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Upon the death of his half-brother, King Abdullah, Salman bin Abdulaziz al Saud was named king of Saudi Arabia. This was no surprise — King Salman, 79, had been crown prince and designated successor since 2012, he'd been covering many of 90-year-old Abdullah's duties in recent months, and the Saudi throne has passed down from one of King Abdulaziz al Saud's 45 (or more) sons to the next since the kingdom founder died in 1953. The new crown prince is Abdulaziz's youngest surviving son, Prince Muqrin bin Abdulaziz, 69. He is King Salman's half-brother.

Salman is reputed to be popular among the sprawling royal family and is seen as a mediator of inter-family conflicts. He was governor of Riyadh from 1955 to 1960, then from 1963 to 2011, overseeing the growth of the Saudi capital from an isolated desert town to a major international city. In 2011, h...

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