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Saudi Arabia cuts ties with Iran after al-Nimr execution...

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Riyadh:Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir announced on Sunday that Riyadh severed its diplomatic relations with Tehran one day after the government and people of Iran protested to execution of dissident cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr. A weary-looking al-Jubeir whose country is entangled with its prolonged aggression on neighboring Yemen and futile support to the extremist terrorists in Syria and Iraq amid the 11-year-low plummeting prices of the kingdom’s lifline crude oil, told reporters in...

Nimr execution won’t be taken lightly:Syed Hassan Nasr...

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Beirut:Seyyed Hassan Nasrallah, the secretary general of the Lebanese Islamic Resistance movement Hezbollah, says the execution of prominent Shia cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr by the Al Saud regime will not be taken lightly. During a televised address on Sunday, Nasrallah said criticism is forbidden Saudi Arabia, adding that the country is no place for any cleric of any sect casting the kingdom’s policies into question. Elaborating on Riyadh’s way of treating criticism, however, the Hezbollah...

Iranian Sunni clerics denounce Sheikh Nimr execution...

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Tehran:Sunni clerics in the Iranian Province of Western Azerbaijan denounced the recent execution of Shia cleric in Saudi Arabia saying that the move has revealed the heinous nature of Al Saud.   Mamusta Mostafa Mahmoudi, Friday prayer leader of Piranshahr, in an interview with Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) called Saudi Arabia as the hub of oppression and that was the reason for uprising of Sheikh Nimr, reported Wilayat Times He added,” Saudi Arabia found the Shia cleric as a great threat...

Riyadh using execution to settle political scores: Amnesty...

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Geneva:Human rights group Amnesty International says Saudi Arabia’s execution of prominent Shia cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr shows Riyadh is using death penalty to “settle political scores.” The London-based rights group made the remarks on Saturday, following the execution of Sheikh Nimr and 46 others, including Shia activists and Sunnis accused of being involved in al-Qaeda-linked attacks. “What the Saudi Arabian authorities have said so far indicates they regard these executions as taken...

UN chief expresses ‘dismay’ at Sheikh Nimr’s execu...

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Geneva:United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon says he is “deeply dismayed” by Saudi Arabia’s execution of prominent Shia cleric, Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr, calling on the Riyadh regime to commute all death sentences handed down in the kingdom. “Sheikh Nimr and a number of the other prisoners executed had been convicted following trials that raised serious concerns over the nature of the charges and the fairness of the process,” Ban’s spokesman quoted him as saying in a statement released...

Saudis seek to trigger sectarian strife:Ayatollah Naser Maka...

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Tehran:A senior Iranian cleric says the execution of prominent Shia cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr indicates that Saudi Arabia seeks to trigger sectarian strife between Shia and Sunni Muslims. “Certainly, this crime has not been [committed] without the US knowledge…and we know that it is in line with creating a sectarian war between Sunnis and Shias,” Ayatollah Nasser Makarem-Shirazi said on Saturday. He added that Saudis take every action after consulting with the US; however, they should know...

Daesh, brainchild of west to disperse Muslims:Top Iranian Su...

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Tehran:Prominent Iranian Sunni scholar called Daesh as brainchild of the west and a means to damage Muslim world.Molvi Mohammad Eshaq Madani, Sunni member of the World Forum for Proximity of Islamic Schools of Thought, warned against Daesh as an anti-Islamic plot from within Muslim community created by world arrogant powers.Sunni cleric, participating the fifth conference on Shia Sunni fraternal ties in Kerman Province, referred to the disagreements among Muslims demanding for solutions to the issues...

Sunni cleric hails Ashura as Islamic unity axis...

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Sheikh Ahmad al Zein, head of the society of scholars in Lebanon, extended his condolences over the martyrdom anniversary of Imam Hussein (AS), third Shia Imam, saying that Ashura aimed at defending Islamic ideologies and the holy Qur’an, reported Taqrib News Agency (TNA). He said,” Ashura has undecover lessons of sacrifice. It is in fact a school where knowledge and culture are fully manifested.” Head judge of Sidon also noted Ashura as the day when the message of Islam in institutionalizing...

Rohingya refugee returns home from detention camp: Australia...

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“I can say that of the four people that originally went to Cambodia, one of those people has decided voluntarily to return [home],” Peter Dutton said on Friday. According to the Cambodian officials, the 25-year-old man volunteered to go back to Myanmar because he felt homesick. The Rohingya man was among four refugees who volunteered to move to Cambodia’s Phnom Penh from Nauru Island earlier this year. Diversion Australia recently reached a controversial deal with Cambodia under which the latter...

New Palestinian Intifada taking shape: Iran official...

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“The current developments in Palestine and the resistance of the people and youths in the occupied territories indicate the germination of a new Intifada,” Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said on Thursday. Intifada is a Palestinian uprising against Israeli occupation. The first Intifada took place between 1987 and 1993, and the second one in the 2000s. The Iranian official said the new uprising is developing as a reaction against the “acts...