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Saudi Arabia Cuts Diplomatic Ties With Iran, Foreign Minister Says

saudis cut diplomatic ties with iranSaudi Arabia said on Sunday it had severed ties with Iran over the storming of the Saudi embassy in Tehran, in a worsening diplomatic crisis between the regional rivals following the kingdom's execution of a prominent Shi'ite cleric.

Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir told a news conference Iran's diplomatic mission and related entities in Saudi Arabia had been given 48 hours to leave. He said Riyadh would not allow the Islamic Republic to undermine the Sunni kingdom's security.

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Deadly IS attack on Iraq ex-US Camp Speicher base

Isis attacksAt least 12 members of the Iraqi security forces have been killed in a suicide bomb attack on the former US base of Camp Speicher, outside Tikrit.

There were reports of about five bombers at the camp's western gates. So-called Islamic State (IS) said it carried out the attack. Most of the dead were police recruits.

The attack comes as IS continue to counterattack on the edges of the city of Ramadi, a week after it was recaptured by Iraqi troops.

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Israel indicts Jewish extremists in deadly arson

Israel aresonists arrestedIsrael on Sunday indicted four Jewish extremists suspected in a July arson attack on a Palestinian home that killed a toddler and his parents — a case that has been unsolved for months and helped fuel the current wave of Israeli-Palestinian violence.

The long-awaited indictment follows months of investigations into a web of Jewish extremists operating in the West Bank. The indictment named Amiram Ben-Uliel, 21, as the main suspect in the attack. A minor was charged as an accessory. Yinon Reuveni, 20, and another minor were charged for other violence against Palestinians.

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Iranians set fire to Saudi embassy after cleric's execution

Iranians set fire to Saudi embassyFollowing the execution of an outspoken Shiite cleric in Saudi Arabia on Saturday, protesters ransacked the Saudi embassy in Tehran, setting fire to the building.

The New York Times reported protesters gathered outside of the embassy and began throwing Molotov cocktails at the building. They proceed to break windows and smash furniture.

Iranian journalist Sobhan Hassanvand tweeted photos and videos of the crowd cheering as the building burned.

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Mexican mayor slain one day after taking office

Mexican mayor slainThe mayor of a municipality in Mexico was slain by armed men inside her home on Saturday -- one day after taking office.

Gisela Mota Ocampo was sworn into office Friday to lead Temixco, a city of nearly 100,000 people 60 miles south of Mexico City.

The attackers entered her house Saturday morning while her family was present and killed her in the doorway, said Alberto Capella, Morelos state security commissioner, at a press briefing.

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Saudi Execution Of Shiite Cleric Draws Worldwide Protests

Saudi cleric executedSaudi Arabia's execution of a leading cleric from the Shi'ite Muslim minority drew protests from around the world against the ruling Al Saud family and threatened to further intensify a wave of sectarian conflict in the Middle East.

Lebanon's Supreme Islamic Shi'ite Council called Saturday's execution of cleric Nimr al-Nimr a "grave mistake," and the Hezbollah group termed it an assassination as Shi'ites took to the streets in protest from Tehran to Kashmir.

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UK Iraq veterans 'may face prosecution'

UK vets make face prosecution for war crimesUK soldiers who fought in the Iraq War may face prosecution for war crimes, according to the head of a unit investigating alleged abuses.

Mark Warwick said there were "lots of significant cases" and that discussions would be held over whether they met a war crimes threshold.

Lawyers are continuing to refer alleged abuse by soldiers to the Iraq Historic Allegations Team (IHAT).  The Ministry of Defence said it took such allegations "extremely seriously".

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