Saudi Ara­bian princes are ar­rested

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On 4 Novem­ber, Saudi Ara­bia’s Crown Prince Mo­hammed bin Sal­man or­dered the ar­rest of some of the most in­flu­en­tial peo­ple in the coun­try, in­clud­ing 11 of his royal cousins.

Saudi Ara­bia is a coun­try in the Mid­dle East gov­erned by the al-Saud fam­ily. The crown prince’s fa­ther, King Sal­man bin Ab­du­laziz al-Saud is the head of state. How­ever, many peo­ple say that Crown Prince Mo­hammed re­ally rules Saudi Ara­bia, not King Sal­man, and that he wants even more power.

The Saudi gov­ern­ment says it ar­rested these peo­ple as part of an ef­fort to re­duce cor­rup­tion (that means dis­hon­est be­hav­iour by those in power) and to en­cour­age other coun­tries and businesses to trade with Saudi Ara­bia. Other peo­ple say the crown prince wants to get rid of any­one who might want to seize power from him.

Among those ar­rested was Prince Mu­taib bin Ab­dul­lah, who is thought to be the crown prince’s main ri­val. One of the world’s rich­est men, Prince Al­waleed bin Talal, was also ar­rested. He has been ac­cused of mak­ing money il­le­gally, among other things. Prince Al­waleed is thought to be worth around £13 bil­lion, and owns three palaces.

Crown Prince Mo­hammed bin


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