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Top cleric Safar al-Hawali ‘detained by Saudi authorities’

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia has detained a prominent Islamist scholar, activists said Thursday, in a widening crackdown on dissent in the kingdom. Rights campaigners and online activists said Sheikh Safar al-Hawali, a Sunni Islamist scholar and leading figure in Saudi Arabia's Islamic Sahwa reformist movement, had been taken into custody. They did not give further details about the case of the scholar, who has pushed a line of anti-Americanism and Islamic rule. Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, named heir to the…