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Obama pays respects to late Saudi king, meets with country's new ruler
Obama pays respects to late Saudi king, meets with country's new ruler

Greeted by a crowd of royalty and a band playing the U.S. national anthem, President Obama landed in Riyadh on Tuesday for a hastily planned visit to Saudi Arabia, a key U.S. ally. Obama cut short a trip to India in order to pay his respects during the mourning period for King Abdullah, but the visit is also intended to start the reign of the late monarch's successor and 'half-brother, King Salman, on a positive note for the U.S. Advisors to the president said the trip was intended to pay respects to the legacy of Abdullah, whom Obama said in a statement was “candid” and “had the courage of his convictions.”  Obama also wants to “touch...

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