Turkey's Muslim-friendly resorts offer tourists modest holidays

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SHAFAQNA - Turkey's $26 billion tourism industry has been battered by security fears and political disputes in recent years but one corner of the market is quietly growing - beach holidays for conservative Muslims. Dozens of hotels and resorts…

OIC Member States Underline Protection of Palestinians against Israeli Crimes

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SHAFAQNA - Heads of Muslim states who gathered in Turkey for a special summit on recent Israeli massacre Gazans called for an international force to be deployed to protect Palestinian people against Israeli crimes. In a final communiqué…

Turkey vows to bring Israel to ICC over Gaza carnage, Tel Aviv says Ankara will be there first

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SHAFAQNA - Turkey suggested that Palestine appeals to the International Criminal Court over Israeli actions in Gaza, saying “crimes against humanity” should not remain unanswered. Tel Aviv said Turkey will appear there first. “Israel…

ISIS claims responsibility over assassination of Iraq election candidate

SHAFAQNA - ISIS claimed responsibility for the assassination Monday of a candidate in Iraq's parliamentary election just days ahead of the polls. Faruq Zarzur al-Juburi, a candidate loyal to Vice President Ayad Allawi, was shot dead by gunmen…

Bahrain’s Shiite cleric reaffirms commitment to peaceful approach

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SHAFAQNA - Speaking during a sermon at Manama’s Imam al-Sadiq Mosque on Thursday evening, Bahraini Shiite cleric Sayed Abdullah Al-Ghuraifi reaffirmed his commitment to a peaceful approach in dealing with Bahrain’s political crisis. Sayed…

Iraq's new political class - Abdul Hussein Abtan wants a new political narrative

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SHAFAQNA - On 28 January 2007 Iraq security forces foiled a sinister plot in a surrounding village to the sacred city of Najaf. The plotters belonged to a messianic cult: the Soldiers of Heaven, a group hell-bent on seeing through its members'…

Yemen risks new cholera outbreak as rainy season begins

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SHAFAQNA - Yemen’s rainy season will likely trigger another wave of cholera, putting millions at risk in the war-torn country, which is still reeling from one of the world’s worst outbreaks of the killer disease, scientists warned on Thursday. Experts…

Bahrain - Haji Majeed Abdulla Hasan returns home after incarceration

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SHAFAQNA - One of Bahrain’s most well-known anti-regime protester was welcomed home on Sunday after spending several months in detention for taking part in an unsanctioned gathering. Haji Majeed Abdulla Hasan was arrested in the early…

Syria - 80% of Raqqa's buildings destroyed says the UN

SHAFAQNA - The United Nations confirmed that Raqqa city is living in tragic conditions, noting that 70 to 80 % of its buildings were devastated. “The UN assessment mission visited Raqqa city on April 1 to assess the humanitarian situation…

Holy city of Qom to host national meeting of Hajj religious scholars

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SHAFAQNA - A national meeting of the clerics set to attend this year’s Hajj to help Iranian pilgrims in performing their Hajj rituals will be held in the holy city of Qom, Iran on Thursday. According to Sheikh Ali Parvaneh, an official…

Mass Grave Uncovered in Syria’s Raqqah

SHAFAQNA - A mass grave containing around 50 bodies was uncovered in the northern Syrian city of Raqqah which was held by the Daesh (ISIL or ISIS) terror group and regarded as its so-called capital. The graves located under a football pitch…

Freedom Flotilla ships to sail against Israeli blockade

SHAFAQNA - A ship dubbed “Al-Awda” (The Return) is to sail to Gaza from Norway next month to challenge the decade-long Israeli blockade in the region. As part of this year’s campaign launched by the international Freedom Flotilla Coalition…

Assad returns French Legion of Honor medal

SHAFAQNA - Syrian President Bashar Assad has surrendered his Legion of Honor award, France’s most prestigious decoration, given to him by Jacques Chirac in 2001, saying he will not wear honors bestowed by a “slave country” that bombs…

Kuwait ranks 10th globally on most popular travel destinations for Muslims

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SHAFAQNA - Kuwait ranks last in the Gulf and 10th globally on the most popular travel destinations for Muslim in 2018, according to Global Muslim Travel Index 2018 issued by Mastercard-Crescentrating company. Kuwait recorded 60.5 points…

Islam and Iran Cinema Flourish in FIFF

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SHAFAQNA - The relationship between media, politics and the public around the world heavily depended on the media and artistic medium like cinema and television. That explains why the US invests heavily on the media to manipulate the narration…

Saudi Arabia to dig canal along Qatar border turning it into an island

SHAFAQNA - A Saudi official has confirmed reports of plans to dig a maritime channel along the kingdom’s border with Qatar — a move that would effectively turn the Qatari peninsula into an island. Saoud al-Qahtani, a counselor at the…

US, UK, France targeted Syria with 110 missiles: Syrian Comdr

SHAFAQNA - The General Command of the Syrian Army and Armed Forces stressed Saturday that most of the missiles fired by the US, Britain and France tripartite aggression on Syrian targets in Damascus and outside it were shot down. The General…

Iraqis must commit to peaceful coexistence"

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SHAFAQNA- The representative of Grand Ayatollah Sayyid Ali al-Sistani in Karbala stressed the importance of peaceful coexistence between the components of Iraqi society in light of the current situation that Iraq is going through…

Course on Iraqi Style Quran Recitation Underway in Najaf

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SHAFAQNA - According to the website of the Astan, Seyyed Hani Mousawi, supervisor of the Quranic program, said that the course has been organized in line with a national plan titled “Alawi Support for Iraqi recitation style of the Holy Quran”. The…

UN Chief calls for all parties to come to the table on Yemen

SHAFAQNA - The UN secretary-general on Tuesday urged warring sides in Yemen for a political settlement. Speaking at a high-level pledging conference in Geneva held to discuss the crisis in Yemen, Antonio Guterres asked donor countries to…

Palestine's Land Day

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SHAFAQNA - The 1948 Nakba, or catastrophe when 700,000 Palestinians were expelled from their houses, towns, and cities is ongoing. Every March 30th since 1976 Palestinians commemorate Land Day to honor their struggle to hold on to…

Christian families return to Mosul - Religious pluralism returns after Daesh reign of Terror

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SHAFAQNA - More than 4,000 displaced Christian families have returned to Mosul since the city was fully liberated from Daesh militants, the governor of the northern Iraqi province of Nineveh said. Nawfal Hammadi stated that more than 4,000…

Saudis condemned on 3rd anniversary of war, Scores of Bahrainis detained

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SHAFAQNA - The third anniversary of the Saudi-led aggression on Yemen has been marked worldwide with indignation, revulsion and calls for an immediate halt of American and British arms supplies to Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates.…

Israel targets Christian community in Jerusalem

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SHAFAQNA - Christian worshippers were targeted by the Israeli authorities on Sunday as they gathered to mark Sunday Palm near al-Salahia Church in Bab al-Asbat area in the Old City of Occupied Al-Quds (Jerusalem). Local sources confirmed that…

Palestinians Hold Rally on 100th Day since Trump ‘Nakba’ Move

SHAFAQNA- The rally was held Sunday in the city of Sidon which hosts Ain al-Hilweh, the largest Palestinian refugee camp in Lebanon, Lebanese paper The Daily Star reported. US President Donald Trump recognized Israel’s claim to the city…

Ayat. Sistani urges Iraqis to avoid sectarianism in upcoming elections

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SHAFAQNA- In a statement released on Friday, March 9, senior Shia cleric Grand Ayatollah Sayyed Ali al-Sistani asked Iraqi nation to avoid sectarian bias in upcoming parliamentary elections in the country in order to vote for the qualified…

Israeli Navy kills Palestinian fisherman off Gaza coast

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SHAFAQNA- By Said Amouri   JERUSALEM (AA): At least one Palestinian fisherman was killed and two others injured when Israeli Navy opened fire at a fishing boat off Gaza’s coast, Israeli media reported. Two Israeli soldiers…

Palestinian leader Abbas calls for Middle East peace conference

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SHAFAQNA-Addressing a rare address to the United Nations Security Council on Tuesday, Abbas presented a so-called "peace plan" to revive the Israeli-Palestinian talks with new international mediation but with less United States weight. "To…