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Spain 'goes nuclear' on Catalonia

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THE INTERVIEW

Civil rights leader Al Sharpton says Trump 'channels' racism

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THE DEBATE

Moment of truth: Spain sets in motion direct rule over Catalonia

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PEOPLE & PROFIT

Must it come down? Market analysts bracing for correction

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FOCUS

Italian regions of Lombardy and Veneto to vote on autonomy

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THE POLITICAL BRIEF

France considers tough new laws to crack down on sexual harassment

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ENCORE!

Inside the new Yves Saint Laurent museum in Morocco

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INSIDE THE AMERICAS

California: When your home is reduced to ashes

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FRENCH CONNECTIONS

#balancetonporc: Sexual harassment and gender inequality in France

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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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