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Death Sentence for Saudi Cleric Sparks Protests

There has been an international outcry in recent days after a judge in Saudi Arabia handed down a death sentence to a prominent Shi’ite cleric, prompting protests among the minority Shi’ite population in the country. Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr was convicted of "disobeying the ruler" and "inciting sectarian strike." Analysts fear the sentence could exacerbate the already high sectarian tensions in the country. Shi’ites living in Saudi Arabia’s Eastern Province have long...

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