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Crown Prince Nayif ibn Abdulaziz dies at 78; head of Saudi Arabia's Interior Ministry
Crown Prince Nayif ibn Abdulaziz dies at 78; head of Saudi Arabia's Interior Ministry

CAIRO — Crown Prince Nayif ibn Abdulaziz, head of Saudi Arabia's feared Interior Ministry who after a series of attacks inside the kingdom became a close Washington ally against Al Qaeda, died Saturday, months after he was named heir apparent in the world's leading oil power. Nayif, 78, had long been ailing and his death spurred another royal family jostle for a successor to King Abdullah, who is in his late 80s. Nayif was an authoritarian who backed the country's puritanical Wahabi clerics and cracked down on political dissent, especially over the last year as rumblings of Arab uprisings reached the desert monarchy. He was often at odds with the modest social and...

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