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    Tensions in Middle East Heat Up as Saudi Arabia, Iran Cut Diplomatic Tiesi
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    January 05, 2016 1:54 AM
    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.

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

    Published January 04, 2016

    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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