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Obama, new Saudi king to discuss Yemen, Islamic State: White House

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NEW DELHI - U.S. President Barack Obama and new Saudi Arabia King Salman are expected to discuss shared concerns about the turmoil in Yemen and the fight against Islamic State militants during their first formal meeting in Riyadh on Tuesday, the White House said.

Yemen crisis is first big test for Saudi Arabia's King Salman

RIYADH - The turmoil hitting Saudi Arabia's neighbor Yemen will pose the first big test for King Salman, and provide a glimpse as to whether his approach to hotspots in a fragmenting region will differ from that of his late brother.

Obama, world leaders head to Saudi Arabia to offer condolences

RIYADH - U.S. President Barack Obama will visit Saudi Arabia on Tuesday to meet its new King Salman after the death of his predecessor Abdullah on Friday, testimony to Riyadh's important role in energy markets and the fight against Islamist militancy. | Video

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Tributes to Saudi King spark rights criticism in Britain

LONDON - As world leaders flew to Saudi Arabia to mark the death of King Abdullah, several prominent British politicians criticized the deference shown to the leader of a country accused of having a poor human rights record.

World, Jordan, Cyber Crime 24 Jan 2015

Obama to cut short India visit, fly to Saudi Arabia: sources

NEW DELHI - U.S. President Barack Obama will cut short his visit to India on Tuesday to fly to Saudi Arabia following the death of King Abdullah, sources in the Indian capital familiar with the matter said on Saturday.

World, Jordan 24 Jan 2015

New Saudi king seen holding line on OPEC policy to keep oil output high

SINGAPORE - Saudi Arabia's new king is expected to continue a policy of keeping oil output steady to drive out rival producers, though the royal succession has focused market attention on the future of the kingdom's long-serving oil minister. | Video

World, 23 Jan 2015

Saudi King Abdullah dies, new ruler is Salman

RIYADH - Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah died early on Friday and his brother Salman became king, the royal court in the world's top oil exporter and birthplace of Islam said in an official statement. | Video

World, Jordan 23 Jan 2015

New heir to Saudi throne is relatively liberal outsider

RIYADH/DUBAI - Saudi Arabia's new Crown Prince Muqrin represents the biggest break from the kingdom's tradition of any of his predecessors in the role - both because of his lowly maternal birth and his foreign education.

World, 23 Jan 2015

Saudi oil minister Naimi to stay for now, policy steady

DUBAI - Saudi Arabia's new King Salman was quick to keep veteran oil minister Ali al-Naimi on Friday in a message aimed at calming a jittery energy market mindful of Naimi's powerful role within the OPEC group of oil-exporting countries.

World, 23 Jan 2015

Simple burial in unmarked grave for Saudi king who lived in palaces

RIYADH - Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah, one of the richest men in the history of the world, was carried in a simple white shroud to an unmarked grave on Friday in a Riyadh cemetery where many of his commoner subjects rest, in keeping with ascetic traditions.

World, Jordan 23 Jan 2015
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Greek leftist Tsipras sworn in as PM to fight bailout terms

ATHENS - Greek left-wing leader Alexis Tsipras was sworn in on Monday as the prime minister of a new hardline, anti-bailout government determined to face down international lenders and end nearly five years of tough economic measures. | Video