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Mourners gather around the unmarked grave of King Abdullah on Friday. Abdullah’s body was shrouded in a beige cloth, his remains interred without a coffin in line with Islamic tradition. Reuters

Amid mourning for King Abdullah, a new generation enters line to Saudi throne (w/video)

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia As Saudi Arabia mourned its late ruler, King Salman bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud quickly set the course for the monarchy's future Friday by naming a second-in-line to the throne from the next generation of princes for the first time. The appointment came as the ultraconservative Sunni-ruled kingdom b …


  1. Kurds celebrate ousting Islamic State fighters from Kobani (w/video)


    BEIRUT, Lebanon — Jubilant Kurdish fighters ousted Islamic State militants from the key Syrian border town of Kobani on Monday after a four-month battle — a significant victory for both the Kurds and the U.S.-led coalition.

    Kurds wave flags in Istanbul, Turkey, on Monday after Kurdish fighters backed by U.S.-led airstrikes pushed ISIS fighters out of Kobani.
  2. Things to know about snowstorm in Northeast


    Things to know about the snowstorm in the Northeast:

    Planes are de-iced before takeoff at LaGuardia International Airport in New York on Monday, Jan. 26, 2015. A massive winter storm headed to the Northeast is predicted to bring blizzard conditions to the area by Monday night. (Chuck Liddy/Raleigh News & Observer/TNS) 1163127
  3. Obama seeks to mine 'untapped potential' in U.S.-India relationship (w/video)


    President Barack Obama vowed Monday to accelerate U.S. trade and investment in India, saying both nations need to do more to capitalize on the "untapped potential" in a relationship that could define economic and environmental health in both countries.

    President Barack Obama and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi have tea during a reception at the Mughal Gardens of Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi on Monday.
  4. U.S. drone strikes resume in Yemen despite turmoil (w/video)


    SANA, Yemen — A U.S. drone strike targeted al-Qaida in Yemen on Monday, signaling Washington's determination to keep fighting the militants despite political paralysis brought on by a Shiite power grab.

  5. Steven Spielberg, in Poland, warns of anti-Semitic 'demons of intolerance' (w/video)


    KRAKOW, Poland — Film director Steven Spielberg told a group of Holocaust survivors on Monday that Jews are again facing the "perennial demons of intolerance" from anti-Semites who are provoking hate crimes and trying to strip survivors of their identity.

    Schindler’s List director Steven Spielberg, right, is embraced and blessed by Holocaust survivors on Monday in Krakow, Poland.