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Cleric eyes government as election upset rocks Iraq

BAGHDAD: Populist Shia cleric Moqtada Sadr on Tuesday eyed a broad coalition after appearing to deal a blow to both Iranian and American influence with a shock election triumph that has upended Iraqi politics. Counting was still ongoing…

Afghan Shias fear further attacks on Ashura

KABUL: The Afghan capital Kabul braced on Saturday for further possible attacks ahead of Ashura, the holiest day on the Shia Muslim calendar, a day after an attack claimed by Islamic State that killed at least five people near a large Shia…

Iranians among 52 dead in Iraq attacks claimed by IS

NASRIYAH, IRAQ: Gunmen and suicide car bombers on Thursday killed at least 52 people including Iranians near the southern Iraqi city of Nasiriyah, in an attack claimed by the Islamic State group. The attackers struck at midday, opening…

Saudi Arabia condemns 15 to death for spying for Iran

RIYADH: A Saudi court on Tuesday sentenced 15 people to death for spying for the kingdom's rival Iran, local media and a source close to the case said, in a move likely to heighten regional tensions. The source told AFP that most of the…

Gunmen kill two Saudi policeman

RIYADH: Unidentified gunmen killed two Saudi policemen in the eastern city of Dammam early on Tuesday, authorities in the region said. The officers came under "heavy fire from an unknown source" as they parked their vehicle in a commercial…

Iranians are ‘not Muslims’: Saudi Grand Mufti

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia's Grand Mufti Abdulaziz al-Sheikh has said that Iranians are "not Muslims", after Iran's supreme leader launched a fresh tirade over the kingdom's handling of the hajj pilgrimage, a newspaper reported on Tuesday.