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FRANCE 24 exclusive: The last stand for Libya’s Oil Crescent

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Moody's cuts Turkey's credit rating to junk

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‘Grozny 1999 – Aleppo 2016’

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IN THE PAPERS

Trump and Clinton: 'It's all to play for'

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Turkish foreign minister says troops to move further into Syria

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EYE ON AFRICA

Court ruling expected on Gabon's contested election results

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Clinton's comedy turn

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THE WORLD THIS WEEK

From Sarkozy's populist pivot and ‘Bahamas Leaks’, to failed Syria truce and Rome’s Olympic bid (part 2)

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THE WORLD THIS WEEK

US police shootings: Race relations and the race to the White House (part 1)

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Middle East

Map: Sunni and Shiite influence in the Middle East

Latest update : 2016-01-07

The suspension of diplomatic relations between Saudi Arabia and Iran is the latest salvo in a battle for influence that the two rival powers have waged in the Middle East for centuries. Their mutual antagonism has its roots in the division between the two major sects of Islam, Sunni and Shiite, which dates back to the death of the Prophet Mohammed in 632 AD.

Date created : 2016-01-05

  • DIPLOMACY

    Saudi Arabia halts flights and trade with Iran

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  • DIPLOMACY

    Saudi Arabia allies suspend Iran ties over Shiite cleric row

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  • DIPLOMACY

    Saudi Arabia-Iran tensions escalate following cleric's execution

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