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Saudi king's health stirs succession fears

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia, Nov. 22 (UPI) -- The illness of King Abdallah, a key U.S. ally against Iran, has stirred speculation that a succession battle is swelling between the 86-year-old monarch's branch of the House of Saudi and the powerful Sudeiri clan.

Abdallah arrives in Damascus

DAMASCUS, Syria, July 29 (UPI) -- Saudi King Abdallah arrived in Damascus Thursday as part of a tour in the Middle East that includes a stop in Lebanon, the Syrian government announced.

Saudi women's rights groups hail photo

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia, May 3 (UPI) -- A photograph of a Saudi king and crown prince posing with 40 women in Muslim dress is being called a landmark for Saudi women's rights, observers say.

'Sorcerer' faces Saudi execution

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia, March 19 (UPI) -- A Lebanese television host sentenced to death by a Saudi Arabian court for alleged "sorcery" should not die, a human rights group says.
Bush Mideast itinerary set

Bush Mideast itinerary set

WASHINGTON, April 28 (UPI) -- The White House said Monday President Bush will meet with the leaders of Israel, Saudi Arabia and Egypt during a five-day trip to the Middle East next month.

Cheney discusses oil in Saudi capital

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia, March 22 (UPI) -- U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney discussed ways to steady the global oil market with Saudi Arabia's King Abdallah in Riyadh, a report said.

Vatican discusses church in Saudi Arabia

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia, March 18 (UPI) -- The Vatican's Mideast representatives met with officials in Saudi Arabia to discuss building the first Roman Catholic church there, the BBC reported Tuesday.

Saudi king asked to free condemned witch

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia, Feb. 14 (UPI) -- Human Rights Watch called on the Saudi king Thursday to void the conviction of a woman facing execution for witchcraft.

Sarkozy, King Abdallah meet in Jordan

AQABA, Jordan, Jan. 5 (UPI) -- King Abdallah of Jordan and French President Nicolas Sarkozy discussed a Palestinian settlement during a meeting in the Red Sea resort of Aqaba.

Saudi king limits successor electors

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia, Dec. 10 (UPI) -- King Abdallah bin Abdulaziz al-Saud of Saudi Arabia issued a royal order stating that only the kingdom creators' decedents can name the country's king.

Musharraf may meet with Sharif

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, Nov. 20 (UPI) -- Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf, under pressure to end emergency rule, may meet with ex-premier Nawaz Sharif in Saudi Arabia.

Saudi Arabia, Egypt back Annapolis summit

CAIRO, Nov. 11 (UPI) -- The upcoming Middle East summit in the United States now has the support of both Saudi Arabia and Egypt, an Egyptian official has said.

Iran president in Saudi Arabia for meeting

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia, March 3 (UPI) -- Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was in Saudi Arabia for talks on hot-button regional issues in the Middle East, including Iran's nuclear program.

China, Saudi Arabia sign major oil deal

BEIJING, Jan. 24 (UPI) -- China and Saudi Arabia have signed an energy cooperation deal on oil, gas and minerals.

Saudi King offers to fix 1656 mosque

NEW DELHI, Jan. 4 (UPI) -- Badly needed repairs to a 350-year-old mosque in India will be covered by Saudi Arabia's King Abdallah if Indian officials accept the offer.
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Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah (2nd L), Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (2nd R) and Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal drinks coffee after they agreed to end fighting, in the Islamic holy city Mecca on February 8, 2007. (UPI Photo/Suhaib Salem/Palestinian President's Office)
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The King Abdullah Canal, until 1987 known as the East Ghor Main Canal and renamed after Abdullah I of Jordan, is a canal that runs along the east bank of the Jordan River.

The Canal's main water sources are the Yarmouk River, the Al-Mukhaibeh wells close to the Yarmouk River, Lake Tiberias (through a tunnel built after the 1994 Israel-Jordan Peace Treaty), Wadi el-Arab and the Zarqa River (after storage in the King Talal Dam). The canal’s design capacity is 20 m3/second at the entrance of the Canal and 2.3 m3/second at its lower end. Its length is 110 km. Water flows by gravity from North to South from about 230 meter to almost 400 meter below sea level. The Canal supplies water for irrigation and 90 million cubic meters/year of drinking water for Greater Amman through the Deir Allah-Amman carrier, which has been constructed in two phases in the mid-80s and in the early 2000s. The Zarqa River contains a mixture of treated wastewater and natural water flow, which influences the water quality downstream of the Zarqa River intake into the KAC.

The canal was built in Phases. It was designed in 1957. Construction began in 1959, and the first section completed in 1961. By 1966, the upper part, to Wadi Zarqa, was completed. The canal was 70 km was subsequently extended three times between 1969 and 1987. The United States provided financing for the initial phase of project, after obtaining explicit assurances from the Jordanian government that Jordan would not withdraw more water from the Yarmouk than the amount allocated to it according to the Johnston Plan.

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It uses material from the Wikipedia article "King Abdullah."
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