>> Saudi Arabia's crown prince, Mohammad bin Salman, may be continuing his purge of the country's elite, including the royal family. 11 Saudi princes have reportedly been arrested at a rare protest at a palace in Riyadh. That's according to a local news site which said the princes had gone there to demand compensation for a death sentence given to a relative.
They were also reportedly angry over austerity measures that stopped among other things their utility bills from being paid off by the state, they were detained after refusing to stop their demands. Reuters has not been able to independently verify the report but last year the Saudi government rounded up dozens of royals and government officials in what they billed as a crackdown on corruption.
And it further strengthened the powers that Crown Prince Mohammad has gathered in recent years. At the time the elite were held this glitzy Ritz-Carlton hotel while they negotiated financial settlements.