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Saudi monarchy raps dissenters

With global attention focused on upheaval elsewhere in the Middle East, Saudi Arabia quietly intensified its clampdown on dissent in 2013, silencing democracy advocates and human-rights defenders with arrests, trials and intimidation in what activists say was one of the darkest years ever for their efforts in the U.S.-allied Persian Gulf state.

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