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  1. Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah Dies

    The modernizing monarch is gone. King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz al Saud, 90, died yesterday. He was buried in a simple ceremony. The kingdom’s ruler since 2005 — and counterbalance to more hardline clerics — is succeeded by his half-brother, Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz, a traditionalist. But Salman, 79, may also be ailing, and one of his first moves may need to be establishing who among the next generation of princes should follow him. 

    The Guardian, Foreign Policy, BBC, NBC, LAT

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