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.
Kuwaiti authorities have captured 12 convicted terrorists with alleged ties to Iran and Lebanese Shiite group Hezbollah. Shiites accuse the country's Sunni rulers of politically and legally discriminating against them.
Canada is investigating reports that Saudi Arabia has been employing armored trucks made near Toronto in violence against civilians. Rights groups say Ottawa should suspend weapon sales to Riyadh.
A British study has found that Saudi Arabia plays a key role in the radicalization of Muslims. The Wahhabi influence, fueled by oil money, can be seen in Germany as well, says researcher Susanne Schröter.
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