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Iran Stops Doing Business with Saudi Arabia as Nimr Execution Rankles

By Katie Paul DUBAI, Jan 7 – Relations between Iran and Saudi Arabia deteriorated even further on Thursday as Tehran severed all commercial ties with Riyadh and accused Saudi jets of attacking its embassy in Yemen’s capital. A row has been raging for days between Shiite Muslim power Iran and the conservative Sunni kingdom since

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Saudi Will Collapse if it Keeps its “Sectarian” Policies: Iran Guards

By Bozorgmehr Sharafedin DUBAI, Jan 7 – The deputy head of Iran’s powerful Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) told Saudi Arabia on Thursday it would “collapse” in coming years if it kept pursuing what he called its sectarian policies in the region. Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Sudan and Djibouti broke off ties with Iran this week, the United

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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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Saudi’s Nimr Al Nimr: A Martyr or Terrorist?

BY Hussein Shobokshi Saudi Arabia’s recent execution of 47 terrorists—45 of whom were Saudi nationals—sent a loud and clear message: that there will be absolutely zero tolerance for terrorism, extremism or sectarianism in the Kingdom. Many Saudis reaction to the news was one of relief as it brought a sense of closure to an ugly

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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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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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Sunni States Back Saudi Arabia in Growing Row With Iran

By Sam Wilkin DUBAI, Jan 4 – Saudi Arabia’s Sunni allies rallied behind the kingdom on Monday and several joined Riyadh in severing or downgrading diplomatic relations with Tehran, deepening a sectarian split across the Middle East. Bahrain and Sudan cut all ties with Iran, and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), home to hundreds of

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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-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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