Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner makes surprise visit to Iraq

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SHAFAQNA - Jared Kushner, the son-in-law and top aide to US President Donald Trump, has traveled to Iraq for an official visit, a senior US official says. Kushner was being accompanied by General Joe Dunford, chairman of the US Joint Chiefs…

Iraq delays Mosul operations for civilian safe passageways

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SHAFAQNA - The Iraqi military has temporarily halted operations around the densely populated areas around west Mosul’s Old City to allow safe passage for civilians. "Currently, there is a delay, to open safe passageways for families and…

PM Hariri: Israel wants new war against Lebanon

SHAFAQNA - Lebanese Prime Minister Sa’ad Hariri says recent Israeli actions have indicated a desire for a new conflict after Tel Aviv unveiled the latest addition to its missile system. In an interview with France24 TV station after arriving…

Sheikh al-Daqaq reacts to stripping of his Bahraini citizenship by regime

SHAFAQNA - Sheikh Abdullah Al-Daqaq, prominent Bahraini cleric and director of Hawza in Iranian City of Qom, commented on the verdict issued by a Bahraini court, sentencing him along with 2 others to 10 years in prison and revoking their citizenship. He…

Iran only hope against Israel: Tunisian president

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SHAFAQNA - Tunisia’s president has called Iran the only source of hope in confronting Israel and hailed the Islamic Republic's sacrifices in the war against terrorists in Syria.   Beji Caid Essebsi made the remarks in a meeting with…

Top US General Urges ‘Military Means’ Against Iran

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SHAFAQNA - Central Command leader Gen. Joseph Votel today called for the US to use “military means” against Iran as an effort to disrupt their “activities,” saying it was vital that the US “expose and hold them accountable for the…

Jews rally in Jerusalem al-Quds to condemn Israeli occupation

SHAFAQNA - Thousands of mostly Jewish protesters have rallied in Jerusalem al-Quds to denounce 50 years of the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories. Organizers said around 2,000 demonstrators marched to Jaffa Gate in Jerusalem’s…

Yemen appeals to EU to help end Saudi aggression

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SHAFAQNA - Yemen has written to the European Union, calling on the 28-nation bloc to pressure Saudi Arabia into ending its deadly military intervention and inhumane blockade of the impoverished nation. Hisham Sharaf, the Foreign Minister…

US’s own allies sponsoring terror, not Iran: Foreign Ministry

SHAFAQNA - Iran’s Foreign Ministry has called on the United States to pressure its regional allies into abandoning their support for terrorism and not to level “malicious” allegations against the Islamic Republic. Iranian Foreign…

Israel prepares for ‘next war’ with Hezbollah by conducting military drills

SHAFAQNA - Israel is conducting a large-scale military drill at a base in the north of the country, in what commanders say could always be the “last training before the war” with Hezbollah, RT reported. “We are trying to give the commanders…

Saudi war seeks to install puppet regime in Yemen: Houthi

SHAFAQNA - The leader of Yemen's Houthi Ansarullah movement says Saudi Arabia's military aggression against the impoverished country aims to install a puppet regime serving the kingdom’s interests. Abdul Malik Badreddin al-Houthi said…

US must accept 'political reality' in Syria: White House

SHAFAQNA - The White House has said that the US must understand the "political reality" in Syria and accept the future of President Bashar al-Assad is for Syrians to decide. White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer told reporters on Friday…

Taliban mortar attack kills five civilians in northern Afghanistan

SHAFAQNA - A mortar attack by Taliban militants has killed five civilians of one family, including four children, in Afghanistan's northern province of Takhar. Sunatullah Timor, the provincial governor's spokesman, said on Friday that the…

Four countries face serious risk of famine: FSIN

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SHAFAQNA - Global food crises notably deteriorated last year, a report says, adding that conditions will further worsen in 2017. According to a report by the Food Security Information Network (FSIN) on Friday, there is an increasing risk…

Netanyahu pledges to go ahead with new settlement plan in West Bank

SHAFAQNA - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has vowed to move ahead with a plan to create Israel's first new settlement in the occupied West Bank in more than 20 years, snubbing a recently passed UN resolution and global concerns over the…

Al Jazeera’s Fall From Grace – How A News Outlet Became A Tool Of The State

SHAFAQNA - Long a prominent voice in the Arabic-speaking world, Al Jazeera has more recently become a notable force in Western media. Despite receiving all of its funding from the government of Qatar, Al Jazeera English – in contrast to other…

Henry Kissinger’s Food Occupation Of Iraq Continues To Destroy The Fertile Crescent

SHAFAQNA - The Iraq of today is associated with horrific violence, a refugee crisis and widespread poverty. The images we see flashed across the news show nothing but terror and misery. But it hasn’t always been this way. Modern-day…

Jail, Death Sentences Given to Dissidents in Bahrain

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SHAFAQNA- A Bahraini court handed down a jail sentence to a leader of the banned opposition al-Wefaq National Islamic Society and death and jail sentences to other anti-regime activists. Hassan Isa, one of the leaders of al-Wefaq National…

Israeli forces kill Palestinian woman over alleged stabbing attempt

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SHAFAQNA - Israeli forces have shot dead a Palestinian woman for allegedly attempting to carry out a stabbing attack in the Old City of the occupied East Jerusalem al-Quds. Israeli police spokeswoman Luba al-Samri claimed in a statement…

Top French banks, insurer financing Israeli settlements: NGO

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SHAFAQNA - Several human rights organizations have exposed the complicity of four major French banks and an insurance company in financing Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories. The revelation was made in a Wednesday report…

At least 17 killed in southern Baghdad truck bombing

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SHAFAQNA - At least 17 people have been killed and some 60 more injured after an explosive-laden truck exploded at a security checkpoint in southern Baghdad. Local police said on Wednesday night that the incident occurred when the…

Don’t let Daesh represent you: Iraqi FM to Arab states

SHAFAQNA - Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Ja’afari has called on Arab countries to help Baghdad in its fight against Daesh and not to allow the Takfiri terrorist group to introduce itself as their representative. Ja’afari made the…

Bahrain court gives jail, death sentences to dissidents

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SHAFAQNA - A Bahraini court has handed down a jail sentence to a leader of the banned opposition al-Wefaq National Islamic Society and death and jail sentences to other anti-regime activists. Hassan Isa, one of the leaders of al-Wefaq National…

Saudi air raid leaves 10 civilians dead in Yemen's Sa’ada

SHAFAQNA - Eight children and two women have lost their lives in a fresh Saudi aerial attack on Yemen’s northwestern Sa’ada province. Four people were also injured in Wednesday’s airstrike that hit a residential area in Sa’ada,…

UK Students ‘Disciplined’ Over Support For Boycott On Israeli Goods

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SHAFAQNA - The University of Manchester has come under sharp criticism for its decision to discipline two students for their role in the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign during Israel Apartheid Week earlier this month. Dozens…

The Israeli Plan To Capitalize On Syria’s Civil War

SHAFAQNA - When the United States or any other nation disposed to foreign interventionism is forced to justify an invasion, the term “nation-building” is often used prominently in their defense, along with often dubious claims of humanitarianism.…

Saudi regime forces kill Sheikh Nimr’s cousins in Qatif: Report

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SHAFAQNA - Saudi regime forces have reportedly shot and killed two first cousins of prominent Saudi Shia cleric Sheikh Nimr Baqir al-Nimr, whom the Al Saud regime executed last year in a futile attempt to silence political critics and pro-democracy…

Trump, some senior US officials ‘vehemently anti-Palestinian’: Analyst

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SHAFAQNA - US President Donald Trump and some members of his administration are strongly anti-Palestinian and are pursuing a dangerous policy of moving the US Embassy to Jerusalem al-Quds, an analyst in California says. Trump and several…