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Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi Arabia says a senior prince and former defense minister has died. The 78-year-old Prince Mohammed bin Saud was not in line for the Saudi throne, but wielded influence as part of a council of royal family
Hassan Ammar/AP Nayef bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud, who has died aged 78, became crown prince and heir to the throne of Saudi Arabia in October 2011, after the death of his brother Sultan . He had been minister of the interior since 1975 and, although
The funeral of Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Nayef inside the Grand Mosque in Mecca. Photograph: Fahad Shadeed/Reuters In many ways the repercussions following the death of Crown Prince Nayef, heir to the Saudi throne, are far greater than those that
King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia yesterday named his half-brother Salman bin Abdulaziz heir to the throne after the death on Saturday of Crown Prince Nayef.
Yet it also displays the preference for cautious steps by ruling House of Saud, which must balance its role as one of the West's main Middle East allies with its need to appease the ultraconservative religious establishment that gives the monarchy
Reputation as reactionary may be misleading, analysts suggest. Prince Nayef bin Abdul-Aziz, who is expected to be named heir to the Saudi throne this week, has held public office for close to 60 years but except for those in the inner circles of the