four times oversubscribed. "It was the biggest syndicated issue ever by any country," said Jean-Marc Mercier, co-director of the debt capital markets division…

Saudi plans up to $17.5 bn in first bond issue: Bloomberg

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia plans to raise up to $17.5 billion from its first international bond issue, Bloomberg News reported on Wednesday, as analysts expect strong buyer interest. It would make the Saudi issue the largest ever from an emerging-market nation, said Bloomberg News, which cited two people with knowledge of the offer. The figure exceeds the $15 billion which an analyst had previously told AFP could be the value of the issue. Saudi Arabia, the world's largest oil exporter, projected a budget deficit of $87 billion…