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Ritz-Carlton to re-open after holding royals in Saudi Arabian purge

RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA:  The Ritz-Carlton in Riyadh, a holding place of royals and ministers detained in a sweeping Saudi Arabian corruption probe, will re-open for business in February, a source at the hotel said Monday. The source, who requested anonymity as he was not authorised to brief the press, said there were "preparations to open in February" but could not give further details. The Ritz-Carlton website was listing rooms as available from February 14. The hotel has been closed for bookings since early…

Saudi Arabia says 201 people held in corruption crackdown

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia said Thursday 201 people are being held for questioning over an estimated $100 billion in embezzlement and corruption, after the biggest purge of the kingdom's elite in its modern history. Princes, ministers and a billionaire business tycoon were among dozens of high-profile figures arrested or sacked at the weekend, as Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman consolidates power. The purge comes amid heightened regional tensions, with Saudi Arabia and Iran facing off over a missile attack from Yemen and a…