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…

USA called Bahrain government to release Shaikh Ali Salman

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SHAFAQNA - The detention of Shaikh Ali Salman led to widespread protests across the Bahrain Kingdom, which has been criticized by rights groups and governments alike, including Washington.   Washington has called upon the government of Bahrain…

Photos: Lalejin, World Craft City for Pottery

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SHAFAQNA - MNA | by Gholamreza Zanganeh : LALEJIN, Situated in Iran’s Western Hamedan province, Lalejin can be considered the main Iranian city regarding the production of pottery items. Some 20,000 individuals live in the city, 60 percent…

Which country is the most reputable one in the Middle East?

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SHAFAQNA - The UAE was ranked 36th in the ranking of world's most reputable countries while outperforms countries such as Qatar, Turkey and Saudi Arabia. The UAE continues to enjoy the status of the most reputable country in the Middle…

48 homes of resistance fighters demolished by Israel

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SHAFAQNA - A number of 48 homes of Palestinian resistance fighters demolished by Israel.  Israeli occupation authorities have demolished and sealed 48 houses belonging to Palestinians under the pretext that one of their residents carried…

Washington told Syrian rebels it won’t intervene in southern Syria

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SHAFAQNA - The United States has told Syrian rebel factions “You're on your own” and should not expect military support to assist them resist a major government offensive to regain strategic area of southern Syria bordering Jordan and the…

Abe will visit Saudi Arabia and Egypt

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SHAFAQNA - During to his European and Middle Eastern countries tour next month, Shinzo Abe will visit Saudi Arabia and Egypt. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is planning to visit Belgium, France, Saudi Arabia and Egypt countries next…

Pope Francis warned on the risk of eliminating Christians from the Middle East

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SHAFAQNA - Pope Francis warned that there is the risk of “eliminating Christians” from the Middle East.  Speaking to a group that assists Eastern Christian Churches, Pope Francis warns of the risk that Christians could be eliminated…

Bahrain will form ties with Israel

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SHAFAQNA - An official from Bahrain said this country does not view Israel as an enemy and Bahrain will be the first [Persian] Gulf state to form ties with Israel. An official from the Kingdom in Bahrain told i24NEWS that Bahrain will be…

Lebanon: one suicide attempt every six hours

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SHAFAQNA - The rate of suicide is close to national alarm in Lebanon. The rate of suicide among the youth in Lebanon is rising at an alarming rate according to health professions. As many as one suicide attempts are being reported every six…

OPEC reaches deal to boost oil output after Iran’s approval

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SHAFAQNA - Leaders from the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) agreed on Friday to raise oil production by around 1 million barrels per day from next month after a week of tense negotiations. OPEC’s de facto leader…

Political alliance of Iraqi PM al-Abadi and Shia cleric al-Sadr

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SHAFAQNA - Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi and cleric Moqtada al-Sadr  said their political blocs, which came in third and first place in a parliamentary election respectively, would enter into an alliance in an effort to form a new government…

A power struggle between Persian Gulf states

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Shafaqnq- A power struggle has grown more intense among the Persian Gulf States. A case in point is the current conflict between Saudi Arabia (and the UAE) and Qatar.  "The European Union (EU) supports Kuwait efforts to mediate between…

US Foreign Policy in Crisis

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SHAFAQNA - Iranian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mohammad Javad Zarif wrote in response to Mike Pompeo's claims about Iran:  Following the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the Paris Climate Accord, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA)…

First Iraq-flagged oil tanker in three decades left Basra for USA

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SHAFAQNA - Iraq has Exported First Crude Oil Cargo through Iraq-flagged tanker for the first time in three decades. Iraq, which has been ravaged by a series of wars since the 1980s, is the oil cartel OPEC's second-biggest producer with 153…

Badab-e Surt, a vibrant destination for nature lovers

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SHAFAQNA - Tehran Times | by Amir Ali Razzaghi: A photo collection depicts views of Badab-e Surt, a scenic destination for eco-travelers and nature lovers in northern Iran, November 3, 2017. Badab-e Surt bargains its visitors with a striking…

Iran-Iraq coordination to reach an accord on tourism

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SHAFAQNA - MNA : “2.3 million Iranians visit Iraq annually without taking into account the millions of Iranian pilgrims who travel to Iraq for Arbaeen rituals,” Hamid Mohammadi told Mehr News Agency correspondent on Tuesday. Mohammadi…

French special forces on the ground in Yemen

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SHAFAQNA - Middle East Monitor : French special forces are present on the ground in Yemen with forces from the United Arab Emirates, French newspaper Le Figaro reported on Saturday, citing two military source. The newspaper gave no further…

Iran-Iraq trade balance hit $10b: Envoy

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SHAFAQNA - IRNA:  The value of trade exchanges between Tehran and Baghdad reached ten billion dollars for a one-year period, Iran's ambassador to Iraq announced on Wednesday. There are many historical, cultural and political commonalities…

Damascus urges Iraq to reopen border crossing with Syria

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SHAFAQNA - Iraqi News | by Nehal Mostafa: The Iraqi Foreign Minister has received a message from his Syrian counterpart over intensifying efforts to re-open the border crossing between the two countries from west of Anbar in Iraq and al-Bu…

In Saudi Arabia, Public Opinion about Israel Is Shifting

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SHAFAQNA - Mosaic Magazine : While the growing cooperation between [Tel Aviv] and Riyadh, especially regarding the threat to both posed by Iran, is hardly a secret, it has generally stayed out of public view and has not been reflected in popular…

IRAQ BANS RICE PLANTING BECAUSE OF WATER SHORTAGES

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SHAFAQNA - Reuters | by Moayed Kenany: Iraq has banned farmers from planting rice and other water-intensive crops in the face of increasing shortages because of drought and shrinking river flows, an agriculture ministry official said on…