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The booming business of cannabis in Spain

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Tanzanian President dismisses almost 10,000 public servants over forged college certificates

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French Election: Abstention, Anger & Apathy

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Macron vs. Le Pen: France's bitter presidential run-off race (part 1)

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Trump's First 100 Days, The Pope in Egypt (part 2)

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Egypt's Coptic Christians targeted by Islamic State group

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France's wartime past takes centre stage in presidential campaign

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How one NGO is using 3D printers to improve disaster relief

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What remains of Nicaragua’s revolution?

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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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    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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