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Over 1,000 Saudi businessmen and companies in various sectors are expected to attend the March Economic Summit.
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Egypt’s government has sent invitations to more than 6,000 businessmen and 120 countries to participate in the summit.

January 25, 2015

In October, a document showed Germany’s national security council approved the export of arms to Saudi Arabia, Qatar and other countries in the Middle East.
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Germany has decided to stop exporting arms to Saudi Arabia, the German newspaper Bild am Sonntag said on Sunday, citing government sources as saying the kingdom was “too unstable”

January 24, 2015

His Childhood:  Abdullah was born in 1924 in Riyadh, the fifth (or tenth!) son of Saudi Arabia's founder, Abdulaziz bin Abdulrahman Al Saud, better known as Ibn Saud. His mother was from the Al Rashid dynasty, Bedouin rivals of the Al Saud. As a boy, he suffered from a speech impediment.
19:30 GMT

Reformist or stagnating ruler? Turns out the late King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia was a lot of things. Here's the decade-long King in twelve slides.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, who arrived in Riyadh Saturday, previously declined an invitation to visit Saudi Arabia. (AFP/File)
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Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif arrived in Riyadh. He will offer his condolences after the death of Saudi King Abdullah.

Lindsay paid a tribute to the late King Abdullah on her Instagram account. (Image: Mytopfbcover.com)
16:53 GMT

Seriously, why did Lindsay Lohan post an Instagram about Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah's death?

King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz died early on Friday and his brother Salman became king of the world's top oil exporter.
15:28 GMT

Oil prices rose on Friday after the death of Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah added more uncertainty to an oil market that has more than halved over the last six months.

Among other leaders to offer condolences in Beirut were U.S. Ambassador David Hale and Progressive Socialist Party leader Walid Jumblatt. (AFP/File)
14:30 GMT

Following the early Friday death of Saudi King Abdullah, Lebanese officials joined international voices when Saudi Ambassador to Lebanon Ali Awad Asiri was consoled by hundreds in downtown Beirut.

U.S. President Obama and Saudi King Abdullah are pictured during a meeting in the White House in 2010. (AFP/File)
11:14 GMT

In the wake of the death of Saudi King Abdullah, U.S. President Barack Obama plans to cut his visit to India short and fly to Saudi Arabia on Tuesday.

"What is happening now is Kingdom policy, not just the King's policy," said analyst Yasser Elguindi of Medley Global Advisors
10:59 GMT

Saudi Arabia's new King Salman was quick to keep veteran oil minister Ali al-Naimi on Friday in a message aimed at calming a jittery energy market mindful of Naimi's powerful role.

King Salman, although rumored to be in poor health himself, has asserted that a Saudi Arabia under his rule will not differ much from his predecessor and half-brother, King Abdullah. (AFP/File)
08:05 GMT

With impending social issues and a tense economic environment at home, and regional and international interests looming outside his country's borders, newly appointed Saudi King Salman has moved quickly to appoint younger heirs, reassuring of a path not far from the late King Abdullah's, and a successor plan for years to come.

January 23, 2015

King Abdullah was heavily criticized for Saudi Arabia's human rights record, but has been praised for advancing women's rights in the country. (Photo: AFP)
22:20 GMT

Tributes, condolences and kind words have continued to pour in for King Abdullah following his death early on Friday.

Daesh and other Islamic fundamentalists have taken to social media to celebrate the death of the king. (Photo: AFP)
18:16 GMT

Islamic fundamentalists and those who support them took to social media to celebrate the death of the late Saudi King Abdullah on Friday, the Associated Press has reported.

Israel's former president Shimos Peres said King Abdullah was "an experienced leader and a wise king."(Photo: AFP/Gali Tibbon)
16:51 GMT

Israel's former president Shimon Peres Friday said the death of Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah was "a real loss for the peace of the Middle East."

World leaders took part in a funeral prayer at the Imam Turki Abdullah mosque in Riyadh. (Photo: AFP Photo/Ho/Saudi TV)
15:23 GMT

Leaders from around the world gathered in Riyadh on Friday for the funeral of King Abdullah who passed away aged 90, after being admitted to hospital in December.

Saudi Arabia has come under widespread criticism for its approach to human rights. (Photo: AFP/Jiji)
14:25 GMT

Amnesty International has lashed out at the Western leaders for turning a blind eye to human rights violations in Saudi Arabia, voicing concern over the fate of the jailed Saudi activist, Raif Badawi.