Shiite cleric among 47 prisoners executed in Saudi Arabia…


RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA—Saudi Arabia announced on Saturday it had executed 47 prisoners convicted of terrorism charges, including Al Qaeda detainees and a prominent Shiite cleric who rallied protests against the government.

The execution of Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr is expected to deepen discontent among Saudi Arabia’s Shiite minority and heighten sectarian tensions across the region.

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