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This photo released by the Saudi Press Agency, shows Saudi King Abdullah bin Abd al-Aziz, left, bidding farewell to Saudi Interior Minister Prince Nayef bin Abdul Aziz al-Saud, center, as Prince Salman bin Abdel Aziz, the Saudi King's brother and Riyadh Governor, right, looks on before his departures to United States in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Monday, Nov. 22, 2010. King Abdullah flew on Monday to the United States for medical treatment, seeking treatment after a blood clot complicated a slipped spinal disc, the state news agency SPA said. (AP Photo/HO)

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Muslim pilgrims cast stones at a pillar, symbolizing the stoning of Satan, in a ritual called "Jamarat," the last rite of the annual hajj, in Mina near the Saudi holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, Thursday, Nov. 18, 2010. The annual Islamic pilgrimage draws 2.5 million visitors each year, making it the largest yearly gathering of people in the world. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

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Muslim pilgrims pray on the outskirts of Mecca, Saudi Arabia. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

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Men watch satellite TV in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, in September. A 2008 fatwa issued by the chief of the country's top court said it would be permissible to kill the owners of satellite networks that show "immoral" content. He was removed as chief. (Associated Press)

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King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, seen in March 2009, has moved to regain control over fatwas, which were proliferating from many sources before he limited them to an official council. (Associated Press)

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A Saudi customer is served in a mobile shop at a market in the capital Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Thursday, Aug. 5, 2010. (AP Photo)

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Saudi King Abdullah, left, and Syrian President Bashar Assad, right, talk to each other as they step off the plane upon their arrival at Rafik Hariri international airport, in Beirut, Lebanon, on Friday, July 30, 2010. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

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Fire engines (far left) line up behind the wreckage of a Lufthansa cargo plane that caught fire and split in half as it was landing in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on Tuesday, July 27, 2010. The German pilot and co-pilot of Flight 8460, which was carrying about 90 tons of unspecified cargo, were slightly injured, an airport official said. (AP Photo)

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A man stands on top of the wreckage of a Lufthansa cargo plane that caught fire and split in half as it was landing in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on Tuesday, July 27, 2010. The German pilot and co-pilot of Flight 8460, which was carrying about 90 tons of unspecified cargo, were slightly injured, an airport official said. (AP Photo)

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**FILE** President Obama and Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah share a light moment when they met on June 29, 2010, in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. (Associated Press)

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Saudi King Abdullah took the throne in 2005.

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** FILE ** Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have announced plans to block BlackBerry transmissions. (AP Photo)

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A Saudi man checks a computer profiling the 85 men on the kingdom's new most-wanted list in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, in 2009.

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Late-night talk-show host David Letterman is seen as an "agent of influence" in Saudi Arabia, according to one of the diplomatic cables leaked by WikiLeaks.

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