New Saudi Ruler Pledges Continuity After Death of King Abdullah

By ANNE BARNARD and ALAN COWELL [New York Times On-line], JAN. 23, 2015 - BEIRUT, Lebanon — Hours after the death of Saudi Arabia’s ruler, his successor, King Salman, moved quickly on Friday to project a sense of continuity, saying in a televised address that the oil-rich nation, a Western ally that has long played a dominant role in Arab politics, would not change course.

Iraq Asks For More Weapons To Fight IS Group

Agence France-Presse 22, 2015 - LONDON — Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi called on the international coalition battling the Islamic State group to provide his country's forces with more weapons to fight militants. "Iraq needs weapons and the international community has the ability to provide Iraq with the weapons it needs," he told reporters after a meeting of 21 coalition members in London.

Agence France-Presse, January 22, 2015, MANILA—The United States has lifted restrictions on a small portion of its military assistance to the Philippines that was withheld over human rights concerns, the foreign minister said Thursday. The gesture affects about $15 million dollars that have been withheld over the last five years, a fraction of Washington's total military assistance...

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