Saudi Arabia has executed a top Shiite cleric on charges of terrorism and incitement to violence. He was one of 47 people put to death on terror-related charges. Political analyst Markus Kaim explains what impact this will have on the region.
In a rare criticism of Saudi Arabia by the United Nations, rights experts have called on the kingdom to release dozens of detained activists. The UN panel has accused Saudi authorities of abusing counterterrorism laws.
The Iranian president has urged Saudi Arabia to end its war in Yemen and sever alleged ties with Israel to improve relations with the Islamic republic. Iran and Saudi Arabia have witnessed relations nosedive since 2016.
The Middle East has been torn by a polarizing feud between Sunni-majority Saudi Arabia and Shiite-dominated Iran. DW examines the tense relationship and why both countries are fueling regional conflicts.
Riyadh and Tehran have not been speaking to each other since they broke off diplomatic relations in January 2016. The small Alpine country has just finalized an agreement to end the silence.
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