In this Wednesday, June 21, 2017, photo released by Al-Ekhbariya, Mohammed bin Salman, (MBS) newly appointed as crown prince, left, kisses the hand of Prince Mohammed bin Nayef at the royal palace in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. (Al-Ekhbariya via AP, File)
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An anti-corruption probe that has purged Saudi Arabian royals, ministers and businessmen appeared to be widening Monday after the founder of one of the kingdom's biggest travel companies was reportedly detained.Among those detained are 11 princes, four ministers and tens of former ministers, according to Saudi officials.The round-up also targeted Prince Miteb bin Abdullah, who was detained and replaced as minister of the powerful National Guard, recalling a palace coup in June which ousted his elder cousin, Mohammed bin Nayef, as heir to the throne and interior minister.Many ordinary Saudis have praised the round-up of princes and ministers as long-awaited and needed to modernize the economy.In September, King Salman announced that a ban on women driving would be lifted, while Prince Mohammed is trying to break decades of conservative tradition by promoting public entertainment and visits by foreign tourists.
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