1/2/16, "Saudi Arabia executes 47, including Shiite cleric," AP, Dubai, UAE
"Saudi Arabia says it has executed 47 prisoners, including Shiite cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr.
The cleric's name was among a list of the 47 carried by the state-run Saudi Press Agency. It cited the Interior Ministry for the information. Saudi state television also reported the executions.
Al-Nimr was a central figure in Shiite protests that erupted in 2011 as part of the Arab Spring, and carrying out his execution may spark new unrest among the OPEC powerhouse's Shiite minority.
1/2/16, "Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr: Saudi Arabia executes top Shia cleric," BBC
"Saudi Arabia has executed the prominent Shia cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr, the interior ministry said.
Sheikh Nimr was a vocal supporter of the mass anti-government protests that erupted in Saudi Arabia's Eastern Province in 2011.
His arrest two years ago, during which he was shot, triggered days of unrest."