Disturbances in Tunisia

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Chronic discontent in Tunisia erupted this week, spreading from one small town to the whole country. Some violence, hundreds arrested. The causes: political, social, economic. More clashes likely on Sunday.

More Saudi princes arrested

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11 princes from a cadet branch of the Saudi family imprisoned and likely to face trial on public order charges. Implications for family unity, and possible consequences.

Saudi budget

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Saudi Budget for 2018 continues drive for economic reform, projects deficit of $52bn, same as budgeted for 2017 and 15% lower than the outcome. Revenues projected to rise by 12%, expenditures by 6%. Government remains committed to balancing budget over medium term, and significantly increasing non-oil revenues. Huge expansion of administrative infrastructure envisaged for more robust budget planning and oversight.