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Iranians set fire to Saudi embassy after cleric's execution

Iranians set fire to Saudi embassyFollowing the execution of an outspoken Shiite cleric in Saudi Arabia on Saturday, protesters ransacked the Saudi embassy in Tehran, setting fire to the building.

The New York Times reported protesters gathered outside of the embassy and began throwing Molotov cocktails at the building. They proceed to break windows and smash furniture.

Iranian journalist Sobhan Hassanvand tweeted photos and videos of the crowd cheering as the building burned.

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Mexican mayor slain one day after taking office

Mexican mayor slainThe mayor of a municipality in Mexico was slain by armed men inside her home on Saturday -- one day after taking office.

Gisela Mota Ocampo was sworn into office Friday to lead Temixco, a city of nearly 100,000 people 60 miles south of Mexico City.

The attackers entered her house Saturday morning while her family was present and killed her in the doorway, said Alberto Capella, Morelos state security commissioner, at a press briefing.

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Saudi Execution Of Shiite Cleric Draws Worldwide Protests

Saudi cleric executedSaudi Arabia's execution of a leading cleric from the Shi'ite Muslim minority drew protests from around the world against the ruling Al Saud family and threatened to further intensify a wave of sectarian conflict in the Middle East.

Lebanon's Supreme Islamic Shi'ite Council called Saturday's execution of cleric Nimr al-Nimr a "grave mistake," and the Hezbollah group termed it an assassination as Shi'ites took to the streets in protest from Tehran to Kashmir.

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UK Iraq veterans 'may face prosecution'

UK vets make face prosecution for war crimesUK soldiers who fought in the Iraq War may face prosecution for war crimes, according to the head of a unit investigating alleged abuses.

Mark Warwick said there were "lots of significant cases" and that discussions would be held over whether they met a war crimes threshold.

Lawyers are continuing to refer alleged abuse by soldiers to the Iraq Historic Allegations Team (IHAT).  The Ministry of Defence said it took such allegations "extremely seriously".

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Putin names United States among threats in new Russian security strategy

Putin and ObamaA new appraisal names the United States as one of the threats to Russia's national security for the first time, a sign of how relations with the west have deteriorated in recent years.

The document, "About the Strategy of National Security of Russian Federation", was signed by President Vladimir Putin on New Year's Eve. It replaces a 2009 version, endorsed by then- President Dmitry Medvedev, the current prime minister, which mentioned neither the United States not NATO.

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Suicide bombing hits restaurant in Afghan capital Kabul

Suicide bomb hits Kabul restaurantThe Taliban claimed responsibility for a suicide attack on Friday at a Kabul restaurant popular with foreigners and Afghan officials, which police said wounded at least five people.

The latest in a series of suicide bombings in the Afghan capital targeted "Le Jardin", one of a small number of restaurants in Kabul still frequented by foreigners. It came almost two years after 21 people, including 13 foreigners, were killed in an attack on a popular Lebanese restaurant in the city.

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Turkish president looks to 'Hitler's Germany' as effective government

Erdogan looks to Hitler for effective government- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan lauded Adolf Hitler's reign over Nazi Germany as a historic example of effective government.

Erdogan, in a push to encourage a presidential system of government, cited "Hitler's Germany" as an example of how such a government can be achieved.

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