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.
Middle Eastern leaders have proposed and discussed regional security initiatives at the Munich Security Conference. DW's Lewis Sanders says a deal based on guiding principles could help lower tensions in the region.
The UN human rights office has said Iran is the worst in the world when it comes to sentencing minors to death — a crime under international law. Three minors were executed in January, and 80 more remain on death row.
In an interview with DW, one of the most popular women authors in Iran and Germany talks about the impact of censorship on her work, and why she devotes her time to educate women in writing.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has called for a "year of unity" as Iran marks the 39th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution. The celebrations come just weeks after protests calling for changes in government policy.
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