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Saudi king appoints son to head Makkah province

Saudi King Abdullah on Sunday appointed his son Prince Mishaal as governor of Makkah Province, one of the most prominent jobs in the country, the latest move in a rolling reshuffle of senior ruling family members over the past two years.


Surgery on Saudi King successful

Saudi King Abdullah has had a successful back operation in Riyadh on Monday, the royal court of the kingdom said in a statement.      The monarch is in his late 80s and has introduced cautious reforms since becomi


Saudi King back home, orders $37bn aid

Saudi King Abdullah returned home on Wednesday after a three-month medical absence and unveiled benefits for Saudis worth some $37 billion in an apparent bid to insulate the world's top oil exporter from an Arab protest wave. The king, who


Rumours on Saudi king denied

Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah bin Abdul-Aziz is well, an adviser to a senior member of the ruling family told Reuters on Thursday denying rumours about his health that had triggered buying across financial markets.   


Saudi king says budgets will keep rising

Top Opec exporter Saudi Arabia will keep increasing annual budgets to diversify its oil-based economy and invest in infrastructure, King Abdullah said in remarks published on Monday. 'Fiscal budgets in future years will not decrease bu


Saudi King, Obama discuss 2-state ME solution

Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah and US President Barack Obama have stressed the importance of a two-state solution to Middle East peace that secured a Palestinian homeland alongside a strong Israel. Arab leaders are disappointed that Obama ha


Shun extremism, urges Saudi king

Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah called on followers of the world's major faiths to turn away from extremism and seek reconciliation. He was speaking after opening an unprecedented interfaith conference in Madrid. The Saudi-sponsored g

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