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Saudi severs ties with Iran after embassy attacked

An Iraqi man on January 3, 2016 in Baghdad holds a portrait of Shiite Muslim cleric Nimr al-Nimr during a demonstration against his execution by Saudi authoritiesSaudi Arabia broke off diplomatic ties with Iran on Sunday after protesters ransacked its embassy in Tehran to protest the execution of a Shiite cleric whose killing has sparked fury. Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir made the announcement at a news conference in Riyadh, and said Iranian diplomats had 48 hours to leave the kingdom. The diplomatic fallout come as Iran’s supreme leader said Saudi Arabia would face “quick consequences” for executing Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr, and as Washington urged regional leaders to soothe escalating sectarian tensions between Sunni and Shiite Muslims.

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