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Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah will undergo more surgery today in New York to repair several vertebrae, the official Saudi Press Agency reported, citing a statement from the Royal Court.

The surgery is part of the 86-year-old king’s treatment for a back injury and was recommended by his doctors, the agency said.

King Abdullah arrived in New York on Nov. 23 and underwent surgery the next day at New York Presbyterian Hospital to remove a blood clot and adjust a slipped disk, the Saudi Embassy in Washington said. Health Minister Abdullah al-Rabeeah said the king’s health was “very reassuring” and that he had started physical therapy, the news service said on Nov. 28.

The king delegated the management of the affairs of the world’s largest oil supplier to his half-brother, Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz, during his absence, SPA said on Nov. 22.

Oil fell 0.5 percent to $87.59 a barrel at 8:20 a.m. in London, down from a two-year high yesterday.

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