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Turkey widens purge, demands US hand over cleric

Turkey purged its police on Monday after rounding up thousands of soldiers in the wake of a failed military coup, and said it could reconsider its friendship with the US unless Washington hands over a cleric Ankara blames for the putsch.

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Syria's opposition urges Arab states to cut Iran ties

Syria's political opposition in exile urged all Arab countries on Monday to sever diplomatic ties with Iran after Saudi Arabia, a strong supporter of the Syrian opposition, cut relations with Tehran. Saudi Arabia has been rall

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Saudi Arabia backs regional peace bids despite Iran row

Saudi Arabia said on Monday it would restore ties with Iran when Tehran stopped meddling in the affairs of other countries and pledged that Riyadh would continue to work "very hard" to support bids for peace in Syria and Yemen despite

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47 executed were granted fair trials: Saudi at UN

Saudi Arabia defended its judicial process at the United Nations on Monday, saying that 47 people executed at the weekend had been granted "fair and just trials without any consideration to their intellectual, racial, or sectarian affiliati

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Saudi Arabia cuts ties with Iran

Saudi Arabia cut ties with Iran on Sunday, responding to the storming of its embassy in Tehran in an escalating row between the rival Middle East powers over Riyadh's execution of a Shi'ite Muslim cleric. Foreign Minister

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Iranian cleric challenges nuke deal with world powers

A senior cleric challenged Iran's historic nuclear deal with world powers on Friday, echoing a cautious early assessment of the accord by Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, an arch-conservative who has the last word on matters of state.

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Saudi sentences outspoken cleric to death: brother

A Saudi judge on Wednesday sentenced to death an outspoken Shi'ite Muslim cleric whose arrest two years ago prompted deadly protests, the cleric's brother said on his Twitter account. Sheikh Nimr Al Nimr was detained in Ju

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Kuwait briefly detains cleric in militant funding row

Kuwait briefly detained a prominent Sunni Muslim cleric less than two weeks after the US included him on a sanctions list on suspicion he was funnelling money to militants in Iraq and Syria, his lawyer said on Monday. Shafi Al-Ajm

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Kuwait revokes citizenship of 10 more people

The Kuwaiti government said on Monday it had revoked the citizenship of 10 people, including a well-known Muslim cleric, in an escalating political crackdown. The cabinet adopted last month what it called an "iron fist policy

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Top cleric's funds frozen by Vatican

The Vatican said it had frozen funds belonging to a senior cleric at the centre of a suspected money smuggling operation, and could open investigations into other individuals. Monsignor Nunzio Scarano, who has close links to the V

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