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Shiite anger after Saudi Arabia executes top cleric

Saudi Shiite women hold placards bearing portraits of prominent Shiite Muslim cleric Nimr al-Nimr during a protest in the eastern coastal city of Qatif against his execution by Saudi authorities, on January 2, 2016Sunni Muslim Saudi Arabia executed a prominent Shiite cleric, prompting outrage in Shiite-majority countries with angry crowds in Iran setting fire to the kingdom’s embassy and consulate. Nimr al-Nimr, who spent more than a decade studying theology in Iran and was a driving force behind anti-government protests in Saudi Arabia in 2011, was put to death along with 46 other men, the Saudi interior ministry said. Along with the 56-year-old were Shiite activists and Sunnis accused of involvement in Al-Qaeda killings.

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