An Iranian woman holds up a poster showing Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr in Tehran.
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Tensions between Saudi Arabia and Iran erupted into a full-blown diplomatic crisis Monday as Riyadh and its allies cut or reduced ties with Tehran, sparking global concern.Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said Riyadh would also halt air traffic and commercial relations between the rival powers.Iran accused Saudi Arabia of using the attack on the embassy as an "excuse" to sever ties and further increase sectarian tensions, as protesters in Iran and Iraq marched for a third day to denounce Saudi Arabia's execution of Shiite Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr.The UAE said Iran needed to stay out of Arab affairs and not act like a protector of Arab Shiites. Germany's Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel also urged Saudi Arabia and Iran to restore diplomatic relations, and warned Saudi Arabia Monday that Berlin could review military exports to the oil-rich nation.The row between Iran and Saudi Arabia threatened to derail efforts to end Syria's nearly 5-year-old civil war, where Saudi Arabia and other Gulf Arab powers support rebel groups against Iran-backed President Bashar Assad.U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told the Saudi foreign Monday that Riyadh's decision to break off diplomatic ties with Iran was extremely troubling.
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