Saudi King Abdullah Is Dead

Saudi Arabia's 91-year-old King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz has died, according to Saudi media outlets.

He was admitted to the hospital in Riyadh for "medical checks" at the end of December.

Crown Prince Salman has been named the new king.

King Abdullah assumed the throne in 2005 as the country's sixth king. Salman, 79, is Abdullah's half-brother and has been making appearances and speeches on behalf of the late king for the last couple of months.

Salman is also reportedly in poor health, so from here the family's succession could get interesting...