CORRUPTION CRACKDOWN

Ritz Carlton Riyadh May Re-Open in February as Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Reportedly Negotiating for Release

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The palatial Ritz-Carlton in Riyadh may re-open in mid-February 2018 after it served as a makeshift detainment center for Saudi elites accused of corruption charges.

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