Morning top 5: Dozens detained in Saudi corruption purge; Citizens' Assembly to vote on climate action; Trump arrives in Asia

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Ten princes and dozens of former Government ministers have been detained a major anti-corruption purge in Saudi Arabia, according to reports in the country.

The arrests came hours after a new anti-corruption committee was formed by royal decree on Saturday, according to Saudi-owned Al Arabiya TV.

The new committee is headed up by the heir to the throne and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal - who owns stakes in Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp and social media site Twitter - is reportedly among those detained.


The US President Donald Trump is due to discuss North Korea's nuclear programme with Japan's prime minister - as he begins his first official tour of Asia.

Speaking at an air base in Tokyo, the US president praised American and Japanese troops as the 'greatest threat to tyrants and dictators.'

He also said their nations face challenges and opportunities.

The President’s Asian tour will take in five countries - with his second stop being South Korea. He is also likely to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin while in Vietnam.


The Citizens Assembly is meeting for a 2nd day on climate change.

Delegates are expected to hear about how Ireland is on course to miss their targets by a wide margin.

Members will take part in a secret ballot later to finalise their recommendations to submit to the Oireachtas.

Yesterday the meeting heard that car congestion levels in Dublin are at 43% - with campaigners warning there needs to be more radical thinking about the future of the transport sector.


A hunt is continuing for a gang of 4 who assaulted and robbed a farmer in County Offaly this week.

It happened at Brosna near Birr around 2am yesterday, when the gang forced their way into a farmhouse, attacking the owner and locked him in a shed.

He managed to free himself and raised the alarm while the raiders escaped with a small amount of cash.

It is understood this is the second time the farmhouse was targeted by thieves in the past six weeks.


Survivors of sexual violence are starting to feel more confident about coming forward, according to the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre.

It comes following the high profile allegations against Hollywood figures Kevin Spacey and Harvey Weinstein.

DRCC chief executive Noeline Blackwell said survivors are finding it easier to speak openly about their experiences – and challenging those who have abused their power.

She said the recent revelations are beginning to show that there are consequences for sexual harassment.