Saudi Arabia uses illegal weapons of war in Yemen - War Crimes & Genocides

SHAFAQNA - Human rights activists say Saudi Arabia has been using internationally-banned weapons in its military aggression against Yemen. The regime in Riyadh uses banned weapons, such as phosphorous and cluster bombs, in its deadly airstrikes…

Ayatollah Sayyed Amir al-Qabalan Call for Revoking Ayatollah Nimr’s Death Sentence

SHAFAQNA- Friday prayers leaders in different cities of Lebanon called for the death sentence hand to prominent Shia cleric Ayatollah Nimr Baqir al-Nimr to be revoked. Ayatollah Sayyed Amir al-Qabalan in his Friday prayers sermons described…

Power struggle rising between Saudi top princes

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SHAFAQNA - The Saudi-led military intervention in Yemen, falling oil prices and rising jihadist violence are putting the country’s leadership to the test, nine months after King Salman assumed the throne following the death of king Abdullah. The…

Symbolic caravan of Imam Hussain moved to the city of Istanbul, Turkey

SHAFAQNA - A symbolic caravan of Imam Hussain (PBUH) moved into the city of Istanbul, Turkey, to remind people of Imam Hossein's martyrdom in Karbala over 13 centuries ago. 1437-2015 A symbolic caravan of Imam Hossein (PBUH) moved into…

Raif Badawi is awarded prize as Saudi regime seeks to resume flogging

SHAFAQNA - Saudi blogger Raif Badawi was sentenced last year to a decade in prison and 50 lashes a week for 20 weeks—a punishment that has been carried out once so far—for the crime of insulting Islam on his website. On Thursday, the European…

Rain blows up dozens of ISIS explosive devices in Iraq

SHAFAQNA - A security source in Anbar said on Tuesday, that tens of explosive devices, planted by ISIS west of Ramadi, have exploded as a result of rain and high humidity. “more than 75 of explosive devices exploded in Doulab area in Kabisa…

Plans Drawn to Facilitate Pilgrimage to Karbala on Arbaeen: Iranian Official

SHAFAQNA - Governor of Iran’s western province of Ilam said measures have been taken in preparation for a mass exodus of Iranians from the country’s western border crossings for pilgrimage to the Iraqi city of Karbala to participate Arbaeen…

Top Muslim Cleric in Jerusalem: "Al-Aqsa Has Been Islamic ‘Since the Creation of the World"

SHAFAQNA - Echoing calls from the Neturei Karta, a Jewish group opposed to Israel's Zionist policies against Palestinians and the State of Palestine, a top Muslim cleric in Jerusalem warned that none should and could deny Islam's link to Al…

Saudi Ismaili Shia mosque blast, 2 dead, 12 injured; ISIS claimed responsibility

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SHAFAQNA - At least two worshipers were killed in the attack on the al-Mashhad mosque in the city of Najran close to the volatile Yemeni border, according to the Saudi Interior Ministry. A Saudi wing of the so-called ISIS militant group…

Palestinian Translates Holy Quran into Hebrew to Introduce Islam among Jewish

SHAFAQNA - A Palestinian teacher translated the Holy Quran into the Hebrew language in a bid to introduce Islam to the Jewish community worldwide, specially in the occupied lands, after recent studies showed a fast growing interest among Jews…

UNESCO Declares Rachel’s Tomb, Cave of Patriarchs Muslim Holy Sites

SHAFAQNA - UNESCO has approved a resolution condemning Israel for its alleged attempts to change the status quo on the Temple Mount, but a bid to declare the Western Wall as a Muslim holy site was dropped from the resolution before the vote. Twenty-six…

Bahraini Activists: Gun Attacks Put Social Security Under Threat

SHAFAQNA - Bahrain is affected by the rise of violence on the grounds of extremism and takfirism against Shia communities in the Gulf and the region, Shaikh Maytham Alsalman said, amid the absence of clear policies and legal measures against…

Hezbollah to Hold Mass Rally in Dahiyeh on 10th of Muharram

SHAFAQNA - Hezbollah called on resistance crowds to take part in the central Ashura rally on the tenth day of Muharram. In a statement released by the party’s Media Relations, Hezbollah urged mass rally in Beirut’s southern suburb (Dahiyeh)…

Bahrain authorities, a source of terror & violator of Shiite religious rights

SHAFAQNA - Bahrain Forum for Human Rights stated that the Bahraini authorities' campaign against Ashura Banners and Slogans reflects "the deep-rooted hatred and discrimination in the government's structure," pointing out that "turning the state…

English Muharram mourning ceremonies held in Tehran

SHAFAQNA - A group of foreign nationals located in Tehran along with Iranians who used to live abroad or even pay occasional visits to Iran, have gathered together to commemorate martyrdom of Imam Hussain on the Day of Ashura. Commemoration…

Five Shia Saudis killed during Ashura celebration, rituals continue

SHAFAQNA - Saudi Shiites vowed Saturday to continue commemorations of Ashura, among the holiest occasions for their faith, even after a gunman killed five people at one of their gatherings, in an attack claimed by the Islamic State group (also…

"Third Intifada has begun in Palestine" says Islamic cleric

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SHAFAQNA - "The Zionists are trying to use the chaos created by the Takfiri phenomenon throughout the Middle East to divide the al-Aqsa Mosque between Muslims and Jews but they were met with resistance and now, a third intifada has begun,"…

"Rescue my son"; Mother appeals to US president Obama to stop Saudi crucifixion

SHAFAQNA - The mother of a youth facing beheading for taking part in protests in Saudi Arabia has pleaded with US President Barack Obama to "rescue my son" in an interview published by the British daily The Guardian on Thursday. The sentence…

Palestinians will not back down says official

SHAFAQNA - The Palestinian people has risen up against the Israeli occupation in every single corner of the occupied Palestinian territories after Israel’s terrorism has crossed all red lines, political bureau member of Hamas, Ezzet Resheq,…

Breaking The Silence: Arrested At Age 16, Ali al-Nimr Faces Execution By Beheading Under Saudi Law

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SHAFAQNA - It was Malala Yousafazi, who said: “We realize the importance of our voice when we are silenced.” Today we have the opportunity to speak up and denounce the most heinous crimes of all - those committed against children. Because…

The pain and strain of a life in Bahrain

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SHAFAQNA - The latest national field study conducted by the Psychiatric Hospital included 1,114 citizens. It was revealed that 51% of them suffer from psychological disorders, 62% of them have troubles in sleeping, 71% suffer from anxiety and…

Campaign to free Ali al-Nimr picks up steam

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SHAFAQNA - Ali al-Nimr was just 17 years old when he was sentenced to death in the wake of the Arab Spring pro-democracy uprising. He was accused of participation in an illegal demonstration and a large number of other offences. These include…

Ankara's explosion rocks Turkey

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SHAFAQNA - Mourners and protesters gather in Turkish capital, blaming Erdogan’s government for twin bomb attacks in which over 100 civilians died. Thousands of Turkish citizens gathered in central Ankara a day after twin bombings targeted…

Bahrain - The trial of Sheikh Salman is rigged

SHAFAQNA - Secretary-General of the main opposition group in Bahrain Al-Wefaq National Islamic Society, Sheikh Ali Salman, said that he wasn't able to consult his defence panel days before his plea hearing scheduled on October 14, 2015. On…

Iran condemns Saudi Arabia's targeting of civilians in Yemen

SHAFAQNA - Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokeswoman slammed a Saudi-led aerial attack on a wedding ceremony in Yemen’s Dhamar province that killed dozens of civilians on Wednesday. “The attacks by foreign military forces on Yemen’s residential…

Saudi airstrike kills at least 13 at Yemeni wedding

SHAFAQNA - At least 13 people were killed Thursday after a Saudi coalition airstrike targeted a wedding in the Houthi-controlled town of Sanban, some 60 miles south of Sanaa, AFP reports. Dozens of people were celebrating when the location…

Saudi clerics call for jihad against Russia in Syria – to back ISIS?

SHAFAQNA - Dozens of Saudi Arabian clerics not officially affiliated with Riyadh have urged Muslims to support the fight of “holy warriors” against Syria’s government and its Iranian and Russian allies. The clerics are outraged by Russia’s…

Missiles hit compounds of Yemen government

SHAFAQNA - Unidentified assailants fired missiles at a hotel in Aden used by Yemeni government officials and at a compound housing troops of the government’s Gulf Arab allies on Tuesday, residents said. The residents said they had unconfirmed…