Neighbors' instability, plunging oil prices, demands at home pose challenges for Saudi king

January 23, 2015 5:30 PM

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Neighbors' instability, plunging oil prices, demands at home pose challenges for Saudi king

In this photo provided by the Saudi Press Agency, Saudi Arabia's newly enthroned King Salman, right, talks with Kuwait's Emir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah during the funeral of Salman's half brother King Abdullah at the Imam Turki bin Abdullah mosque in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Friday, Jan. 23, 2015. Saudi state TV reported early Friday that King Abdullah died at the age of 90. (AP Photo/SPA) (The Associated Press)

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – Saudi Arabia's new monarch inherits the throne at a moment when the oil-rich kingdom is being buffeted by a plunge in the value of its most valuable commodity, growing challenges by activists at home and deepening turmoil on its borders that stands to benefit rival Ira...

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