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Saudi execution of Shiite cleric sparks outrage, embassy in Tehran stormed

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TEHRAN — Iranian protesters ransacked and set fire to the Saudi Embassy in Tehran on Saturday after Saudi Arabia executed an outspoken Shiite cleric who had criticized the kingdom’s treatment of its Shiite minority.

A crowd of angry protesters hurled petrol bombs and stormed the Saudi Arabian embassy in Tehran early on Sunday morning (local time) before being cleared out by police.

The cleric, Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr, was among 47 men executed in Saudi Arabia on terrorism-related charges, drawing condemnation from Iran and its allies in the region, and sparking fears that sectarian tensions could rise across the Middle East.

Pictures and video on social media showed parts of the building’s interior on fire and smashed furniture inside one office.

The Iranian Students News Agency (ISNA) said the embassy caught fire and the interior was destroyed.

“The police are everywhere and have dispersed the demonstrators, some of whom have been arrested,” ISNA said

Journalist Sobhan Hassanvand, from the local Shargh newspaper, filmed protesters throwing what appeared to be Molotov cocktails and trashing the embassy.

Another witness who lives locally said he saw members of the Basij militia position themselves in front of the embassy building.

“They were throwing Molotov cocktails at the Saudi embassy,” the witness said.

“It began with 15 or 20 people but I saw others joining them from nearby streets.”

Iran’s Foreign Ministry issued a statement calling for calm and urging protesters to respect the diplomatic premises, the Entekhab news website reported.

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Govt orders to block porn sites

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KATHMANDU — The Government on Friday has asked Nepal Telecom Authority to block all porn related sites in the nation,citing an increase in incidents of rape in recent days.

The Ministry for Information and Communication issued a release citing pornographic content to be the reason for rape.

“The Criminal Code 2071 article 121 and other prevalent laws prohibit the production and dissemination of sexually obscene contents,” reads the release from the ministry issued on Friday.

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“In order to prevent the access of such content through electronic media, the need of pulling down such websites inside Nepal has become necessary.”

After the government order, the NTA has also directed all internet service providers in the country to follow the order and ban such sites with effect from Sunday.

The decision of the government to ban pornographic content comes amid the rising rage against the government’s failure to identify the perpetrators who allegedly raped and murdered a 13-year-old schoolgirl Nirmala Panta of Kanchanpur recently.

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