Saudi execution sparks protests

Iraq's top Shiite leaders condemned Saudi Arabia's execution of Nimr, warning ahead of protests that the killing was an injustice that could have serious consequences. Nimr and other Shiite activists were among a total of 47 people executed, most of them described by the interior ministry as involved in killings by Al-Qaeda.
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Bahraini women hold posters bearing portraits of prominent Shiite Muslim cleric Nimr al-Nimr during a protest against his execution by Saudi authorities, in the village of Jidhafs, west of the capital Manama on January 3, 2016. Iraq's top Shiite leaders condemned Saudi Arabia's execution of Nimr, warning ahead of protests that the killing was an injustice that could have serious consequences. (AFP/Getty Images)
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Bahraini protestors hold posters bearing portraits of prominent Shiite Muslim cleric Nimr al-Nimr and shout slogans during a protest against his execution by Saudi authorities, in the village of Jidhafs, west of the capital Manama on January 3, 2016. Iraq's top Shiite leaders condemned Saudi Arabia's execution of Nimr, warning ahead of protests that the killing was an injustice that could have serious consequences. (AFP/Getty Images)
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People demonstrate outside the Saudi Embassy in Ankara, on January 3, 2016, to protest against the execution by Saudi Arabia of a prominent Shiite cleric which they saw as a deliberate sectarian aggression. Nimr and other Shiite activists were among a total of 47 people executed, most of them described by the interior ministry as involved in killings by Al-Qaeda. (AFP/Getty Images)
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Iranian and Turkish demonstrators hold pictures of Shiite cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr as they protest outside the Saudi Embassy in Ankara, on January 3, 2016, to protest against the execution by Saudi Arabia of a prominent Shiite cleric which they saw as a deliberate sectarian aggression. Nimr and other Shiite activists were among a total of 47 people executed, most of them described by the interior ministry as involved in killings by Al-Qaeda. (AFP/Getty Images)
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People demonstrate outside the Saudi Embassy in Ankara, on January 3, 2016, to protest against the execution by Saudi Arabia of a prominent Shiite cleric which they saw as a deliberate sectarian aggression. Nimr and other Shiite activists were among a total of 47 people executed, most of them described by the interior ministry as involved in killings by Al-Qaeda. (AFP/Getty Images)
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A man holds a picture of Shiite cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr during a demonstration outside the Saudi Embassy in Ankara, on January 3, 2016, to protest against the execution by Saudi Arabia of a prominent Shiite cleric which they saw as a deliberate sectarian aggression. Nimr and other Shiite activists were among a total of 47 people executed, most of them described by the interior ministry as involved in killings by Al-Qaeda. (AFP/Getty Images)
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Iraqi men hold portraits of prominent Shiite Muslim cleric Nimr al-Nimr during a demonstration against his execution by Saudi authorities, on January 3, 2016, in the capital Baghdad. Iran and Iraq's top Shiite leaders condemned Saudi Arabia's execution of Nimr, warning ahead of protests that the killing was an injustice that could have serious consequences. (AFP/Getty Images)
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Pakistani Shiite Muslim march in protest rally in Karachi on January 3, 2016, against the execution of prominent Shiite Muslim cleric Nimr al-Nimr by Saudi authorities. Saudi Arabia's execution of a leading Shiite cleric reflects an assertive but risky new approach that threatens to escalate its proxy wars with arch-rival Iran in Syria and Yemen, experts said Sunday. (AFP/Getty Images)