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Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah dies at 90


Throngs of
mourners
gathered in
Mecca early
Friday just hours
after Saudi
Arabia’s King
Abdullah bin
Abdulaziz al Saud
died. He was 90.

Prince Salman
bin Abdulaziz
was appointed as
the new king,
state television
reported.​

The
announcement
of Abdullah’s
death comes
several weeks
after the state-
run Saudi Press
Agency said he
was suffering
from pneumonia
and had been
admitted to the
hospital.

Services will be
held Friday
afternoon at the
Imam Turki Bin
Abdullah Grand
Mosque in
Riyadh, and
many world
leaders are likely
to pay their
respects.

Jordan’s King
Abdullah cut
short his visit to
Davos, and is
heading to
Riyadh,
according to a
Jordanian
government
source.

“King Abdullah’s
life spanned from
before the birth
of modern Saudi
Arabia through
its emergence as
a critical force
within the global
economy and a
leader among
Arab and Islamic
nations,” U.S.

President Barack
Obama said in a
statement.
“As our countries
worked together
to confront
many challenges,
I always valued
King Abdullah’s
perspective and
appreciated our
genuine and
warm friendship.

As a leader, he
was always
candid and had
the courage of
his convictions.”







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Posted By kellychi On 06:32 Fri, 23 Jan 2015

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