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  • Saudi king appoints son as Emir of Riyadh

    The official Saudi Press Agency says King Abdullah has appointed the governor of Riyadh to the post of deputy defense minister, and promoted his son as the new emir of the region.

  • **FILE** President Obama and Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah share a light moment when they met on June 29, 2010, in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. (Associated Press)

    Obama headed to Saudi Arabia in March

    In an apparent effort to ease strained relations, President Obama will visit Saudi Arabia next month, the White House said Monday.

  • Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, attends the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem, Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014. Sharon, the hard-charging Israeli general and prime minister who was admired and hated for his battlefield exploits and ambitions to reshape the Middle East, died Saturday, eight years after a stroke left him in a coma from which he never awoke. He was 85. (AP Photo/Olivier Fitoussi, Pool)

    Benjamin Netanyahu glides past John Kerry for private meeting with Jordan's King Abdullah II

    Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made a quiet visit to Jordan's King Abdullah II to talk peace with the Palestinians on Thursday — a brief get-together that came as the exclamation point to an earlier Israeli order to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry: Butt out of our pact process.

  • FILE - In this file photo taken Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013, Lebanese people gather at the scene where two explosions have struck near the Iranian Embassy in Beirut, Lebanon. DNA tests confirmed that a man in Lebanese custody is the suspected leader of an al-Qaida-linked group that has claimed responsibility for bombings across the Middle East, the Lebanese army said Friday, Jan. 3, 2014. The latest attack claimed by the group, the Abdullah Azzam Brigades, was the Nov. 19 double bombing of the Iranian Embassy in Beirut that killed at least 23 people and wounded dozens. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein, File)

    Lebanon IDs commander of al-Qaida-linked group

    BEIRUT (AP) — DNA tests confirmed that a man in government custody is the alleged leader of an al-Qaida-linked group that has conducted attacks across the Middle East before shifting its focus to Syria's civil war, Lebanese authorities said Friday.

  • A Saudi-inspired all-faiths hub

    The underappreciated power of prayer is a prime motivating force behind a new Saudi-inspired interfaith center in Austria that seeks to become the place for world religious leaders to meet, solve problems and melt the "mountain of fears" that exists between religious people, says the Saudi official who is championing the ambitious project.

  • **FILE** King Abdullah II of Jordan (Associated Press)

    Jordan's king sees elections as central to political reform

    Jordan's King Abdullah II is touting Wednesday's parliamentary elections as the centerpiece of political reforms aimed at addressing the simmering discontent in his realm.

  • **FILE** Muslim women pilgrims make their way to throw cast stones at a pillar, symbolizing the stoning of Satan, in a ritual called "Jamarat," the last rite of the annual hajj, in Mina near the Saudi holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, on Nov. 6, 2011. (Associated Press)

    Saudi king grants women seats on advisory council

    The Saudi king on Friday granted women seats on the country's top advisory council for first time, a much-awaited step for women to get a toehold in Saudi Arabia's largely female-free political system.

  • Crown Prince Nayef Abdul-Aziz is seen on a screen in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on Sunday. He was the second heir to the throne to die outside the country in less than a year. (Associated Press)

    Saudi king in Mecca for crown prince's burial

    The aged king of Saudi Arabia led a burial ceremony Sunday for his brother, Crown Prince Nayef Abdul-Aziz, in the holy city of Mecca before his interment after evening prayers. He was the second heir to the throne to die outside the country in less than a year.

  • Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem speaks during a press conference in Damascus, Syria, on Nov. 14, 2011. (Associated Press)

    Pressure mounts on Assad amid crackdown

    Jordan's King Abdullah said Tuesday that Syrian President Bashar Assad should step down, making him the first Arab ruler to issue such a call over the regime's deadly crackdown on an 8-month-old uprising.

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