Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah has died and his brother Salman has become the kingdom’s new ruler. King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz took power in 2005 after the death of his half-brother King Fahd. The monarch was thought to be 91-years-old, however official accounts of his age are unclear. He underwent surgery in recent years related to a herniated disc, and was hospitalised in December for pneumonia.
 Saudi King Abdullah dead – state TV, RT, January 22, 2015 23:24
 The Guardian view on Saudi Arabia after King Abdullah’s death, The Guardian, Friday 23 January 2015 19.07 GMT