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Saudi Royal Family Divided over Political Reform
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Saudi Royal Family Divided over Political Reform

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Saudi Royal Family Divided over Political Reform

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Saudi Crown Prince Abdullah surveys the damage from a May 2003 suicide bombing in Riyadh.

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Saudi Crown Prince Abdullah surveys the damage from a May 2003 suicide bombing in Riyadh.

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Under intense pressure to reform since the terror attacks of Sept. 11, the Saudi royal family is divided over political modernization and the role of radical Islamic clerics who preach against Westernization. A focus on internal terrorist threats has also slowed reform. Hear NPR's Julie McCarthy.

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