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Tensions in Middle East Heat Up as Saudi Arabia, Iran Cut Diplomatic Ties


Arch-rival Muslim powers Saudi Arabia and Iran have cut diplomatic relations after Riyadh executed a leading dissident Shi’ite cleric over the weekend. Analysts say Saudi Arabia, under pressure from falling oil prices and a rising Iranian challenge, wanted to send a clear message to any who dare challenge the authority of the kingdom. More from VOA's Sharon Behn.

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