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US braces for 'historic' blizzard

US braces for 'historic' blizzard

A swath of the US East Coast from Philadelphia to New York City to Maine is bracing for a potentially historic blizzard that is expected to dump as much as 2 feet (60 cm) of snow and snarl transportation for tens of millions of people.

World leaders head to Saudi Arabia to offer condolences

World leaders head to Saudi Arabia to offer condolences

US President Barack Obama will visit Saudi Arabia to meet its new King Salman after the death of his predecessor Abdullah, testimony to Riyadh's important role in energy markets and the fight against Islamist militancy.

East Ukrainian city of Mariupol shelled - officials

East Ukrainian city of Mariupol shelled - officials

Ten people were killed in shelling by pro-Russian separatists in the east Ukrainian port city of Mariupol, the head of the Kiev-controlled Donetsk regional police said.

Court upholds man's right to pee standing up

Court upholds man's right to pee standing up

A German court ruled in favour of mens' right to pee standing up, after a landlord tried to retain part of a tenant's €3000 deposit for allegedly damaging the marble floor of a toilet by sprinkling it with urine.

Russia faces $40b battle to stave off banking crisis

Russia faces $40b battle to stave off banking crisis

Russia may have to spend more than $40 billion this year to avert a banking crisis, as the growing likelihood of a sharp recession threatens to pile extra costs on a sector suffering from Western sanctions over Ukraine and a plunge in the rouble.

Simple burial in unmarked grave for Saudi king

Simple burial in unmarked grave for Saudi king

Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah, one of the richest men in history, was carried in a simple white shroud to an unmarked grave on Friday in a Riyadh cemetery where many of his commoner subjects rest, in keeping with ascetic traditions.

New heir to Saudi throne is relatively liberal outsider

New heir to Saudi throne is relatively liberal outsider

Saudi Arabia's new Crown Prince Muqrin represents the biggest break from the kingdom's tradition of any of his predecessors in the role - both because of his lowly maternal birth and his foreign education.

Saudi King Abdullah dies

Saudi King Abdullah dies

Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah has died, state television reported early on Friday (local time) and his brother Salman became king, it said in a statement attributed to Salman.

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