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Saudi interior minister named crown prince

RIYADH — Saudi Arabia’s powerful interior minister, 78-year-old Prince Nayef bin Abdul Aziz, was named the new heir to the throne in a royal decree read out on state television Thursday. Nayef — who has been interior minister for nearly four decades and led a crackdown on Al-Qaeda in the…

Saudi crown prince dead

Saudi Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdul Aziz has died, a palace announcement on state television said on Saturday, throwing his brother Prince Nayef into line to succeed King Abdullah as leader of the key oil producer. The crown prince, aged around 86, also the minister of defence and aviation, had…

Saudi king hospitalized again, raising concerns for nation’s future

RIYADH — Saudi King Abdullah was hospitalised for a new back surgery in Riyadh, following two similar operations last year in the United States, the SPA news agency early Monday. The 87-year-old was operated in November for a debilitating herniated disc complicated by a haematoma that put pressure on his…

Saudi King returns home to reshaped Mideast

RIYADH – King Abdullah, monarch of the Gulf’s most powerful Arab country, resumed power in oil-rich Saudi Arabia on Wednesday on his return to a Middle East transformed during his three-month absence. As he flew in, the king boosted social benefits for his people, in a region where a young…

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