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Nigeria Faces New Rift over Alleged Shiite Massacre

By Ulf Laessing ZARIA, Nigeria, Feb 11 – Piles of rubble are all that remain of the residence of Nigeria’s most prominent Shiite Muslim leader after it was demolished by bulldozers in the northern city of Zaria. Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky’s compound was leveled after three days of clashes between the army and Shiite residents of

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Iran-backed Militia Warns Against Sending Arab Forces to Syria, Iraq

BAGHDAD, Feb 8 – One of Iraq’s most powerful Iranian-backed Shiite militias on Sunday warned that Arab forces sent to Syria or Iraq would “open the gates of hell”, in comments clearly aimed at Sunni Arab countries that have said they might join such an operation. “The Arab kingdoms tried Daesh mercenaries to implement their

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Saudi King Salman Calls For Others Not to Interfere in Kingdom

RIYADH, Feb 7 – Saudi Arabia’s King Salman on Sunday called on other countries not to interfere in the kingdom’s internal affairs in what appeared to be a rebuke to Riyadh’s main foe Iran, which it accuses of attempting to stir unrest. “It is our right to defend ourselves, without interfering in the affairs of

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Death Toll Up to 70 From Damascus Attack

BEIRUT, Feb 1 – The death toll from a suicide attack in Damascus on Sunday that was claimed by the Daesh militant group has risen to more than 70, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. A car bomb and two suicide bombers attacked the Sayeda Zeinab district, home to Syria’s holiest Shiite shrine, as

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Suicide Bombing Near Damascus’ Main Shiite Shrine Kills 45

AMMAN/BEIRUT, Jan 31 – At least 45 people were killed and 110 wounded on Sunday by a car bomb and two suicide bombers in the Sayeda Zeinab district of Damascus, where Syria’s holiest Shi’ite shrine is located, the interior ministry said. Sunni fundamentalist Daesh claimed responsibility for the attacks, according to Amaq, a news agency

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Iran, Saudi Should De-Escalate Tensions: Saudi Foreign Minister

TEHRAN, Jan 25 – Iran and Saudi Arabia should take every step to de-escalate the tension between them, Iran’s deputy foreign minister said on Monday. Tensions between the regional rivals escalated this month after Riyadh’s execution of a Shi’ite Muslim cleric triggered an attack by Iranian protesters on its Tehran embassy, leading the kingdom to

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Iran Moves From Pariah State to Regional Power

By Samia Nakhoul BEIRUT, Jan 18 – Iran’s release from sanctions testifies to its new relationship with the United States as it moves from pariah state to regional power, a status that could come at the cost of Saudi Arabia, Washington’s chief Arab ally. Enemies and allies alike must adjust to Iran becoming an uninhibited

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Pakistan PM Looks to Play Peacemaker With Saudi Arabia, Iran Visits

ISLAMABAD, Jan 18 – Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will travel to Saudi Arabia and Iran on Monday, in a bid to bridge the growing divide between the two countries after the Sunni kingdom’s execution of a Shiite cleric sparked a bitter row. Sharif will fly to Saudi Arabia on Monday before visiting Iran’s capital

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Nimr Al Nimr: Anatomy of a Man

Why is the death of one person stirring all this tension? BY Ibrahim Fraihat SINCE RETURNING TO HIS VILLAGE in eastern Saudi Arabia in 1999, after having spent over a decade studying, teaching and preaching abroad (namely in Iran and Syria) Sheikh Nimr Baqir Al Nimr’s fiery speeches were causing considerable frustration to the Saudi

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China Envoy Calls for Calm and Restraint Between Saudi, Iran

BEIJING, Jan 11 – A Chinese envoy who visited Saudi Arabia and Iran over the past week has called for both countries to exercise calm and restraint amid an on-going feud between the two countries, in a rare diplomatic foray into the region by Beijing. Tensions between the Sunni Muslim kingdom of Saudi Arabia and

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