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.
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.
Saudi Arabia is welcoming Muslims from around the globe for one of the world's largest annual gatherings as the ancient hajj ritual begins. This year's pilgrimage has wide political significance.
The move is the latest twist in a nearly 3-month-old diplomatic row between Sunni countries in the Middle East. Among the complaints from Qatar's neighbors is Doha's cozy relationship with Shiite Iran.
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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