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UK flag tributes to Saudi King Abdullah criticised

Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz al-Saud has died after two decades in power. He has been succeeded by his 79-year-old half-brother, Salman.

Downing Street and other Whitehall departments - along with Westminster Abbey and Buckingham Palace - were among prominent UK landmarks to put Union Flags at half mast.

But the move caused disquiet because of the human rights record of the country during King Abdullah's reign, with recent outrage focused on the public beheading of a woman and a sentence of 1,000 lashes meted out to the creator of an online blog.

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Prince Charles travels to Saudi Arabia after King's death

The Prince of Wales receives King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia at Clarence House in 2007 Credit: PA Wire

The Prince of Wales is travelling to Saudi Arabia today in the wake of King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz al-Saud death.

A spokesman for the Prince confirmed Charles would travel to Saudi Arabia "to pay his condolences".

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