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Turkey targeted: Islamic State Group blamed for Istanbul attack (part 1)

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THE DEBATE

Turkey targeted: Terror attack coincides with foreign policy pivot (part 2)

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THE INTERVIEW

" We have a lot that we can do together to make Middle East a better place"

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Will Bolivia see a lithium boom?

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MIDDLE EAST MATTERS

Child refugees: Inside Turkey's hidden sweatshops

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Film show: 'The Red Turtle', 'Camping 3' and 'The Balkan Trilogy'

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After Brexit, is a Frexit possible?

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BUSINESS DAILY

Vodafone warns it could move HQ out of UK

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IN THE PAPERS

French people against a 'Frexit' referendum

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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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