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TEHRAN---Iran s top leader yesterday warned
Saudi Arabia of "divine revenge" over the execu-
tion of an opposition Shiite cleric while Riyadh
accused Tehran of supporting terrorism, escalating
a war of words hours after protesters stormed
the Saudi Embassy in Tehran.
Saudi Arabia announced the execution of Sheikh
Nimr al-Nimr on Saturday along with 46 others,
including three other Shiite dissidents and a number
of al-Qaida militants. It was the largest mass exe-
cution carried out by the kingdom in three and a
Al-Nimr was a central figure in protests by Saudi
Arabia s Shiite minority until his arrest in 2012, and
his execution drew condemnation from Shiites
across the region.
Iran s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei
condemned the execution yesterday in a statement
on his website, saying al-Nimr "neither invited
people to take up arms nor hatched covert plots.
The only thing he did was public criticism."
Iran s powerful Revolutionary Guard said Saudi
Arabia s "medieval act of savagery" in executing
the cleric would lead to the "downfall" of the coun-
try s monarchy.
Saudi Arabia s Foreign Ministry said that by con-
demning the execution, Iran had "revealed its true
face represented in support for terrorism."
The statement, carried by the official Saudi Press
Agency, accused Tehran of "blind sectarianism"
and said that "by its defence of terrorist acts" Iran
is a "partner in their crimes in the entire region."
Al-Nimr was convicted of terrorism charges but
denied ever advocating violence.
Sunni Saudi Arabia and Shiite Iran are locked in
a bitter rivalry, and support opposite sides in the
wars in Syria and Yemen.
Iran accuses Saudi Arabia of supporting "ter-
rorism" in part because it backs Syrian rebel groups,
while Riyadh points to Iran s support for the
Lebanese Hezbollah and other Shiite militant groups
in the region.
The Iranian Foreign Ministry has summoned the
Saudi envoy in Tehran to protest, while the Saudi
Foreign Ministry later said it had summoned Iran s
envoy to the kingdom to protest Iran s criticism of
the execution, saying it represented "blatant inter-
ference" in its internal affairs.
In Tehran, the crowd gathered outside the Saudi
Embassy early yesterday and chanted anti-Saudi
slogans. Some protesters threw stones and Molotov
cocktails at the embassy, setting off a fire in part
of the building, said the country s top police official,
Gen. Hossein Sajedinia, according to the semiofficial
Tasnim news agency.
He later said police had removed the protesters
from the building and arrested some of them, adding
that the situation had been "defused."
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, while con-
demning Saudi Arabia s execution of al-Nimr, also
branded those who attacked the Saudi Embassy as
"It is unjustifiable," he said in a statement. (AP)
Prince William more emotional now
LONDON---Prince William has said that being a father has made
him "more emotional" and more prone to welling up.
The royal is the father of two children, two-year-old Prince George
and Princess Charlotte, born in May.
In a television interview, the 33-year-old said that becoming a
parent has made him more aware of "how precious life is."
William said that he "never used to get too wound up or worried
about things," but now feels more affected by world events.
"Now the smallest little things, you well up a little more, you get
affected by the sort of things that happen around the world or
whatever a lot more, I think, as a father," he said.
"Just because you realise how precious life is and it puts it all in
perspective. The idea of not being around to see your children grow
up and stuff like that."
The ITV programme, to be aired today in Britain, is about William's
father Prince Charles' charity, the Prince's Trust, set up 40 years ago.
It also features interviews with Charles and his wife Camilla. (AP)
HONOLULU---US President Barack
Obama is returning to the rancor of
the nation's capital after two weeks of
fun and sun in his native Hawaii,
saying he's "fired up" for his final year
in office and ready to tackle unfinished
At the top of Obama's priority list is
executive action that is expected to
expand when background checks are
required for gun purchases. Obama is
meeting with Attorney General Loretta
Lynch today to discuss a three-month
review of what actions he could take
to help reduce gun violence.
Republicans strongly oppose any
moves Obama may make, and legal
fights seem likely over what critics
would view as infringing on their
constitutional rights to bear arms. But
Obama is committed to an aggressive
agenda in 2016 even as public
attention shifts to the presidential
Obama spent much of his vacation
out of the public eye, playing golf with
friends and dining out on the island of
Oahu with his family.
"I am fired up for the year that
stretches out before us. That's
because of what we've accomplished
together over the past seven," Obama
said in his weekly radio and Internet
Saudis over execution
of Shiite cleric
The Duke and
Obama 'fired up' for final year
MEXICO CITY---Officials say they have
killed two people and arrested three oth-
ers linked to the slaying of a Mexico
mayor who had taken office only a day
earlier. The state s governor said yes-
terday that organised crime was
behind the attack.
Gunmen killed Mayor Gisela Mota
Saturday at her house in Temixco,
one of several cities around Cuer-
navaca that have been struggling
with kidnappings and extortions by
organised crime gangs.
Police quickly located a car of pre-
sumed assailants who opened fire
on officers, the Morelos state
government said in a state-
In a separate car, officials
said they found two guns,
one of them a semiauto-
matic, and ski masks.
Three people were
detained --- a 32-year-
old woman, an 18-
year-old and a minor.
General Javier Perez
Duron said the sus-
pects have been tied
to other crimes, but
declined to provide
On his Twitter
Ramirez attributed Mota s killing to organ-
ised crime, without citing a particular cartel
He later announced state officials were
establishing special security measures for
all off Morelos mayors.
One organisation representing mayors
in the country, the Association of Local
Authorities of Mexico, issued a statement
saying nearly 100 mayors have been killed
across Mexico over the past decade,
"principally at the hands of organised
Mota, who had been a federal con-
gresswoman, had been sworn into office
on New Year s Day.
Her center-left Democratic Revolution
Party released a statement describing her
as "a strong and brave woman who on
taking office as mayor, declared that her
fight against crime would be frontal and
Temixco, with about 100,000 people,
is a suburb of Cuernavaca, a city famed
among tourists for its colonial center,
gardens and jacaranda-decked streets.
"The city of eternal spring" was long a
favourite weekend getaway for people
from nearby Mexico City.
Drug and extortion gangs have plagued
the state in recent years, driving away
some tourists and residents.
On its southwest border is the gang-
plagued state of Guerrero, whose Pacific
Coast resort of Acapulco has seen a sharp
increase in murders. (AP)
Cops kill 2 suspects
Mayor slain day after taking office
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