Saudi Arabia cuts diplomatic ties with Iran after Nimr execution

Saudi Arabia says it is to cut diplomatic relations with Iran in a sharp escalation of tensions between the two regional foes following the execution of the Saudi Shia cleric, Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr.

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Obama warns of long campaign as Iraq strikes continue against ISIS

US president admits there is no quick fix as minorities flee Islamist onslaught and British planes join relief effort

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40,000 Yazidi Iraqis stranded on mountain as ISIS jihadists threaten death

Members of minority Yazidi sect face slaughter if they go down and dehydration if they stay, while 130,000 fled to Kurdish north

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