From Washington, this is VOA news. I'm Dave DeForest reporting.
Anger erupts at Saudi execution: Saudi Arabia has severed diplomatic ties with Iran, less than a day after demonstrators in the Iranian capital stormed the Saudi embassy to protest the execution of a prominent Shi'ite cleric. [sound] Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, says Saudi Arabia will face (what he called) "divine vengeance" for its execution of Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr. Al-Nimr was a prominent Shi'ite cleric and a critic of Saudi Arabia's royal family.