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Saudi Ritz Carlton to reopen after being used as luxury prison in corruption purge

Saudi Ritz Carlton to reopen after being used as luxury prison in corruption purgeThe luxury Riyadh hotel used as a prison during Saudi Arabia's crackdown on corruption will reopen for business next month, suggesting authorities are close to settling the cases of many suspects. Dozens of princes, senior officials and top businessmen were detained and confined in the five-star Ritz-Carlton Riyadh as the government launched the purge in early November. The some 200 detainees occupied half the hotel's 492 rooms. The rest was closed to business. The hotel's website now accepts bookings from Feb. 14, quoting a nightly rate for its cheapest room of 2,439 riyals (£480). Saudi authorities have said they expect the vast majority of suspects to agree to financial settlements of charges against them, and that Riyadh hopes to recover about $ 100 billion of illicit funds. A small number are expected to be prosecuted. Construction giant Saudi Binladin Group said on Saturday that some of its shareholders might transfer part of their holdings to the state in a settlement with authorities. Chairman Bakr Bin Laden and several family members were detained in the crackdown. In late November, senior Saudi Prince Miteb bin Abdullah, once seen as a leading contender to the throne, was freed after reaching a settlement with authorities that involved paying more than $ 1 billion, according to a Saudi official. Another top businessman who has been held at the Ritz-Carlton is billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, chairman and owner of global investment firm Kingdom Holding. A Saudi official said this week that he was negotiating a possible settlement but so far had not agreed on terms. It has been rumoured, Mr Talal, one of the world’s richest men, could be forced to pay as much as $ 7bn. Saudi Arabia is in the midst of a massive political and economic shake-up, marked by the sudden appointment of Prince Mohammed bin Salman as crown prince in June. The 32-year-old son of the king has spearheaded the unprecedented crackdown on corruption among members of the government and royal family, as he consolidates his grip on power in the kingdom.



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Texas Man Who Used Grindr To Assault And Rob Gay Men Gets 15 Years

Texas Man Who Used Grindr To Assault And Rob Gay Men Gets 15 YearsA 21-year-old Texas man has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for using Grindr to rob and assault gay men.



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Trump Just Used Normal Winter Weather To Undermine The Science Behind Climate Change

Trump Just Used Normal Winter Weather To Undermine The Science Behind Climate ChangePresident Donald Trump used forecasts for what could be record-breaking cold weather over New Year’s Eve to push a widely disproven talking point denying climate change.



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Priest who used to be KKK member apologizes 40 years later

Priest who used to be KKK member apologizes 40 years laterARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — A former Ku Klux Klan member who burned a cross on a black couple's lawn 40 years ago, before becoming a Roman Catholic priest, has finally written his victims an apology.



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Blake Farenthold Used $84,000 In Taxpayer Money To Settle Sexual Harassment Claim, Politico Reports

Blake Farenthold Used $  84,000 In Taxpayer Money To Settle Sexual Harassment Claim, Politico ReportsPolitico on Friday identified Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-Texas) as the congressman who used $ 84,000 in taxpayer funds to settle a sexual harassment claim.



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US woman raises more than $100,000 for homeless man who used last $20 to buy her petrol when she ran out

US woman raises more than $  100,000 for homeless man who used last $  20 to buy her petrol when she ran outKate McClure, 27, was driving on the I-95 interstate motorway in Philadelphia when she noticed she had an empty tank. Ms McClure promised to return to pay Johnny back and later set up a GoFundMe page to raise money for him. “That’s when I met Johnny.



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How Harvey Weinstein Used Elaborate Nondisclosure Agreements To Silence Accusers

How Harvey Weinstein Used Elaborate Nondisclosure Agreements To Silence AccusersHollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein used lengthy nondisclosure agreements (NDAs) attached to hefty monetary settlements to prevent accusers from coming forward with reports of his alleged serial sexual predation, as detailed in a new story from The New Yorker’s Ronan Farrow published on Tuesday.



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Texas Church Shooter Claimed He Used Dogs As Target Practice, Says Former Colleague

Texas Church Shooter Claimed He Used Dogs As Target Practice, Says Former ColleagueA former Air Force colleague of the man who killed 26 people at a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, has come forward with disturbing details about the shooter.



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How Twitter Bots And Sockpuppets Used Trump's Tweets To Mess With Virginia's Governor's Race

How Twitter Bots And Sockpuppets Used Trump's Tweets To Mess With Virginia's Governor's RaceB̤̿it̺̕B͓̚ur͍̒neȑ (@bitburner) November 6, 2017 WASHINGTON ― A Twitter network of bots and “sockpuppets” played a critical role last month in amplifying President Donald Trump’s race-baiting tweets in support of Ed Gillespie, the Republican candidate in a mud-flinging Virginia gubernatorial race that will be decided tomorrow.



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Man Allegedly Used Ice Cream Truck To Lure And Sexually Assault Children: Police

Man Allegedly Used Ice Cream Truck To Lure And Sexually Assault Children: PoliceHe is being held on $ 1 million bond.



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