Can Hariri coexist with a strong Christian president in Lebanon?

SHAFAQNA- In potentially the most abrupt U-turn in Lebanese politics since the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding in February 2006 between Hizbullah's Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah and the Free Patriotic Movement's former-PM General Michel…

Death toll rises among Kurds trapped in Turkey’s southeastern Cizre district amid govt crackdown

SHAFAQNA - Over 20 injured people have been trapped in a basement for over a week in the Cizre district of Turkey’s Sirnak Province, where the Turkish military is fighting Kurdish militants. Reports say ambulances have been denied access…

Terror attack against holy shrine of Lady Zaynab in Damascus

SHAFAQNA - A triple bombing killed at least 50 people in a predominantly Shiite suburb south of the Syrian capital on Sunday even as a UN mediator held his first meeting with members of the main opposition group that seeks progress on humanitarian…

MSF Slams Saudi Attacks on Hospitals, Medical Staff in Yemen

SHAFAQNA- Jason Cone, the executive director of the group in the US, said on Friday that Saudi military aircraft has targeted three health facilities run by it in Yemen over the past three months in flagrant violation of the international…

Saudi-led Attacks on Yemeni Civilians Violate Humanitarian Law: UN

SHAFAQNA- The UN experts have called on the UN Security Council to "investigate reports of violations of international humanitarian law and human rights law in Yemen by all parties and to identify the perpetrators of such violations,” AFP…

UN panel denounces war in Yemen as a rights violation

SHAFAQNA - A UN panel of experts says Saudi Arabia’s months-long war on impoverished Yemen has violated the humanitarian law as many of the airstrikes have been carried out on civilian targets. The UN experts have called on the UN Security…

US and Iran normalize relations - air travel to resume

SHAFAQNA - Talks are underway about resuming direct commercial flights between Iran and the US. The plan is being backed by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani as Tehran looks to end the three-and-a-half decade long impasse. "The matter is…

Our Iraq ambassador not representing us: Saudi Arabia

SHAFAQNA- Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir says recent controversial remarks made by the country’s ambassador to Iraq do not represent Riyadh’s official stance, in remarks that effectively put into question the nature of…

'A Letter for Second Thought' unveiled in Tehran

SHAFAQNA - ‘A Letter for Second Thought’ compiled by Rouh Al-Amin Saeedi was unveiled at Mehr News Agency on Jan. 24. The book is a collection of nine articles addressing various aspects of Iranian Leader’s letter to the Western…

Fresh Rallies in Bahrain in Solidarity with Sheikh Salman

SHAFAQNA- The protesters staged rallies in Diraz village after Friday prayers, calling for the immediate release of Sheikh Salman, who heads Bahrain’s main opposition bloc, al-Wefaq National Islamic Society, as well as all political detainees. Sheikh…

"Israel prefers ISIL to Iran" says Israel Defense Minister

SHAFAQNA - Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon declared on Tuesday that Tel Aviv prefers the ISIL terrorist group over Iran. Speaking at the Institute for National Security Studies' (INSS) conference in Tel Aviv, Ya'alon sought to clarify…

Daesh destroys Christian monestary

SHAFAQNA - In yet another gruesome display of religious intolerance and violence, Daesh aka ISIL targeted a Christian monastery in Iraq. A 1400 years architectural marvel, the monastery was mercilessly earmarked for destruction, on account Daesh…

Senior Pakistani Shia Scholar: PM and Army Chief’s mediation to ease Saudi-Iran tensions is an august action

SHAFAQNA- Central Secretary General of MWM Pakistan Allama Raja Nasir Abbas Jafri while appreciating the uplifting of international sanctions on Iran and declaring it a positive step towards the security and stability of the region said “Iran…

Violence against Palestinians continue

SHAFAQNA - A 19-year-old Palestinian was killed and another was injured after an Israeli settler ran over them both near Salfit city in the northern West Bank Monday evening. According to Israeli sources, a Jewish settler in a speeding car…

Yemeni forces target Saudi-held base in Ma’rib

SHAFAQNA- The Yemeni army, backed by Popular Committees loyal to the Houthi Ansarullah movement, has targeted a Saudi-held military base in Yemen’s central province of Ma’rib with a ballistic missile. The Tochka missile hit the base…

In the name of Imam Hussain - holy shrines' secretariat offers free health care

SHAFAQNA - The General Secretariat of the Holy Shrine of Imam Hussein has drawn a group of specialized medical staffs to perform free operations on patients of martyrs’ families and the deprived. “Walk-ins are welcomed for the treatment…

Kuwaitis MPs stand for rights of Shia Muslims

SHAFAQNA - Nine lawmakers refrained from attending the national assembly on Wednesday and Thursday after it was alleged Shiites in Kuwait were but agents of Iran, and should be viewed with suspicious. The idea that a faith essentially implies…

Turkey blockades Syrian Kurdish areas surrounded by ISIS (RT EXCLUSIVE)

SHAFAQNA - Turkey has established a strict blockade of the Kurdish regions in Syria surrounded by Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL), depriving Syrian Kurds of essential supplies and shooting people trying to enter Turkey from Syria, RT’s…

Iran condemns terror attack on Turkey, offers support and assistance

SHAFAQNA - Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Hossein Jaberi Ansari on Tuesday strongly denounced Tuesday’s terrorist attack in the Turkish city of Istanbul that claimed at least 10 lives and wounded several others. Jaberi Ansari condemned…

Armed Men Attack Shia Religious Center in Bahrain

SHAFAQNA- Local residents and witnesses said the attack was carried out in the village of Wadyan, Sitra, which is located south of the capital, Manama, during the early hours of Monday. They said the attackers, riding a vehicle, fled the…

Lone children fleeing war in Yemen, seek safety in Somaliland

SHAFAQNA - Yemeni teen Khayria Abdel Wahab was making the beds in the home where she was a housekeeper when a shattering blast signaled a heavy bombardment. Panicked by the explosion, the 17-year-old ran out into the crowds fleeing towards…

Top ISIS commander reported killed in Iraqi airstrike

SHAFAQNA - The second top deputy of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and chief of staff of Islamic State’s Military Council was killed in an airstrike, the Iraqi Air Force has claimed. The airstrike allegedly took place in western…

Despicable violence: ISIL militant executes own mother over claims of apostasy

SHAFAQNA - In a shocking low even by the standards of ISIL, a militant has publicly executed his own mother after accusing her of apostasy. The activist group Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently (RIBSS) said 20-year-old jihadi Ali Saqr al-Qasem…

Attack in Egypt leaves tourists dead, others wounded

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SHAFAQNA - Gunmen have opened fire at the entrance to a hotel in the Egyptian city of Hurghada, before attacking and injuring three tourists with knives, security sources have said. Two assailants with knives wounded three tourists, including…

Iran bans all imports of Saudi products after diplomatic relations severed

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SHAFAQNA - Iran announced on Thursday that it has imposed a total ban on imports on any product which is originated in Saudi Arabia until a further notice. The ban was approved by a virtue of a bill that was raised and discussed in an extraordinary…

Ayatollah Makarem Shirazi: "Martyrdom of Sheikh Nimr will never be forgotten"

SHAFAQNA - “Sheikh al-Nimr never took up arms; his weapon was his knowledge. The way the Saudis beheaded Shaykh al-Nimr and then hanged his headless body is the exact same thing that the ISIL, terrorists, do,” Ayatollah Makarem-Shirazi…

Conflicting reports surface over attack on Iranian embassy - Media manipulation?

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SHAFAQNA - Following news reports that Saudi Arabia purposely targeted Iran embassy in Sana'a - Yemeni capital - to settle the score after its own mission was torched by protesters in Tehran over the execution of Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr, foreign…

Qatar recalls envoy to Iran

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SHAFAQNA - Qatar recalled its ambassador to Iran on Wednesday, state news agency QNA confirmed, after allies Saudi Arabia and Bahrain cut their ties with Tehran. The move which was meant to reflect and express Saudi Arabia's anger at Tehran…