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Saudi Arabia puts 81 people to death in kingdom's largest mass execution in decades

Saudi Arabia executed 81 people on Saturday convicted of crimes ranging from killings to belonging to militant groups, the largest known mass execution carried out in the kingdom in its modern history.

Iranian female soccer fan dies after setting herself on fire

An Iranian woman detained for dressing as a man to sneak into a soccer stadium to watch a match has died after setting herself on fire upon learning she could spend six months in prison, semi-official news outlets reported Tuesday.
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Saudi crown prince likely to survive diplomatic crisis spawned by Khashoggi killing

The killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the kingdom's consulate in Istanbul is unlikely to halt Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's rise to power, but could cause irreparable harm to relations with Western governments and businesses, potentially endangering his ambitious reform plans.

Qatar says its hosting of World Cup 'not up for discussion'

Qatar has come out strongly against criticisms of it hosting the 2022 FIFA World Cup, saying the tournament "is not up for discussion or negotiation" following comments this week by Emirati officials.

Qatar blockade could end if it gives up World Cup, says UAE official

A top Emirati security official has said the only way for "Qatar's crisis" to end is if Doha gave up hosting the 2022 FIFA World Cup, his comments coming amid the ongoing diplomatic dispute between the energy-rich nation and four Arab countries.

Trump cabinet pick paid by 'cult-like' Iranian exile group

An official in U.S. President Donald Trump's cabinet and at least one of his advisers gave paid speeches for an Iranian exile group that killed Americans before the 1979 Islamic Revolution, ran donation scams and saw its members set themselves on fire over the arrest of their leader.

Iranian Guards fire rockets near U.S., French warships

Iranian naval vessels conducted rocket tests last week near U.S. warships and commercial traffic passing through the Strait of Hormuz, the American military said Wednesday, causing new tension between the two nations after a landmark nuclear deal.

Deadly Yemen explosions include hotel where cabinet members stay

Attacks targeting exiled Yemeni officials and Saudi-led troops fighting in the country's civil war killed at least 15 people Tuesday in the port city of Aden, authorities said. A new Islamic State affiliate claimed responsibility for the assault, which officials previously blamed on Yemen's Shia rebels.

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