A closer look into the contemporary history of Azerbaijan

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SHAFAQNA- OZY | By: DAN PELESCHUK: The brief but inclusive Azerbaijan Democratic Republic shows that innovation can come from where it’s least expected. The exotic, cosmopolitan city buzzed with activity, its multicultural lifeblood driven…

Eid Al Adha likely to begin on August 21st in Saudi Arabia

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SHAFAQNA - Eid Al Adha, The second biggest eid of Muslims, would likely to begin on August 21st in Saudi Arabia for this year 2018. Saudi Arabia’s Supreme Court on Thursday called for sighting the crescent of Dhul Hijja on Saturday evening.…

The big diplomatic war between Canada and Saudi Arabia

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SHAFAQNA - What began with a statement of concern over human rights has ballooned into the biggest diplomatic feud in years between Canada and Saudi Arabia. The clash between the two countries arose following Saudi Arabia’s move to detain…

Iran's Supreme Leader: “There will be no war, and we will not negotiate with the US”

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SHAFAQNQ - Commenting on the US President’s offer of negotiations, Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei said on Sunday “There will be no war, and we will not negotiate.” Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei said "The U.S. has…

the office for the protection of Iran interests will open in Saudi Arabia

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SHAFAQNA - Saudi Arabia has agreed to admit an Iranian diplomat to head an office representing Iranian interests in the kingdom. Saudi Arabia broke off diplomatic relations with its long-time regional rival, Iran, in 2016 following attack…

UN warned on The well-being of two million people in Gaza

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SHAFAQNA - Israel reimposed a blockade on fuel deliveries to Gaza and Palestinians in Gaza deprived of the most basic elements of a dignified life. The well-being of two million people, half of whom are children, is at stake. Without fuel,…

Majlisi: Iran and the US have serious disagreements over Israel

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SHAFAQNA- A Former Iranian diplomat said "Trump has raised up the proposal of negotiation so that if he could negotiate, then he would guarantee his own interests at the lowest cost and if this offer becomes refused, he will tell the world that…

World’s Largest Halal Food Center Planned by Saudi Arabia

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SHAFAQNA - According to the Saudi Food and Drug Authority, Saudi Arabia plans to establish the largest  halal food center in the world.  Dr. Hisham Al-Jadhaee, executive president of SFDA, said the initiative to establish a full-fledged…

Turkey Plans to hold meeting on Syria Conflict In September

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SHAFAQNA - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said that Ankara wants to organize a meeting on regional issues including the Syrian conflict with Russia, France and Germany in Istanbul on September 7. In comments published by Turkish…

Video: A Palestinian man turned Israel’s Weapons into Message of life and Peace

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SHAFAQNA - The Palestine Chronicle : A thirty-four-year-old Palestinian man in Gaza has been turning empty tear gas canisters used by Israeli forces against Palestinian protesters near Gaza’s eastern border into pieces of art. Abdul…

Palestinian girl Ahed Tamimi was Released from Israel Prison

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SHAFAQNA - The 17-year-old Ahed and her mother, Nariman Tamimi, were greeted by the residents of their village, the activists of Palestine, Israel and other countries, with cheers, banners and Palestinian flags. Ahed Tamimi, the Palestinian…

Meeting with Trump would be very hard for Iran

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SHAFAQNA - It would be very hard for Iran’s political leaders to meet with Trump, given his opposition to the nuclear accord they spent years negotiating, his travel ban that effects many Iranians interested in studying or working in the…

First smart pharmacy run by a robot launches in Saudi Arabia

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SHAFAQNA - Saudi Arabia has inaugurated its first robot-operated 'smart pharmacy' at King Fahd Specialist Hospital in the presence of Prince Fahd bin Sultan, the Governor of Tabuk region. It is hoped that the smart pharmacy — which can…

Photos: 12000-year-old Arnan petroglyphs

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SHAFAQNA - Mehr News Agency | by Abolfazl Mohammadi : Eighty kilometres southwest of Yazd city, in the slate rock of the Arnan height, thirty one rock art petroglyphs (scraped or scratched rock art) figures dating to the stone ages (the Neolithic)…

Egypt tourism surge in 2018

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SHAFAQNA - Tourism is showing rise again in Egypt, with 50 percent surge in bookings during the first half of 2018, following several years violence in the country in the aftermath of the 2011 Revolution. Egypt started to become a premier…

The presence of Iran's Religious minorities in the city council became reinstated/ what was the fatwa of Ayatollah Sistani?

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SHAFAQNA - On July 21, 2018, the Iran Expediency Council approved a plan for the presence of religious minorities in the city councils with two-thirds of the votes. Great scholars and various people groups reacted differently to this plan…

Najaf Chief Officer Met with the Secretary General of the Holy Shrine of Imam Ali (A.S)

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SHAFAQNA - Imam Ali Network : The Chief Officer of Najaf city, the Major General Ala Gharib, had the honor of visiting the Holy Shrine of Imam Ali (PBUH). Afterwards, he met with the Secretary General, Mr. Yusuf al-Sheikh Radhi, the two of…

Christians' Life in Iraq

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SHAFAQNA - Iraqi Christians live throughout Iraq, from Zakho in north to Basra in south. Iraq is home to some of the oldest followers of Christianity in the world for some 2,000 years. The number of Christian communities in 2003 was 1, 5 million.…

Saudi Arabia announce two-month plan for Hajj season

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SHAFAQNA - The Presidency of the Two Holy Mosques unveil two-month plan for upcoming Hajj season this year. Sheikh Abdulrahman Al-Sudais, chief of the Presidency of the Two Holy Mosques, said the presidency was keen to prepare early for…

Quran Memorizers Honored in Syria

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SHAFAQNA - IQNA: A ceremony was recently held in the Syrian city of al-Bab in Aleppo province to honor kids who have memorized the Quran. The children had been displaced from Eastern Ghouta, an area near the Syrian capital of Damascus that…

The US-China Trade War will have implication in The Middle East

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SHAFAQNA: Beijing has ramped up engagement in the Middle East in recent years as Arab nations play an important role in Xi’s signature Belt and Road foreign policy plan. Based on this issue, trade war between two of the world's largest economies, …

Photos of Iraq Captured in the Second Half of 20th Century

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SHAFAQNA: Mr. Latif Al Ani is regarded as the founder of Iraqi photography. His pictures are mostly in black and white from everyday moments of Iraqi life, in a time between the revolutions, coups and wars that shaped modern Iraq, to show the…

Interview: Prominent Shiite and Sunni leaders can control the crisis in Iraq

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SHAFAQNA - It seems that the particular atmosphere currently dominating Iraq in terms of security and politics is affected by several internal and external factors. Dr. Kiumars Yazdan Panah, an international affairs expert in an interview…

IMF warns of wider unrest across the Middle East due to job crisis

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SHAFAQNA - The International Monetary Fund has warned of unemployment crisis among young people in The Middle East and North Africa risks fuelling wider unrest across the region, so countries in the region must accelerate economic reforms to…

Egypt wants to impose taxes on tech giants' profits

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SHAFAQNA - The Egypt unveiled plan to impose taxes on profits of tech giants including Facebook and Google. The Egyptian parliament last month approved the organisation of the press and information draft law, which states that no website…

Jews enjoy a far better living condition than Palestinians in Israel

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SHAFAQNA - According to a health report at a parliament session published Tuesday,”Palestinians in Israel suffer more diseases than Jewish citizens. The report, put together by the Advancement of Arab Population’s Health organisation,…

Three Iraqi protesters killed as unrest sweep southern cities

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SHAFAQNA - The main gates to Iraq's port of Umm Qasrnear basra were re-opened Monday following closure due to unrest over poor government services across southern cities. Three officials said activities resumed at the port near the southern…

Jordanians are optimistic about new government

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SHAFAQNA - The results of an opinion poll indicates that Jordanians have a positive view of kingdom’s new government led by Omar al-Razzaz. The new government was appointed in June amid public protests at the country’s economic crisis. The…