Survey reveals misconceptions, opinions houstonians have about Muslims

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SHAFAQNA- Iqna : Houstonians interviewed for a survey about Muslims are significantly mistaken about the size of that community nationwide and have positive and negative opinions about the people who form it. That is the main takeaway of…

’Substantial progress’ needed before more Yemen peace talks

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SHAFAQNA- Iqna: United Nations Special Envoy for Yemen Martin Griffiths said “substantial progress” would be needed before more talks can be held to build on a ceasefire recently agreed by the warring parties in Sweden and to reach a final…

Iran, Iraq stress expansion of energy ties

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SHAFAQNA- Tehran Times: Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh and his Iraqi counterpart Thamir Ghadhban met on Thursday to discuss expansion of bilateral ties in energy sector. Heading a high-ranking delegation, Zanganeh was welcomed by…

Jaber Sadeghzadeh named Iran’s Pahlevan

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SHAFAQNA- Tehran Times: Jaber Sadeghzadeh won Iran’s Pahlevani Wrestling Championship for the third year in a row on Friday. Sadeghzadeh defeated Amir Mohammadi 6-2 in the +100kg weight category and won the Pahlevani armband in the competition…

Opening ceremony for new lattice-enclosed monuments and Mukhaiem Sanctuary roofing project completion

SHAFAQNA- The Imam Hussain Shrine has held an opening ceremony for the new lattice-enclosed monuments and the completion of the roofing project of the Mukhaiem Sanctuary. A great deal of people, including officials, attended…

Dangerous sea crossings for Asylum-seekers and refugees

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SHAFAQNA- Asylum-seekers and refugees are more likely to resort to dangerous sea crossings when legal routes to protection are limited.    Read more from Shafaqna: Video: More than 30,000 refugees return from Jordan to Syria Video:…

Arab states have no option but restoring ties with Damascus: Analyst

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SHAFAQNA- IRNA: Lebanese writer and analyst George Alam pointed to the failure of Arab countries supporting the terrorists and Syrian government's opponents saying that these countries now have no choice, but restoring ties with Damascus. According…

Myanmar wants to 'work closely' with Bangladesh

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SHAFAQNA- Tehran Times: Myanmar President Win Myint has expressed his interest in working closely with Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to address the common challenges of both countries. "Notwithstanding the challenges facing our…

No visa facility for Israelis, says Pakistan

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SHAFAQNA- Pakistani government has dismissed a news report carried by a section of media regarding provision of any visa facility to Israeli citizens on arrival at Pakistani airports. A government spokesperson categorically stated that Pakistan…

Israeli jetfighters target Damascus airport

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SHAFAQNA- IRNA: Israeli warplanes have targeted Damascus International Airport with missiles, Syrian media reported. According to Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA), a military source affirmed that the Syrian Air Defense intercepted on Friday…

ISESCO REACTION TO PRESENTATION OF AN ANCIENT QURAN IN ISRAEL

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SHAFAQNA- In a press conference held in Rabat, Morraco, Abdulaziz Al-Tuwaijri, Director-General of the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO), described the presentation of a historical Moroccan Quran in Israel as…

MEMORIAL OF SHEIKH NIMR BAQIR AL-NIMR IN LONDON+Photos

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SHAFAQNA- An international group of Bahraini activists presented images of Arab Cleric Sheikh Nimr Baqir al-Nimr at the Marble Arch Square in London, commemorating the third anniversary of his execution by Saudi government. Also, pictures…

Anti-Iran conference to be held by the US: Why in Warsaw?

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SHAFAQNA | By Leila Yazdani : Warsaw will host dozens of countries on February at the request of the US to build pressure on Tehran. The summit was denounced by Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif. US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, on…

U.S. arrivals in Iran up 27% in 7 months on year

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SHAFAQNA- Tehran Times: A total of 1,665 U.S. nationals visited Iran during the first seven months of the current Iranian calendar year (started March 21, 2018), an increase of 27 percent year on year. “1,665 Americans visited Iran during…

Video: Churches of Isfahan, Iran

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SHAFAQNA- There are 13 churches in the Jolfa region of Isfahan, Iran, which with their spectacular architectures and designs show the culture, civilization and coexistence of religions in this city.

India's lower house passes anti-Muslim citizenship bill

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SHAFAQNA- India's lower house of parliament has approved a bill that will grant citizenship to members of certain religious minorities but not Muslims, sparking protests in the country's northeast. The legislation, which still needs the approval…

Qanats offer clues to ancient way of life in Iran

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SHAFAQNA- Tehran Times: For thousands of years, qanat systems have supplied water to agricultural and permanent settlements in arid regions of Iran, tapping alluvial aquifers at the heads of valleys and conducting the water along underground…

Congresswoman Barbara Lee: President Trump needs to end shameful shutdown

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SHAFAQNA- Barbara Jean Lee , the U.S. Representative for California's 13th congressional district, slams Trump for US government shutdown, saying President Trump needs to stop playing games with people’s livelihoods and end this shameful shutdown. “…

Arab League econ meeting in vain without Syria: Lebanese analyst

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SHAFAQNA- IRNA: In an interview with the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA), a Lebanese analyst said the Arab League economic meeting in Beirut will be useless without Syria and urged the Lebanese government to invite Syria to pave the way…

Palestinian students ‘compelled to drop dreams because of financial cuts’

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SHAFAQNA- IRNA: For students attending schools funded by the UN relief agency for Palestine refugees, (UNRWA), uncertainty over the future has become a constant worry, said the agency’s Director of Operations in Gaza, Matthias Schmale. UNRWA…

Video: Elizabeth Warren will be nominated in the next US presidential election

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SHAFAQNA- Elizabeth Warren, Senator of  Massachusetts State and Vice Chairman of the Democrats' Faction in the Senate, will be nominated in the next presidential election in 2020. She is one of the most popular leading senators and a famous…

GERMANY: COLOGNE HOST "THE FUTURE OF MUSLIMS IN EUROPE"

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SHAFAQNA- The Turkish religious authority Diyanet has organized a three-day conference entitled "The Future of Muslims in Europe" in Cologne. Representatives of Islamic religious communities from Germany and Europe, academics, activists and…

Video: An Egyptian artist creates masterpieces using his mouth to paint

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SHAFAQNA- This Egyptian artist creates masterpieces using his mouth to paint.

Photos: Birds migrate to Hawizeh Marshes

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SHAFAQNA- ISNA: Hawizeh Marshes are the permanent marshes located between Iran-Iraq Border fed by Iran’s Karkheh River and Iraq’s Tigris River and their bifurcations. The marshes are 450 thousand hectares in extent in which a third of…

Photos: More than 1000 Female students honored by The al-Abbas’s (p) Holy Shrine

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SHAFAQNA- Alkafeel: The al-Abbas’s (p) Holy Shrine honors more than 1,000 female students in the fifth annual ceremony of the students wearing the Iraqi abaya. Al-'Ameed University of the al-Abbas's (p) holy shrine has hosted on Friday morning…

Photos: Delegations of Britain and America had the Honor to visit the Holy Shrine of Imam Ali (A.S)

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SHAFAQNA- Imam Ali : A delegation from the al-Urwah al-Wuthqa Association, including a number of High-Degree holders from Britain and America, visited the Holy Shrine of the Commander of the Faithful (PBUH). The delegation met with the member…

Waving of ISIS flag in Kashmir’s biggest mosque sparks protest, condemnation

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SHAFAQNA- Tehran Times: Days after some masked men barged inside the biggest mosque in Indian-controlled-Kashmir and unfurled the flag of ISIS on the pulpit of the mosque, a protest was held on Friday across the valley. A massive protest…

UN: Saudi trial into Khashoggi killing not sufficient

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SHAFAQNA- Mehr News Agency: The United Nations Human Rights Office spokeswoman said on Friday that a trial taking place in Saudi Arabia into the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi was "not sufficient." Speaking to press members in Geneva,…