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Saudi Foreign Minister Heads to Pakistan as Iran Tensions Deepen

By Tommy Wilkes ISLAMABAD, Jan 7 – Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister arrives in Pakistan on Thursday, where he will meet leaders of a government keen to defuse spiraling sectarian tension between the Sunni-majority kingdom and Shiite Iran. Saudi Arabia’s execution of a prominent Shiite cleric on Saturday has inflamed tension across the Middle East and

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Anger Grows in Saudi’s Shiite Areas After Executions

By Angus McDowall RIYADH, Jan 6 – Since Saturday’s execution of four Shiite Muslims in Saudi Arabia, hundreds or thousands of the minority sect have marched nightly in protest, and their anger could herald wider unrest. The execution of one of them, dissident cleric Nimr al-Nimr, caused an international crisis as Shiite Iran and its

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Iraq Offers to Mediate Between Saudi and Iran

By Maher Chmaytelli BAGHDAD, Jan 6 – Iraq offered to mediate between Saudi Arabia and Iran to end their dispute triggered by Riyadh’s execution of a prominent Shi’ite cleric, saying on Wednesday it could spill over into the rest of the region. Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari, speaking in Tehran with his Iranian counterpart Mohammad

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Daesh Threatens to Destroy Saudi Prisons After Executions

RIYADH, Jan 6 – Daesh threatened to destroy Saudi Arabian prisons holding jihadists after Riyadh’s execution of 47 people including 43 convicted al Qaeda militants. The militant group, which has claimed responsibility for attacks in the kingdom and stepped up operations in neighbouring Yemen, singled out the al-Ha’ir and Tarfiya prisons where many al Qaeda and Daesh

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We are not natural-born enemies of Iran: Saudi U.N. Envoy

By Michelle Nichols and Sam Wilkin UNITED NATIONS/DUBAI, Jan 5 – Saudi Arabia said on Monday it would restore ties with Iran when Tehran stopped meddling in the affairs of other countries and pledged that Riyadh would continue to work “very hard” to support bids for peace in Syria and Yemen despite the spat. Saudi

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Saudi Rift with Iran Likely to Hinder U.S. Peace Effort in Syria

By Arshad Mohammed and Jonathan Landay WASHINGTON, Jan 5 – Beneath this weekend’s rupture in Iranian-Saudi relations lies a deeper fault line between the United States and Saudi Arabia that may hamper U.S. President Barack Obama’s efforts to end Syria’s civil war, current and former U.S. officials said. The Saudi government’s decision to execute Shiite

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Iraqi Sunni Mosques Attacked in Apparent Retaliation

BAGHDAD, Jan 4 – At least two Sunni Muslim mosques have been attacked in Iraq in apparent retaliation for the execution of a senior Shi’ite cleric in Sunni-ruled Saudi Arabia, officials and police said on Monday. The interior ministry in Baghdad confirmed the attacks late Sunday in Hilla, around 100 km (60 miles) south of

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Iran: Riyadh Thrives on Tension Following Severed Ties

DUBAI, Jan 4 – Saudi Arabia used an attack on its embassy in Tehran as a pretext to fuel tensions, Iran’s foreign ministry said on Monday after Riyadh severed diplomatic relations. Iran was committed to protecting its foreign diplomatic missions, the ministry added. Iranian protesters stormed the Saudi embassy in the early hours of Sunday

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Iran-Saudi Relations: What You Need To Know

Jan 4 – Saudi Arabia cut diplomatic relations with Iran on Sunday over the storming of the Saudi embassy in Tehran, in a deepening crisis between the regional adversaries following the kingdom’s execution of a prominent Shiite Muslim cleric. Iranian protesters stormed the Saudi embassy early on Sunday and Shiite Iran’s top leader, Ayatollah Ali

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‘Enough is Enough,’ Source Familiar With Saudi Thinking Says

WASHINGTON, Jan 4 – Saudi Arabia’s position toward Iran is that “enough is enough,” a source familiar with the Saudi government’s thinking said on Sunday after protesters stormed the Saudi embassy in Tehran over the execution of a Shiite Muslim cleric and Riyadh cut diplomatic ties with Tehran. The source, who spoke on condition of

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