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From the archives: Caught in the crossfire in Colombia

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Video: Harlan Coben on suspense, suburbia and success

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Democratic Republic of Congo: Inside Camp Garlic, a stronghold of ADF militia

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Rousseff defends her track record

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IN THE PAPERS

More debates on the economy, not on the burkini

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Apple set to face record tax penalty from EU

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Weiner strikes again

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THE DEBATE

Colombia's Path to Peace: Can historic deal with FARC rebels work? (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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