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UPI Almanac for Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013.
By United Press International

Saudi king promotes son in defense shuffle

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia, May 28 (UPI) -- King Abdullah's naming of his son as the head of the National Guard Ministry has raised concerns trouble's brewing within the royal family.

Saudis 'turn to South Africa for UAVs'

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia, April 16 (UPI) -- Saudi Arabia reportedly has turned to South Africa's state-owned Denel Dynamics defense company to help Riyadh develop its own killer UAV program.

Saudi crown prince said to be well

JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia, July 28 (UPI) -- Saudi Arabian officials say Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdul Aziz al-Saud is well, state-run media reported Tuesday.

Saudi crown prince recuperating in Morocco

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia, May 2 (UPI) -- The octogenarian crown prince of Saudi Arabia is recuperating in Morocco after an operation in New York, the Saudi Press Agency said Saturday.

Saudi prince's health reported failing

GENEVA, Switzerland, May 4 (UPI) -- Saudi Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz, who has cancer, is reported to be in failing health at his home in Geneva, Switzerland.

Ex-Saudi envoy to head security council

JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia, Oct. 17 (UPI) -- Saudi Arabia's absolute monarch has upgraded the kingdom's National Security Council and will chair it himself, the official Saudi Press Agency said.

Saudi King Fahd out of hospital soon

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia, May 31 (UPI) -- Saudi Defense Minister Prince Sultan bin Abdul Aziz said Tuesday Saudi King Fahd's health is improving continuously and he will be out of hospital soon.

Saudi minister: Ties with U.S. excellent

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia, April 11 (UPI) -- Saudi Defense Minister Prince Sultan Bin Abdul Aziz has hailed the oil-rich kingdom's relations with the United States, describing them as excellent.

Saudi prince calls Iran a 'friendly state'

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia, Jan. 10 (UPI) -- Saudi Defense Minister Prince Sultan bin Abdul Aziz has dismissed a possible Iranian nuclear attack on Arab Gulf countries, calling Iran "a friendly state."

Saudi Minister: We are safe from terrorism

JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia, Sept. 13 (UPI) -- Saudi Defense Minister Prince Sultan bin Abdul Aziz said his country is now safe from terrorism, which has killed more than 100 since May.

Saudi defense minister is hospitalized

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia, May 1 (UPI) -- Saudi Arabia said Saturday Defense Minister Prince Sultan bin Abdul Aziz had been hospitalized for unidentified surgery.

Bush rejects Saudi request

WASHINGTON, March 3 (UPI) -- A U.S. government source said President George Bush has rebuffed a Saudi request he become involved in Saudi Arabia's succession.

Pakistan to sell Saudis nuke expertise

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, Oct. 22 (UPI) -- Pakistan has reportedly has agreed to exchange nuclear weapons technology for low-cost Saudi Arabian oil, according to a ranking Pakistani insider.

Saudi prince accuses 'corrupt' minister

GENEVA, Switzerland, May 22 (UPI) -- A Saudi prince on Thursday called for investigating alleged corruption and embezzlement by Defense Minister Prince Sultan bin Abdel Aziz who supervises the king
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Prince Sultan bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud (Arabic: سلطان بن عبدالعزيز آل سعود‎) (born 1924 or 1928) is the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia. He serves as the First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense and Aviation. He is one of the Sudairi Seven. For Saudi Arabia, he has overseen billions of dollars of defense contracts with defense firms. He has been mired with corruption allegations and nicknamed "Sultan of Thieves". by his critics. He is reportedly in ill health and recently returned to Saudi Arabia after convalescing in Morocco.

Sultan was officially born on January 5, 1928 in Riyadh. Western sources claim he was born in 1924. He is the 15th son of King Abdul-Aziz and his mother is Princess Hassa Al-Sudairi.

He, along with many of his brothers, received his early education in religion, modern culture, and diplomacy at the royal court. He became Governor of Riyadh in 1947. In 1947, he oversaw ARAMCO's construction of the Kingdom's rail link between Dammam and Riyadh. He became Minister of Agriculture in 1953 and Minister of Communications in 1955.

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