Several Middle Eastern countries have been hit by Earthquake

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SHAFAQNA - An earthquake has hit Parts of Lebanon, Syria, Jordan and Palestine on Wednesday. According to gulf news, the aftershocks continued throughout the day. The official news agency in Lebanon reported that a tremor was recorded…

International Crisis Group's analysis on Middle East’s Coming War

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SHAFAQNA - Regional rivalries and heighten the risk of open conflict among the Middle East's dominant players maybe will devolve into yet another war in the region involving regional and global powers like the United States. The Belgium-based International…

Rouhani: US plan for Iran oil export may impact regional exports

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SHAFAQNA - Iranian president in Switzerland and Austria discussed boosting Tehran's ties with Europe which has been scrambling to save the 2015 nuclear deal. Hassan Rouhani said that the Iranian nation has never bowed and will never bow to…

Egypt to construct Middle East’s largest petrochemical complex

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SHAFAQNA - Egypt government said to sign a deal to build the largest petrochemical complex in the Middle East , worth $11 billion. Head of the General Authority for Suez Canal Economic Zone (SCZone) Mohab Mamish (representing the government)…

Water crisis in Iraq: Declining water levels after filling Tigris dam

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SHAFAQNA - Reduction levels of Tigris and the Euphrates Rivers, as the main sources of water in Iraq, after filling of a large dam on the Tigris River by Turkey lead to water crisis in Iraq. According to The Times, Iraq’s survival is commonly…

The world is facing a real humanitarian crisis in southern Syria

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SHAFAQNA - United Nations says number of displaced in south-west Syria has reached 270,000. The number of people forced to flee their homes as a result of the two week escalation in fighting .The world is facing a real humanitarian crisis…

UN demand immediate end to military operations in Southwest Syria

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SHAFAQNA - The Spokesman for UN Secretary‑General António Guterres late Friday Called for an immediate stop of military operations in south‑western Syria and its devastating toll on civilians. Noting that the southwest area of Syria…

Abu Dhabi known as smartest city in the Middle East

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SHAFAQNA- Abu Dhabi has been ranked first on Smart Cities list in Africa and the Middle East According to the McKinsey Global Institute. The study looked at how cities all over the world use technology to increase the quality of life across…

10 Muslim World Cup facts you should know

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SHAFAQNA - My Salaam | by Tharik Hussain : Russia 2018 is a record-breaking World Cup for the Muslim world, with seven Muslim-majority nations taking part this year, the most since the start of the games in 1930. To celebrate this, here are…

Saudi king agreed to Trump’s request to boost oil production

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SHAFAQNA - US President Donald Trump said in a tweet that he persuaded Saudi Arabia's King Salman to increase oil output "maybe up to" two million barrel. The world's top oil exporter plans to pump as much as 11 million barrels per day (bpd)…

Manual recount of Iraq parliamentary election votes to begin on Tuesday

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SHAFAQNA - A manual recount of suspect votes in Iraq May parliamentary election will be conduct on Tuesday 3 July in presence of representatives from United Nations, foreign embassies and political parties. "The manual recount will be conducted…

Syrian and Yemeni refugees deport from Kuwait

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SHAFAQNA - Kuwait had informed that it will arrest and deport all Syrian and Yemeni expatriates who had broken the law. According to MIDDLE EAST MONITOR,On Saturday, the Kuwaiti daily newspaper Al-Rai quoted an unnamed source in the Interior…

Iran’s Ghoochannejhad quits international duty

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SHAFAQNA - Tehran Times | by Masoud Hossein : Iran national football team striker Reza Ghoochannejhad has retired from international duty on Wednesday. Ghoochannejhad, nicknamed ‘Gucci’, was a member of Iran national football team in…

The Political Impact of Social Media on the Middle East

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SHAFAQNA - Social media as a political tool came of age in the Middle East well before it was a major contender in American politics. When the Arab Spring erupted in 2011, the U.S. was still years away from maintaining an official Twitter account…

Saudi-US coalition massacres 13 Yemenis

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SHAFAQNA - The jet fighters of Saudi-US coalition have massacred 13 Yemenis over the past 24 hours. According to Yemen News Agency (SABA), the coalition has bombed six Yemeni provinces 47 times over the past 24 hours. The coalition killed…

UK Christian charity: Stop stereotyping Christians in the Middle East as victim

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SHAFAQNA - UK Christian charity Embrace the Middle East is calling for Christians in the region to be celebrated instead of stereotyped as victims. The charity says labelling the believers in the region this way is both unhelpful and degrading. Explaining…

Trump Wants to end Persian Gulf crisis because it Only Benefits Iran

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SHAFAQNA - U.S Foreign Minister during the meeting with Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani, Qatari counterpart, emphasised that President Donald Trump wants dispute between Qatar and Persian Gulf nations to be ended because it only benefits…

Prince William's historic five-day Middle East tour

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SHAFAQNA - The Duke of Cambridge's five-day Middle East tour was historic. He traveled to Jordan, Israel and the Palestinian territories during a period of increased tension in the region. Prince William arrived in Jordan on Sunday on the…

Iraq orders manual recount only for dubious ballots boxes

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SHAFAQNA - High Electoral Commission in Iraq will conduct a manual recount of votes in a May parliamentary poll only for ballots where electoral fraud was proven in official reports. According to Middle East Monitor, ballot boxes for the…

More than 120,000 Saudi Women applied for driving license

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SHAFAQNA - More than 120,000 Saudi females had applied for driving license after Lifting ban on women driving as Saudi Arabia was considered as the last country on Earth to have a ban on women driving cars. The historic event is part of reforms…

Photo exhibit to explore life in Tehran, Kabul

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SHAFAQNA - Tehran Times: A collection of photos depicting scenes of daily life in Kabul and Tehran will be showcased in an exhibition at Tehran’s Shalman Gallery. The collection contains photos from a number of Iranian and Afghan photographers.…

Naghsh-e Jahan Square: a prime tourist destination in Iran

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SHAFAQNA - Tehran Times : The UNESCO-registered Imam Square has long been full of life thanks to being a prime destination for both domestic and foreign travelers. Best known as Naghsh-e Jahan Sq. (literary meaning “Image of the World”),…

Guinness World Records launches Arabic website for MENA applicants

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SHAFAQNA - Guinness World Records has seen the number of applicants from the MENA region increase by 283% since it opened its first office in the UAE in 2012. In this regard, Global authority on record breaking launches Arabic website to cater…

Photos: New Quranic façade inside the courtyard of Moslem Bin Aqeel

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SHAFAQNA - Masjed-Alkufa  : The Engineering Cadre finished the works of renovating the Quranic façade inside the courtyard of Moslem Bin Aqeel(AS).                      Read more from Shafaqna: Photos:…

AlKafeel Museum for Treasures and Manuscripts participates in "Mulabboon" Festival

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SHAFAQNA - Alkafeel Global Network :  AlKafeel Museum for Treasures and Manuscripts of the al-Abbas's (p) holy shrine participates in the exhibition of the "Mulabboon" Festival held by the holy shrine of Imam al-Hussayn (peace be upon him)…

Trump claims a lot of progress has been made in Middle East

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SHAFAQNA - US President Donald Trump claimed that a lot of progress had been made in the Middle East during a meeting with King Abdullah of Jordan on Monday in their third summit since Mr Trump took office and the first since US pulled out…

Is acquittal of Sheikh Ali Salman a sign of reform in Bahrain?

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SHAFAQNA - Acquittal of Bahrain Shia opposition leader Sheikh Ali Salman could be a sign for an end to repression against majority Shia population. Bahrainis rose up against the regime in 2011, calling for a constitutional monarchy and an…

Erdogan declared winner as Turkey's first executive president in historic polls

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SHAFAQNA - Recep Tayyip Erdogan becomes elected as Turkey's first executive president in twin presidential and parliamentary polls, held for the first time on the same day. With 97.7 percent of ballots counted, Erdogan received on Sunday…