Saudi Arabia severs ties with Iran following cleric execution

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Saudi Arabia announced on Sunday it was severing diplomatic relations with Iran amid escalating tensions over the kingdom’s execution of a prominent Shia cleric. The move came hours after demonstrators stormed and set fire to the Saudi Embassy in Tehran in protest over the death of Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr. Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said Iranian diplomatic personnel had 48 hours to leave his country and all Saudi diplomatic personnel in Iran had been recalled home.