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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 gives women right to vote

RIYADH — Saudi King Abdullah announced on Sunday he was giving women the right to vote and run in municipal elections, the only public polls in the ultra-conservative Gulf kingdom. He also announced that women would have the right to join the all-appointed Shura (consultative) Council, in an address opening…

Obama consults Saudi King Abdullah on Egypt

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama stressed the need for a meaningful and lasting political transition in Egypt in a telephone call with key ally King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, officials said. “The President spoke today with King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia about the situation in Egypt,” the White House said…

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