Abdullah Arabia

King of Saudi Arabia Abdullah Arabia

Abdullah bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud, Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, is the King of Saudi Arabia. He succeeded to the throne on 1 August 2005 upon the death of his half-brother, King Fahd. When Crown Prince, he governed Saudi Arabia as regent from 1998 to 2005. He was Commander of the Saudi Arabian National Guard from 1962 to November 2010, and is one of the world's wealthiest royals. King Abdullah's first public office was as mayor of Mecca.
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‘World’s Heaviest Teenager’ Finally Walks After Dropping 700 Lbs.
Yahoo News - about 2 years
At his highest weight, Khaled Mohsen Al Shaeri weighed 1,345 lbs. and hadn’t left his bed for three years. In 2013, King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia ordered that he be hospitalized for treatment. Since then, Shaeri — now in his early 20s — has lost 700 lbs., and anew video, posted to YouTube Tuesday (garnering almost 48,000 views), shows him walking for the first time in years. 
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The Price of Modesty
Huffington Post - over 2 years
Rokhshana was 19-years-old when a gang of men in Afghanistan stoned her to death this week. The men who stoned her were enforcing Islamic law, otherwise known as Sharia. According to the governor of the province, Ghor, she lived in a Taliban-controlled village. Rokhshana was forced to marry someone she did not want and she fled with another man, hence the accusations of adultery that led to her sentencing and brutal execution. Sharia codifies Islam's many rules and governs everything from how to worship daily to personal behavior, economic and legal transactions and the governance of a nation. However, it is most commonly used as a tool to rob women of their most basic rights, including sexual autonomy. Before Rokhshana's tragic death, the world's attention was caught for a while by the plight of Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, who was sentenced to death for adultery in Iran, a country governed by Sharia law. Sakineh was ultimately not executed after an international outcry in her d...
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David Cameron defends flag tributes to late King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia
Guardian (UK) - about 3 years
Prime minister says kingdom provided intelligence that saved British lives after criticism of decision to fly union flags at half mast David Cameron has defended the decision of the British authorities to fly the union flag at half mast after the death of King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia on the grounds that intelligence from the kingdom has saved British lives. In an interview with young voters on Sky News, in which he was pressed about the decision to lower flags as a mark of respect to the late king, the prime minister initially spoke of the links between the two royal families. Continue reading...
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Obama Is Said to Plan Fence-Mending Trip to Saudi Arabia
NYTimes - about 4 years
An official said President Obama would seek to reassure King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia after a period of tension over American policies toward Iran and Syria.
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U.S.-Saudi Relations
NYTimes - over 4 years
A tense meeting between Secretary of State John Kerry and King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia.
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Kerry meets Saudi king on visit to heal rift over Iran, Syria
Yahoo News - over 4 years
RIYADH (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia in Riyadh on Monday on the latest stop of a tour partly aimed at defusing tensions with Arab powers, State Department officials said. Saudi Arabia, Washington's main Arab ally, is angry with Washington over what it sees as a weak foreign policy it believes has allowed Israeli settlement construction to continue in the Palestinian territories and a civil war to go on in Syria. (Reporting by Lesley Wroughton, Editing by William Maclean/Mark Heinrich)
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Lawrence Solomon: A shrinking United Nations
Financial Post - over 4 years
Moves by Stephen Harper and King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia have diminished the stature of the UN – and deservedly so Three years ago, in the run up to a United Nations vote that would decide if Canada got a widely coveted seat on the UN’s Security Council, Canada announced new trade talks with Israel, a move certain to offend many Muslim and Arab states. Their votes instead went to Portugal, costing Canada the seat but no tears. The right to hobnob at the UN takes a back seat to trade, Prime Minister Harper was in effect saying, a point highlighted by his repeated refusal to attend the annual opening of the UN General Assembly — this even when he is in New York at the time of the opening, as occurred last month when he chose instead the company of, among others, members of the Canadian American Business Council. Last week, Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah took disdain for the United Nations one step further. To the bewilderment of diplomatic elites, after his kingdom was unanimously e...
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President Obama meets with King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia at the White House in Washington.
Chicago Times - over 4 years
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President Observes 9/11 Islamic Terror Group Attacks After Pleading Case for Attacking Sovereign Islamic Nation
The Bennington Vale Evening Tran - over 4 years
Photo courtesy AP SAN NARCISO, Calif. (Bennington Vale Evening Transcript) -- President Obama honored the 12th anniversary of 9/11 this Wednesday during a solemn memorial service in which he remembered the 3,000 victims who perished during al Qaeda's September 2001 terror plots in New York and D.C., but then forgot them moments later by indirectly urging public support for a U.S. strike against Syria to "defend our nation" against enduring threats, though different than the ones faced by the nation in 2001. Analysts warn that U.S. involvement in Syria could reignite anti-American sentiment among militant Islamic terror groups. In a week that recalls ideological aggression by extreme Islamists on American soil, President Obama on Tuesday, despite opposing public opinion, made the administration's case for bringing the United States to the verge of military action in the Middle East once again. The ostensible rationale is to punish the regime of Bashar al-Assad in Syria for deploying c...
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Clinton, Obama Got Serious Bling From Foreign Leaders
Huffington Post - over 4 years
WASHINGTON -- Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton outpaced President Barack Obama last year in receiving lavish gifts from foreign leaders. Clinton received gold jewelry worth half a million dollars from King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia. The State Department said the gift included a necklace bracelet, ring and earrings. The white gold was adorned with teardrop rubies and diamonds. Obama's most expensive gift was a $16,500 gold-plated clock from Crown Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud, the Saudi defense minister. Obama, a big sports fan, scored a red, white and blue basketball from – and autographed by – Chinese President President Xi Jinping. British Prime Minister David Cameron and his wife, Samantha, gave Obama a customized Dunlop table tennis table with United States and United Kingdom decals and paddles worth $1,100. The gifts were among a bounty of vases, watches, artwork and other items given to the Obama family and top U.S. officials in 2...
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Saudi king helps obese man
CNN - over 4 years
King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia ordered an obese man transferred to Riyadh to receive help for his health.
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Help on way for 1,345-pound man
CNN - over 4 years
King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia has intervened to help a man who has become one of the heaviest people in the world.
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Ann Bolinger-McQuade: PHOTOS: 7 Famous People Who Had Personal Oracles
Huffington Post - over 4 years
Have you ever been driving in traffic and sensed that the driver in the next lane was going to change lanes just before they pulled out in front of you? Chances are you slowed down to allow them in and avoided an accident. Or maybe you've been down to the wire on a project deadline when a person with the precise information you needed called unexpectedly and saved the day. If you're a cloud gazer like me you may notice cloud images that mirror timely messages back to you. Some people awaken from dreams with messages from deceased loved ones. Others notice the familiar smell of a deceased loved one or sense their presence, indicating that they are close by. Like me, you may have even followed a gut feeling that saved your life. If you ever feel like the universe is conspiring in your favor, that's because it is! Every day coincidences, synchronicities, dreams, spirit signposts and mysterious messages show up in every form imaginable. They seem to appear out of the blue and ...
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Obama talks Syria, Egypt with Saudi king
Yahoo News - over 4 years
WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says President Barack Obama has discussed the crises in Egypt and Syria with King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, a Mideast powerhouse.
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Robert Brustein: Arab Spring Forward, Arab Fall Back
Huffington Post - over 4 years
The chaos we are witnessing these days in the Middle East reflects not only a failure of American policy but also a pitiful lack of American self-knowledge. For some reason, hardly because of the current dynamic of government in Washington, we have been trying to convince the Arab world that every Middle Eastern nation would be better off imitating our native brand of constitutional democracy. One might hope for a little more modesty about our own political achievements, considering that the U.S. has become as paralyzed and disordered as any democracy in Europe or South America. But instead of trying to perfect, or least improve our own system, we prefer to urge our dysfunction on the rest of the world. This pridefulness partly explains our indecision over the recent protests in Egypt. The United States has played a greater or lesser part in most of the convulsions of the Arab Spring, that herculean effort by the people of Egypt, Libya, Tunisia, Yemen, Morocco, the Suda...
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Repression in the Gulf: A mirage of rights
The Economist - about 5 years
Bahrain’s protesters still won’t give up AS EVERY monarch in the Gulf knows, even geysers of oil cannot keep all your subjects happy all of the time. Still, King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia may have been surprised that his recent appointment of 30 women to the kingdom’s 150-person shura council should provoke a public protest. The all-appointed body, a sort of proto-parliament, has limited influence; the move, announced on January 11th, was the long-expected response to demands for reform by a king who has gingerly promoted women’s rights since assuming the throne in 2005. Even so, dozens of conservative clerics picketed the royal court in the Saudi capital, Riyadh, on January 15th, to condemn what one cowled sheikh decried as “dangerous changes” in the arch-conservative kingdom.It was perhaps natural that fundamentalist Wahhabists, who have long been given leeway to impose their will in return for counselling obedience to the royal family, should be angered by a small step t...
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Abdullah of Saudi Arabia
  • 2015
    Age 90
    In October 2015, King Abdullah's son Prince Majed bin Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud was arrested in Los Angeles for using cocaine, being drunk, threatening female employees, and having gay sex with a male employee.
    He also continued to be the President of the High Council for Petroleum and Minerals, President of the King Abdulaziz Center For National Dialogue, Chairman of the Council of Civil Service, and head of the Military Service Council until his death in 2015.
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    On 2 January 2015, Abdullah was hospitalized in Riyadh for pneumonia and died on 23 January at the age of 90.
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  • 2014
    Age 89
    In September 2014 following the spread of ISIL, he issued a statement, "From the cradle of revelation and the birthplace of the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh), I call on leaders and scholars of the Islamic nation to carry out their duty towards God Almighty, and to stand in the face of those trying to hijack Islam and present it to the world as a religion of extremism, hatred, and terrorism, and to speak the word of truth, and not fear anybody.
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    A report in April 2014 stated the King had around six months left to live, citing his diagnosis of terminal lung cancer.
  • 2013
    Age 88
    In November 2013, a BBC report claimed that Saudi Arabia could obtain nuclear weapons at will from Pakistan due to a longstanding relationship.
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    On 11 January 2013, King Abdullah appointed thirty women to the Consultative Assembly or Shura Council and modified the related law to mandate that no less than 20 percent of 150 members would be women.
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  • 2012
    Age 87
    Nearly two months later, in November 2012, King Abdullah underwent another back surgery in Riyadh and left hospital on 13 December 2012.
    Al-Quds reported that he had an operation at Mount Sinai Hospital, New York on or before 4 September 2012, following a heart attack.
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    King Abdullah left Saudi Arabia on "special leave" on 27 August 2012.
    His third heir apparent was his half-brother Salman, who was named as Crown Prince on 18 June 2012, and would succeed him in 2015.
    The title of Crown Prince then passed to Prince Sultan's full-brother, Nayef, until his death in Geneva, Switzerland, on 16 June 2012, while undergoing medical tests for an undisclosed ailment.
    In April 2012, he was awarded by the United Nations a gold medal for his contributions to intercultural understanding and peace initiatives.
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    King Abdullah was, in 2012, named as the most influential Muslim among 500 Muslims for the previous 4 years.
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    In January 2012, King Abdullah dismissed the head of Saudi Arabia's powerful religious police, replacing him with a more moderate cleric, state news agency SPA reported, without giving reasons.
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  • 2011
    Age 86
    Despite such concerns, Prince Nayef was appointed Crown Prince on 27 October 2011 after consultation with the Allegiance Council by Abdullah.
    Sahab bint Abdullah married Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa, son of Bahraini King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, on 6 June 2011.
    He returned to the Kingdom on 23 February 2011.
    On 22 January 2011, he left the United States and went to Morocco.
  • 2010
    Age 85
    He left the hospital on 22 December 2010 and convalesced at The Plaza in New York City.
    In November 2010, his back problems came to light in the media.
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    The first two of the surgeries were in New York, one in 2010 for a slipped disk and a blood clot pressing on nerves in his back and a second to stabilize vertebrae in 2011.
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    From 2010 to 2012 King Abdullah had four back surgeries.
    The King had curtailed his activities from June 2010 with no clear explanation.
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    She is the mother of Prince Saud bin Abdulaziz bin Nasser Al Saud who was accused of murdering his servant Bandar Abdulaziz in London in 2010.
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    Public health engagement included breast cancer awareness and CDC cooperation to set up an advanced epidemic screening network that protected 2010's 3 million Hajj pilgrims.
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  • 2009
    Age 84
    He was Chairman of the Saudi Supreme Economic Council until 2009.
    In November 2009, King Abdullah was received by Nicolas Sarkozy, who committed various diplomatic faux pas.
    In addition, Assad attended the opening of King Abdullah University of Science and Technology in October 2009.
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    In June 2009, King Abdullah hosted President Obama in Saudi Arabia.
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    The King made the private suggestion during a meeting in Riyadh in March 2009 with John O. Brennan, the White House counterterrorism adviser.
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  • 2008
    Age 83
    In November 2008, he and his government arranged discussion at the United Nations General Assembly to “promote dialogue among civilizations, cultures and peoples, as well as activities related to a culture of peace” and calling for “concrete action at the global, regional and subregional levels.” It brought together Muslim and non-Muslim nations to eradicate preconceptions as to Islam and terrorism, with world leaders — including former U.K. Prime Minister Tony Blair, Israeli President Shimon Peres, U.S. President George W. Bush and King Abdullah II of Jordan — attending.
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    In June 2008, he held a conference in Mecca to urge Muslim leaders to speak with one voice with Jewish and Christian leaders.
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    In April 2008, according to a U.S. cable released by Wikileaks, King Abdullah had told the U.S. ambassador to Iraq, Ryan Crocker, and General David Petraeus to "cut off the head of the snake".
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    In March 2008, he called for a “brotherly and sincere dialogue between believers from all religions”.
  • 2007
    Age 82
    In November 2007, King Abdullah visited Pope Benedict XVI in the Apostolic Palace.
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  • 2006
    Age 81
    In 2006, Abdullah set up the Allegiance Council, a body that is composed of the sons and grandsons of Saudi Arabia's founder, King Abdulaziz, to vote by a secret ballot to choose future kings and crown princes.
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    Since King Abdullah's visit to Beijing in January 2006, the Saudi-Chinese relationship has focused predominantly on energy and trade.
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  • 2005
    Age 80
    In 2005, King Abdullah implemented a government scholarship program to send young Saudi men and women to study abroad in different universities around the world for undergraduate and postgraduate studies.
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    Abdullah succeeded to the throne upon the death of his half-brother King Fahd. He was formally enthroned on 2 August 2005.
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  • 2003
    Age 78
    In the summer of 2003, Abdullah threw his considerable weight behind the creation of a national dialogue that brought leading religious figures together, including a highly publicized meeting attended by the kingdom's preeminent Shi'i scholar Hasan al-Saffar, as well as a group of Sunni clerics who had previously expressed their loathing for the Shi'i minority.
  • 2002
    Age 77
    In April 2002, Crown Prince Abdullah made a state visit to the United States with President George W. Bush and he returned again in April 2005 with Bush. In April 2009, at a summit for world leaders U.S. President Barack Obama met him.
    In 2002, he developed an Arab Peace Initiative, commonly referred to as the "Abdullah plan", to achieve mutually agreed-on resolution of the Arab–Israeli conflict.
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  • 2001
    Age 76
    In August 2001, he ordered then Saudi Ambassador to the US, Bandar bin Sultan, to return to Washington.
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    In May 2001, Crown Prince Abdullah did not accept an invitation to visit Washington due to U.S. support for Israel in the Second Intifada.
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  • 1998
    Age 73
    In September 1998, Crown Prince Abdullah made a state visit to the United States to meet in Washington, D.C. with President Bill Clinton.
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  • 1995
    Age 70
    When King Fahd was incapacitated by a major stroke in 1995, Crown Prince Abdullah acted as de facto regent of Saudi Arabia.
  • 1990
    Age 65
    King Abdullah also had a daughter called Princess Nora who died in 1990 in a car accident.
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  • 1987
    Age 62
    He again traveled to the United States as Crown Prince in October 1987, meeting Vice President George H. W. Bush.
  • 1982
    Age 57
    On 13 June 1982 when King Khalid died, Fahd bin Abdulaziz became King, Prince Abdullah became Crown Prince the same day.
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  • 1976
    Age 51
    King Abdullah has long been pro-American and a long time close ally of the United States. In October 1976, as Prince Abdullah was being trained for greater responsibility in Riyadh, he was sent to the United States to meet with President Gerald Ford.
  • 1975
    Age 50
    King Khalid appointed Prince Abdullah as second deputy prime minister in March 1975, a reflection of being the second in line of succession to the Saudi throne.
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  • 1963
    Age 38
    In 1963, Abdullah was made commander of Saudi National Guard (SANG).
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  • 1961
    Age 36
    Abdullah, like Fahd, was one of the many sons of Ibn Saud, the founder of modern Saudi Arabia. Abdullah held important political posts throughout most of his adult life. In 1961 he became mayor of Mecca, his first public office.
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  • 1924
    Abdullah was born on 1 August 1924 in Riyadh.
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