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Anger and mourning in Iran after military parade attack

In Iran, at least 25 people have been killed and dozens more wounded after militants disguised as soldiers opened fire on a military parade on Saturday. Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has blamed both Riyadh and Abu Dhabi for the attack, threatening air strikes in retaliation.


Also, according to Save the Children International, over five million children are at risk of starving to death in Yemen. The three-year conflict between Yemen's Saudi-backed government and Houthi rebels linked to Iran has seen food prices soar. This as fighting continues at the port of Hodeida, further threatening the distribution of aid.

And Saudi Arabia's ongoing diplomatic spat with Canada has affected its economy, maple syrup imports and even its students, many of them ordered by the kingdom to pull out of Canadian universities. Following Ottawa's calls for the release of activists held in Saudi jails, the two countries' relationship rapidly soured, making all the more surprising the appearance of Canada's celebrated Cirque du Soleil in Riyadh to mark Saudi National Day.

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