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Saudi Arabia Seen as Seeking to Project Tough Image

As Saudi diplomats return from Iran after the severing of diplomatic relations, protests continue in neighboring Bahrain over the Saudi kingdom’s execution of Shi’ite cleric Nimr al-Nimr. The cleric, along with 46 other condemned men, was executed on Saturday, prompting protests from Shi’ite groups around the world against the Sunni Saudi Arabian monarchy. The mass executions appeared to be a show of strength by a country surrounded by turmoil and deeply concerned about potential...

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