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Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah has died, state TV reports

Expected successor is Saudi king’s 79-year-old half-brother, Prince Salman


 
Brendan Smialowski/AP

Brendan Smialowski/AP

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia – Saudi state TV says King Abdullah, the powerful U.S. ally who joined Washington’s fight against al-Qaida and sought to modernize the ultraconservative Muslim kingdom has died. He was 90.

The TV station said Abdullah died Friday.

His expected successor is his 79-year-old half-brother, Prince Salman, who recently has taken on the ailing Abdullah’s responsibilities.

The announcement came in statement read by a presenter on Saudi state TV, which aired video of worshippers at the Kaaba in Mecca.


 

Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah has died, state TV reports

  1. So….are we at the tipping point?

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