Saudi King is Dead; Yemen in Crisis

Saudi Arabian King Abdullah has died in his 90's. King Salman bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud took control of the pro- Western Arab Kingdom. In a televised speech, the new king said he'd continue the policies of his predecessor and continue the fight against ISIS and extremism. "The Arab and Islamic nations are in dire need of solidarity and cohesion," he told his people. The Saudis have been staunch allies of the U.S. in the war on terror.

Meantime, in Yemen, as we reported yesterday, the President and cabinet have resigned in the face of pressure from an Iranian-backed rebel group called the Houthis (Hoo theez). Strangely they have not taken over completely and will await the next move by the teetering country's parliament. They also have another fight.. Al Qaeda backed Sunnis are apparently on the way to fight them for control.

We're going to talk about what all this means for the United States.

ISIS meantime, has launched a countdown clock until it executes two Japanese citizens being held hostage. ISIS terrorists have demanded $200 million for the men's release. There's new analysis suggesting the video purportedly showing the men kneeling together with a desert scene behind them.. is a studio production.

There's a 11am news conference from Assistant Secretary of State Roberta Jacobson after the talks with Cuba about restoring diplomatic relations. Apparently it's been somewhat tense. Doug McKelway reporting.

There is a Noon briefing by Press Secretary Josh Earnest.

President Obama meets with the U.S. Conference of Mayors at the White House late this afternoon.

VP Biden is holding a roundtable to expand the number of Americans going to college at 1:30pm.

Ukraine pro-Russian separatists says 24 were killed in a rocket attack on the Donetsk airport. This as there is growing evidence the separatists are about to launch a huge offensive with the help of the Russians..

Snow, rain and sleet expected for the Northeast this weekend. NYC and Philadelphia expected to get a few inches.

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