A satellite TV station based in suburban England is being investigated after allegations it broadcast a Muslim cleric's "hate sermons" and "vile rants" to audiences across the Middle East.

The UK's independent television regulator says it has launched an investigation into Fadak TV, which was founded by Sheikh Yasser al-Habib. The Shia cleric has been accused of making remarks on air considered offensive to Sunni Muslims, and of stirring sectarian tensions in the Islamic world.

Sheikh Yasser's UK-licensed station is based in a former Christian church hall in the leafy village of Fulmer in suburban Buckinghamshire.

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