Sectarian tensions have escalated over Saudi Arabia's execution of a prominent Shiite Muslim religious leader. The killing of Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr has provoked anger among Shiites, especially in Iran.
Fighting has been raging in the eastern Saudi Arabian city of Awamiya for months. Entire neighborhoods have been destroyed, and Riyadh's heavy-handed approach toward its Shiite minority has escalated the situation.
Ordinary Iranians have taken to social media in response to Saudi Arabia's reforms allowing women to drive. Many compared the emergence of women's rights in Saudi Arabia to the sluggish growth of Iran's women's movement.
US President Trump urged the world to pressure Iran to "end its pursuit of death and destruction." He said Iran had committed multiple violations of the accord and called for sanctions on the Iran's Revolutionary Guard.
Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif and Qatari Emir Al Thani also addressed how to ease tension amid Gulf states. However, the meeting could feul Saudi Arabia's criticism that Tehran and Doha are already too cozy.
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