Flash – Iran summons newspaper over Saudi king death headline

King Abdullah

Saudi Arab Iran News
TEHRAN (AFP) -An Iranian newspaper was told Monday it faces a court hearing over an article which is allegedly offensive to Saudi Arabia’s ailing King Abdullah.

The king, who is breathing with the help of a tube due to pneumonia, is in hospital in Riyadh, prompting frenzied debate about the future of the oil-rich Gulf state.

Iranian newspapers are running daily reports on his health, partly explained by an often tense relationship — most recently over falling world oil prices — between the Sunni kingdom and Tehran’s Shiite regime.

Vatan-e-Emrooz, a conservative daily, has been summoned over a front page story on January 6 headlined with a Persian expression often interpreted as “may I hear the news of his death”.

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