News: 06-Jan-16

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  1. 5 facts about Sunnis and Shiites that help make sense of the Saudi-Iran crisis
    The execution of Shiite cleric Nimr Baqr al-Nimr by Saudi Arabia has sparked a furor in the Middle East along sectarian lines. In Iran, the regional Shiite superpower, the Saudi Embassy was ransacked and burned.
  2. Shias in Kanpur stage protest against the execution of cleric Bakir-Al-Nimr in Saudi
    Kanpur: Execution of Shia cleric Seikh Bakir-Al-Nirm along with 46 others including a Sunni cleric Faris-Al-Jehrani by the Saudi government has angered both Shia and Sunni community who came out on city roads to protest on Tuesday.
  3. Sunnis, Shias meet over execution row
    MUMBAI: While condemning the execution of 47 individuals, including prominent Shia cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr, by Saudi authorities, a joint meeting of Shia-Sunni leaders has counselled peace between the two sects of Islam.
  4. Saudi forces open indiscriminate fire at buildings, cars in Shia town
    Saudi security forces have opened indiscriminate fire on vehicles and buildings in a Shia-populated town in the country’s east, where a contingent of armored vehicles arrived on Tuesday to curb any unrest.
  5. US warned Saudis of Nimr’s execution in advance
    The administration of US President Barack Obama says it had previously warned Saudi Arabia about damaging consequences that would follow the execution of Shia cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr.
  6. Execution in Saudi: In Lucknow, war of words between Shia, Sunni clerics escalate
    A day after Sunnis questioned the Shias’ protest against the execution of Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr in Saudi Arabaia, the war of words between the clerics of the two sects in Lucknow continued with Maulana Kalbe Jawwad condemning the statement of Maulana Abdul Aleem Farooqui in which he “compared” the hanging of the Shia cleric with that of terrorist Ajmal Kasab.
  7. Islamic State ‘loses 40% of territory in Iraq’
    Islamic State (IS) has lost 40% of the territory it once controlled in Iraq, a spokesman for the US-led coalition battling the jihadist group says.
  8. Mideast Rift Rekindles Sectarian Tensions in Iraq
    BAGHDAD—Shiite politicians and religious leaders urged their followers to take to the streets of Baghdad on Wednesday to protest Saudi Arabia’s execution of a dissident Shiite cleric as the prime minister appealed for calm amid a threat of fresh sectarian violence.
  9. Saudi Arabia tightens security at Iraqi embassy as tensions rise
    Saudi Arabia has beefed up security at its embassy in Iraq amid heightened regional tensions following the execution of a Shia Muslim cleric.
  10. Turkey reopens Habur crossing with Iraq; allows only 1,250 vehicles daily
    ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Turkey on Tuesday partially reopened its Habur border crossing after a three-week closure, saying that only 1,250 vehicles would be allowed to cross each day.

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