>> Saudi Arabian authorities have arrested 11 princes after they protested at a palace in Riyadh, the public prosecutor said on Saturday. The princes who were not identified had staged a sit-in on Thursday in protest over a new measure that cut one of their perks, state payment of their utility bills.
Saudi Arabia, the world's top oil exporter, has been imposing austerity measures to try to cope with a drop in crude prices that has caused a large budget deficit. The princes were also protesting a death sentence handed in 2016 against one of their cousins. They were detained after refusing to leave.
This was just the latest dust-up in the Saudi royal family following the rapid rise of Saudi crowned prince Mohammed Bin Salman. Last year, under his authority, dozens of princes and government officials were rounded up in what was billed as a crack-down on corruption. But widely seen as move by the crowned prince to strengthen power.
The detained were held at the five star Ritz-Carlton hotel, while they negotiated financial settlements for their release.