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Saudis’ Leader Is Dead, Ending 23-Year Reign

King Fahd bin Abdel Aziz al-Saud, Saudi Arabia’s long-ailing monarch who oversaw one of the country’s greatest periods of growth while underwriting the spread of fiercely conservative Islam abroad, died Monday morning in the Saudi capital, ending a 23-year reign. The death of King Fahd, 82, marked the end of a decade-long transition of power that began when he suffered a debilitating stroke in 1995 and put his half-brother, Crown Prince Abdullah bin Abdel Aziz, in control of the country. Shortly after the king was pronounced dead on Monday, Prince Abdullah, 81, became Saudi Arabia’s sixth monarch. Full Story

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