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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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Nepal removed from ICAO’s blacklist

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KATHMANDU — International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) has removed Nepal’s aviation sector from the Significant Safety Concern (SSC) list.

Speaking at the House of Representitives on Friday, Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Rabindra Adhikari has informed that the international flight regulation body has removed from the black list.

“Nepal has been eliminated from the ICAO’s Significant Safety Concern List. The ICAO has been keeping an eye on the air space and the functionaries of its 192 member nations,” Minister Adhikari informed.

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In it’s 2013 audit report, Nepal was enlisted in SSC list and Nepal’s compliance to the ICAO’s standard at that time stood only at 55 percent out of the standard 60 percent.

“In regard to this, the attempts made by the government of Nepal and the International Aviation Organization have leaped forward to 66.08 percent which can be regarded as the most significant progress,” Adhikari apprised the parliament on Friday.

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