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EDINBURGH — After the Sars Wars fake news fiasco, it’s tempting to take Sunday Times stories built on interviews with anonymous sources with a pinch of salt. Nevertheless, it was the Sunday Times that lifted the lid on President Jacob Zuma’s secret talks with Russia to develop a nuclear build programme designed mostly to feather his friends’ nests. The Sunday Times has also exposed many dodgy Gupta deals. At the weekend, the Sunday Times published a report alleging that President Jacob Zuma was in talks with Qatar to sell troubled state-owned arms entity Denel. A spokesman for the presidency has denied the report, which first surfaced in the Qatar media. Denel announced in August that it was ending its joint venture with Gupta-linked VR Laser given the negative attention the brand suffered, locally and internationally, reports Fin24. – Jackie Cameron