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MIDDLE EAST – ISLAM
As riots break out in the Muslim world, Bahrain and Sudan severe diplomatic relations with Iran
Manama and Khartoum follow Riyadh. The United Arab Emirates downgrade their diplomatic relations with Iran to the level of chargé d’affaires. Demonstrations and clashes spread in Bahrain, Lebanon, Pakistan, and Indian Kashmir. Three Sunni mosques are bombed in Iraq. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani expresses balanced words. Al-Nimr’s brother slams the violence.
23/03/2016 09:27:00 SAUDI ARABIA
Saudi Arabia arrests Shiite religious leader for "exalting" Hezbollah
Hussein al-Radi detained in the Eastern Province as part of the "war" launched by the Gulf States against supporters of the Lebanese militant group. He had already come under fire from the authorities for defending Nimr al-Nimr. In a video posted online he described him as a "hero".
15/10/2014 SAUDI ARABIA
Riyadh sentences Shia cleric to death for 2011 riots
Sheikh Nimr Baqir al-Nimr was arrested two years ago for causing unrest in the oil-rich, Shia-majority Eastern Province. Shias accuse Sunni authorities of discrimination. During the arrest, police shot him four times in the leg. Days of violent rioting followed.
08/02/2007 MIDDLE EAST
Iran-Saudi Arabia confrontation play out in Hamas-Fatah talks
Success in reconciling Palestinian factions would strengthen Riyadh’s hand in the struggle for leadership in the Middle East.
08/10/2009 MIDDLE EAST
High expectations and few illusions for King Abdullah’s visit to Damascus
The meeting between the Saudi king and the Syrian president could reduce many of the tensions in the Middle East, from the formation of a government in Lebanon to reconciliation among the Palestinians. But it is highly unlikely to lead to a real distancing between Damascus and Tehran.
14/03/2016 14:07:00 S. ARABIA - BAHRAIN - LEBANON
Saudi Arabia and Bahrain ready to expel Hezbollah activists and sympathizers
Riyadh against Saudis who "support" the Lebanese Shiite movement. They will be tried under anti-terrorism laws. Bahrain adopts expulsion policy, 10 families already deported. Arab countries continue the encirclement against Hezbollah. Nasrallah: "Saudis paying price for failed bets in Syria and Yemen".
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