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Mistrust overshadows Obama's Saudi trip

US President Barack Obama meets Saudi King Abdullah Friday as mistrust fuelled by differences over Iran and Syria overshadows a decades-long alliance between their countries. Obama, who is due to arrive in Saudi Arabia late in the afternoon on a flight from Italy, is expected to hold evening talks with the monarch on a royal estate outside Riyadh. Saudi Arabia has strong reservations about efforts by Washington and other major world powers to negotiate a deal with Iran on its nuclear programme.

Obama in Saudi for talks overshadowed by mistrust

US President Barack Obama arrived Friday in Riyadh for talks with Saudi King Abdullah as mistrust fuelled by differences over Iran and Syria overshadows a decades-long alliance between their countries. Obama arrived in the Saudi capital from Italy, and is expected to hold evening talks with the monarch on a royal estate outside Riyadh. Saudi Arabia has strong reservations about efforts by Washington and other major world powers to negotiate a deal with Iran on its nuclear programme.

Saudi king aims for smooth succession in troubled region

Saudi King Abdullah's unprecedented decision to appoint a second heir to his throne appears aimed at ensuring a smooth succession in a region thrown into turmoil by the Arab Spring. It also opens the door for the next generation to step up in an ultra-conservative state ruled for decades by ageing monarchs. The 90-year-old monarch took the surprise measure Thursday naming his youngest half-brother Prince Moqren bin Abdul Aziz as a second heir, next in line after the ailing Crown Prince Salman.

Mistrust overshadows Obama's Saudi trip

King Abdullah meets President Barack Obama Friday as mistrust fuelled by differences over Iran and Syria overshadows a decades-long Saudi-US alliance. Saudi Arabia has strong reservations about attempts by Washington and other major powers to negotiate a deal with Iran on its nuclear programme, and disappointment over Obama's 11th-hour decision last year not to take military action against the Syrian regime over chemical weapons attacks.

Saudi king decrees half brother to be future monarch

Saudi Arabia's 90-year-old King Abdullah on Thursday appointed his half-brother Moqren, 69, as the next heir to the throne of the world's largest exporter of crude oil.` The decision, announced in a royal decree, comes as a source close to the circle of power told AFP that current Crown Prince Salman, 79, was sick and "may decide not to claim the throne" because of his ill health. The decree did not mention Prince Salman, who is also defence minister of the strategic Gulf state.

Saudi Prince Muqrin named second-in-line to succeed king

By Angus McDowall RIYADH (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia's Prince Muqrin bin Abdulaziz, a former intelligence chief in the conservative Islamic kingdom, has been appointed deputy crown prince, state television reported on Thursday, making it likely he will one day become king. The appointment makes Muqrin, the youngest son of the kingdom's founder King Abdulaziz al-Saud, next in line to succeed King Abdullah in the world's top oil exporter and birthplace of Islam after his half-brother Crown Prince Salman.

Saudi king decrees half brother Moqren to be a future monarch

King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia Thursday appointed his half-brother Moqren bin Abdul Aziz as the next heir to the throne, paving the way for him to become a future king. The move was announced by a royal decree broadcast by state television channel Al-Ikhbariya. Under an irrevocable decree, Prince Moqren, currently second deputy president of the council of ministers, is named the next crown prince. There was no mention in the decree of current Crown Prince Salman bin Abdul Aziz.

Saudi king decrees half brother Moqren to be a future monarch

King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia Thursday appointed his half-brother Moqren bin Abdul Aziz to become a future king. The move was announced by a royal decree broadcast by state television channel Al-Ikhbariya. aa/tm/srm/al

Milestones in complex Saudi-US partnership

The following are milestones in the complex diplomatic relationship between Saudi Arabia and the United States, as President Barack Obama prepares to visit Riyadh on Friday. - May 1933: US and Saudi Arabia establish full diplomatic relations. The Californian Arabian Standard Oil Company (later Arab American Company or Aramco) explores for oil in the desert country. Saudi Arabia gains full control of Aramco in 1980.

Indonesia calls for clemency for maid on Saudi death row

Jakarta called Monday for a Saudi family to accept a substantial payment and halt the impending execution of an Indonesian maid on death row in the kingdom for murder. If the execution of Satinah Binti Jumadi Ahmad goes ahead, it could set back attempts by Indonesia and Saudi Arabia to mend ties damaged by the 2011 beheading of an Indonesian maid, who was also guilty of murder. Saudi Arabia is the world's biggest destination for Indonesian maids, with around one million in the ultra-conservative kingdom.
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