August 1, 2005

Saudi King Fahd dies -state television

RIYADH (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia's King Fahd died on Monday
and Crown Prince Abdullah was swiftly pronounced monarch of the
world's largest oil exporter and key U.S. ally.

"With deep sorrow and pain, the royal court... mourns the
death of The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Fahd due to
illness," said an official statement read out on Saudi state