Twitter erupts after Saudi cleric says chess is forbidden
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A video clip of Saudi Arabia's top cleric saying that the game of chess is "forbidden" in Islam because it wastes time and leads to rivalry and enmity among people has provoked heated debate, and widespread criticism, among Arabic Twitter users.
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