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West Asia boils in Saudi-Iran heat

Bahrain also severs ties with Tehran; Oil prices rise more than two per cent; Stock markets across Gulf drop sharply

Reuters  |  Dubai 

Iran accused Saudi Arabia on Monday of using an attack on its embassy as a pretext to sever ties in a diplomatic crisis deepening their often violent struggle for influence across the Middle East. Saudi Arabia cut ties with Iran on Sunday and fellow-Sunni Bahrain followed suit on Monday, two days after Iranian demonstrators stormed the Saudi embassy in Tehran in protest at Riyadh's execution of a senior Shi'ite cleric. The United Arab Emirates (UAE) also downgraded its ties with Iran, as the dispute between the region's top Sunni and Shi'ite powers rippled across the region, ...

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First Published: Mon, January 04 2016. 23:09 IST