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Saudi king names new spy chief as Iraq crisis spreads

Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah has appointed Prince Khaled bin Bandar as head of intelligence three months after his predecessor, who was in charge of efforts to support Syrian rebels against President Bashar al-Assad, was sacked.

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Saudi King vows to crush militancy

Saudi King Abdullah, in a Ramadan message on Saturday, vowed to crush Islamist militants threatening the kingdom, the state news agency reported, saying the world's top oil exporter would not tolerate "a band of terrorists".

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Saudi king sacks deputy defence minister

Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah sacked the deputy defence minister on Saturday less than two months after he was appointed, the state news agency reported. The royal decree said the decision to relieve Prince Khaled bin Bandar bi

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Kerry, Saudi King discuss global oil supplies

US Secretary of State John Kerry and Saudi King Abdullah briefly discussed global oil supplies during a meeting on the crisis in Iraq on Friday, a senior State Department official said. During the talks, Kerry referred to recent c

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Saudi king orders steps against 'terrorist threats'

Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah ordered all necessary measures to protect the kingdom against potential "terrorist threats", state news agency SPA reported on Thursday. The agency said the monarch gave the order after c

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Saudi king plans Egypt donor conference

Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah has asked countries to attend a donor conference for Egypt, his country's most populous Arab ally, following its election of President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi on Tuesday, state media reported. The

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Obama's Saudi trip to ease friction, no breakthrough seen

Saudi Arabia's leaders hope US President Barack Obama and King Abdullah understand each other better after talks and can stabilise a close regional security alliance after months of rockiness over Middle East policy, diplomats said.

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No bad deal with Iran, Obama assures Saudi King

US President Barack Obama and Saudi King Abdullah discussed "tactical differences" in their approach to some issues during a meeting in Riyadh on Friday, but agreed both sides remain strategically aligned, a senior US official said.

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Saudi King wants speedy housing plan implementation

Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah has ordered government ministries to facilitate a SR250 billion ($66.7 billion) housing construction programme that he originally announced in 2011, state news agency SPA reported on Tuesday. The M

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Saudi King's operation successful

  Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah has undergone successful back surgery at a hospital in the capital, Riyadh, to tighten a loose ligament, the royal court said in a statement carried by state media on Sunday.  

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