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David Cameron and Prince Charles on Saturday

King Abdullah dead: Prince Charles and David Cameron pay last respects to Saudi ruler

Royal and PM make trip as row erupts in Britain over the flying of the Union flag at half-mast in public display of mourning for a man regarded by many as a tyrant

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A video appears to show Kenji Goto appealing for the Japanese government to arrange for the release of al-Rishawi

Kenji Goto (L) and Haruna Yukawa (R) are being held hostage by Isis
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (left), on a June 2008 visit to Saudi Arabia, is greeted by King Abdullah in Jeddah.

King Abdullah: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon praises Saudi Arabia's 'remarkable progress' under rule

Ban Ki-moon shied away from addressing the country's human rights record

Lebanese army troops drive armoured personnel carriers (APC) in the village of Ras Baalbak on 23 January

Lebanese soldiers killed during border battle with Islamist militants from Syria

Isis or Jabhat al-Nusra may have been behind Friday's attack

Mourners gather at the funeral of King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz

King Abdullah dead: President Obama to join David Cameron and world leaders paying respect in Saudi Arabia

Arrival comes amid anger over decision to fly flags at half-mast

The Royal Welsh Fusiliers near Basra, southern Iraq, in 2004. 179 UK servicemen and women died in the Iraq war

The Chilcot inquiry: The reckoning – the Iraq War by numbers

The Iraq Report – Part 6: A summary of the Iraq War by numbers

The Chilcot inquiry: The men that led Britain to war in Iraq

The Iraq Report – Part 5: The key protagonists

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The Iraq Report – Part 4: Timeline of events

Tony Blair meeting troops in Iraq in 2003

The Chilcot inquiry: Recriminations and inquiries – the aftermath of the Iraq War

The Iraq Report – Part 3: The aftermath

Families leaving Basra in southern Iraq in March 2003

The Chilcot inquiry: From missing WMDs to 'shock and awe' – the invasion and occupation of Iraq

The Iraq Report – Part 2: Invasion and occupation of Iraq

The remains of the World Trade Center stands amid the debris following the terrorist attack on the building in New York

The Chilcot inquiry: September 11 and the road to the Iraq War

The Iraq Report – Part 1: The beginning

The Union Flag over the Palace of Westminster following the death of King Abdullah

Saudi King Abdullah: Britain mourns a tyrant

Campaigners and MPs said the officially sanctioned show of sympathy for the oil-rich nation’s ruling elite made a mockery of its dismal human rights record

Benjamin Netanyahu and walks with House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio in Washington

Netanyahu accused of putting US-Israeli relationship at risk

Low point comes as Israel is hoping for US support to fight off Palestinian efforts to prosecute Israelis for alleged war crimes

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