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Saudi Arabia's security forces have sealed off the Shia majority town of Awamiya in the east of the country following months of unrest and clashes.

Ten Nobel laureates from across the world have penned an open letter urging Saudi Arabian authorities to hold off on the execution of 14 Shia citizens convicted of protest-linked crimes.

Saudi Arabia 'in control' of 'flattened' Shia district

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Saudi Arabia 'in control' of 'flattened' Shia district

Saudi Arabia's destructive campaign in the Shia-majority eastern province is 'complete' with huge concern over the human cost in this brutal security offensive.

Canada 'urgently' investigating use of vehicles in Saudi crackdown

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Canada 'urgently' investigating use of vehicles in Saudi crackdown

Canada is working "with a real sense of urgency" to investigate whether Canadian-made military vehicles were used by Saudi forces in an ...

Saudi Arabia defends death penalty verdict for Shia activists

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Saudi Arabia defends death penalty verdict for Shia activists

Saudi Arabia's justice ministry has made a rare statement defending the death sentence passed on a group of Shia protesters.

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Saudi Arabia executes four 'terrorism' convicts in Qatif

Saudi Arabia has executed four people convinced of terrorism in the Shia majority eastern province of Qatif, the interior ministry has said.

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Violence erupts following Saudi demolition of historic Shia homes

Clashes have erupted between Saudi security forces and Shia gunmen after the demolition of centuries-old homes in the Shia town of ...

Robert Springborg

Saudi succession reshuffle threatens the house of cards

Comment: An indulged prince who flaunts his wealth, newly proclaimed Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman will find building support amid increasing ...

Robert Springborg

Saudi succession reshuffle threatens the house of cards

Comment: An indulged prince who flaunts his wealth, newly proclaimed Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman will find building support amid increasing ...

Saudi Arabia officer killed by grenade in Qatif province

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Saudi Arabia officer killed by grenade in Qatif province

Protests against the demolition of the old town of Awamiyah, the hometown of Shia cleric, Nimr al-Nimr, have led to ...

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Bahrain investigates 'terrorist' hack of foreign minister's Twitter account

Tweets from Al-Khalifa’s account called for the end of the Bahraini monarchy and accused Bahrain and Saudi Arabia of imposing a ...

Suspected car bomb explodes in Saudi Shia-majority city

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Suspected car bomb explodes in Saudi Shia-majority city

An explosion has been reported in eastern Saudi Arabia, in a city beset with political unrest with the perpetrators still unknown.

Roadside bomb in restive Saudi town injures two policemen

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Roadside bomb in restive Saudi town injures two policemen

The security agents were protecting demolition workers who are demolishing the town's old quarter, despite fierce opposition from the local ...

Ten events that changed Iran since the Islamic Revolution

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Ten events that changed Iran since the Islamic Revolution

Iran is due to hold presidential elections on Friday. Here is a look back at ten key dates in the country's history, since the 1979 Islamic ...

Saudi soldier killed as eastern province unrest continues

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Saudi soldier killed as eastern province unrest continues

Controversial reconstruction plans in the Shia majority town of Awamiya in Saudi Arabia's Qatif province have met with armed opposition from ...

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Gunfire reported in flash-point Saudi Shia town

Gunfire was heard in the flash-point Saudi town of Awamiya on Wednesday, residents said, as authorities moved into a neighbourhood slated for redevelopment.

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Saudi Arabia 'detaining activists' on terrorism charges, says UN

A UN lawyer has accused Saudi Arabia of a long list of human rights violations including detaining and torturing free speech activists.

Paul Iddon

It's high time for a restoration of Iraq-Saudi relations

Comment: Baghdad could be a mediator between Riyadh and Tehran, helping to reduce tensions across the Middle East, writes Paul Iddon.

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Saudi Arabia executes three people for heroin smuggling

Three Pakistani nationals were executed in Saudi Arabia on Sunday after being convicted of smuggling heroin into the ultra-conservative kingdom.

Israeli police kill Palestinian woman over alleged stabbing attempt Israeli police kill Palestinian woman over alleged stabbing attempt

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Israeli police kill Palestinian woman over alleged stabbing attempt

Israeli forces on Wednesday shot dead a Palestinian woman claiming she attempted to stab police with scissors, only months after killing her son.

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Teenage 'suspect' dies after gunfire in Saudi's Eastern Province

An 18-year-old teenager suspected of criminal activities in Saudi Arabia's Eastern Province was killed on Sunday after being shot dead by police ...

Ark of endangered species on the brink in Yemen

Scott Preston

Ark of endangered species on the brink in Yemen

With Taiz wracked by conflict animals in the city's zoo, including rare species of lion, leopard, and tiger, face starvation. Campaigners, ...

UAE to start exporting its own armoured vehicles

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UAE to start exporting its own armoured vehicles

NIMR Automotive is to build a whole fleet of armoured vehicles for the UAE army, in addition to a number of Eastern European countries.

Saudi Arabia 'optimistic' over Trump stance on Iran

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Saudi Arabia 'optimistic' over Trump stance on Iran

Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said he was positive about the way the incoming US administration wanted to restore US influence ...

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