Kurdish Leader In Iraq Steps Down As Independence Movement Stalls
Since the referendum, Iraqi forces have taken over strategic locations that were under Kurdish control.LEARN MORE
Many saw the move as a way to concentrate power under the king's son and successor.
Saudi Arabia's next in line for the throne had several high-ranking officials arrested Saturday in what was called an anti-corruption purge.
Authorities arrested 11 princes, four sitting ministers and tens of former ministers.
Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the arrests. He's the 32-year-old son of King Salman bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud Salman, who took the throne in 2015.
Mohammed bin Salman became crown prince in June, when the king changed the line of succession.
Many saw the anti-corruption purge — approved by royal decree only hours before the arrests — as another step to coalesce power under the young prince.
One prominent Saudi caught up in the purge is Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, a billionaire investor with holdings in Western companies like Twitter and Apple.
Separately, the king replaced the heads of Saudi Arabia's National Guard and Royal Navy.
Mohammed bin Salman is seen as a top adviser and favorite son of King Salman and has championed a number of modernizing reforms for the kingdom. He's called for a return to a more "moderate Islam" and was likely behind a royal decree allowing women to drive. He also wants to diversify Saudi Arabia's oil-based economy.
Search teams from more than two dozen countries have joined tens of thousands of local emergency personnel to search for survivors in the rubble.By Ismail Coskun / IHA / AP
Shervin Hajipour appeared stunned after hearing Jill Biden announce he'd won the Grammy's new song for social change special merit award for "Baraye."By Chris Pizzello / AP
The deadly 7.8 magnitude earthquake that struck Turkey near the Syrian border has hit hard in areas that house millions of war-displaced Syrians.By Depo Photos / AP
Britain's Competition and Markets Authority says the deal could result in "harming U.K. gamers who cannot afford expensive consoles."By Swayne B. Hall / AP
Santos' presence at the center aisle to see and be seen during President Biden's State of the Union address was met with stern criticism from Romney.By Patrick Semansky / AP
When factoring in delivery costs, roses can now cost over $100. But other options are affordable and just as sweet for Valentine's Day celebrations.By Christopher Furlong / Getty Images