36 Bahraini receive 429 years in prison, 13 stripped of citizenship

SHAFAQNA - The Bahraini courts issued, on Monday, sentences against 36 citizens that amounted to 429 years in prison. A court sentenced 3 citizens to 15 years in prison and handed 10 others 10 year sentences, all with a case of political background. In…

850,000 Visas Issued to Arbaeen Pilgrims: Iranian Official

SHAFAQNA - Iraqi authorities have issued 850, 000 visas to Iranian pilgrims planning to visit Iraq’s holy city of Karbala for Arbaeen, the head of Iran’s Hajj and Pilgrimage Organization said Tuesday. “So far, 850, 000 visas have been…

Torture in Bahrain - an ongoing reality says Human Rights Watch

SHAFAQNA - Bahraini security forces are torturing detainees during interrogation as regulatory bodies set up after the 2011 uprising "lack independence" and officials are not held accountable, Human Rights Watch said Monday. Bahrain has…

Bahraini Regime Deprives Sheikh Salman's Toddler of Citizenship

SHAFAQNA - The one-year-old daughter of Sheikh Ali Salman, the secretary general of Bahrain’s main opposition party, al-Wefaq National Islamic Society, has been deprived of Bahraini citizenship on political grounds, Salman’s wife announced. “Today,…

Booby-trapped dolls seized in Baghdad; Isis planned bomb blasts during Arbaeen

SHAFAQNA - The Iraqi police have foiled a major bombing plot in Baghdad, where 18 dolls stuffed with bombs were seized by the security forces, which were meant to be scattered on the roads leading to Karbala during Arbaeen - a Shia Muslim…

Terrorists using Islam as a cover: Top Egyptian cleric

SHAFAQNA - Terrorists use religion as a front, said Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayeb, who is the head of the al-Azhar, one of the Muslim world’s most prestigious centers for Islamic learning. It will be unjust and blatant bias, the cleric stated…

Fighting Terrorism Requires International Cooperation: Iran’s First VP

SHAFAQNA - Iranian First Vice-President Eshaq Jahangiri stressed that terrorism has become an international issue and, thus, fighting it requires all-out international cooperation. Speaking in a Wednesday meeting with visiting Russian Deputy…

President Rouhani Warns against Spread of Islamophobia

SHAFAQNA - Iranian President Hassan Rouhani warned that the recent terrorist attacks by the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL or Daesh) terrorist group would fan the fuel of hatred toward Islam and the Muslim community. “Islam…

ISIS plot to attack Shia pilgrims on Arbaeen foiled

SHAFAQNA - Iraqi army forces has dismantled an ISIS cell in the region of "al-Yusufiyah", southern Baghdad, avoiding a major terror attack planned to target big Shia gathering in Arbaeen of Imam Hussein (AS). In this operation three explosive…

The last book of George Jordac unveiled in Tehran

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SHAFAQNA - Titled ‘The Magnificence of Nahj-ul-Balagha’, the book was unveiled in the presence of a number of Iranian and Lebanese scholars and writers at the ‘Martyrs of the Islamic Revolution’ Cultural Complex in Sarcheshmeh neighborhood,…

Imam Hussein lovers begin their march towards Holy Karbala

SHAFAQNA - Pilgrims from the southern Iraqi city of Basra have began their march yesterday towards the holy city of Karbala coming from Ras Elbesha district in Fao county; the furthest region in Iraq. Media sources said the pilgrims are…

Al Wefaq Condemns Terror Attacks in Lebanon

SHAFAQNA - Al Wefaq National Islamic Society strongly condemns the attacks that took the lives of the innocent people in south Beirut, on Thursday evening. These attacks are carried out by the enemies of humanity and Islam. These hands work…

Arbaeen Exhibitions Open in Lebanon

SHAFAQNA- On the occasion of Arbaeen (the 40th day after Ashura), a series of exhibitions titled “The Path of Love” was opened in a ceremony in Beirut, Lebanon. According to the website of the Islamic Culture and Relations Organization…

West Gave Rise to Terrorism to Tarnish Image of Islam: Sheikh Issa Qassem

SHAFAQNA - Bahrain’s Shiite leader Ayatollah Sheikh Issa Ahmed Qassem referred to the phenomenon of terrorism as the West’s offspring in the region, saying that it has been using terrorism to tarnish the image of Islam. Hegemonic powers,…

Iran's Hajj official urges pilgrims to get Iraq visas for Arbaeen

SHAFAQNA - Head of Hajj and Pilgrimage Organization Saeed Ohadi urged all Iranians wishing to travel to Iraq for Arbaeen rituals to ensure having a visa. He said coordination is already in place with the Iranian foreign ministry and Iraqi…

Solving Yemen crisis entails political cooperation

SHAFAQNA -  Iran’s deputy-FM for Arab and African affairs has told UN Secretary-General special envoy to Yemen only constructive cooperation by regional players would bring solution to Yemen. Hossein Amir-Abdollahian and Ismail Ould…

Saudi Arabia is at a Dangerous Crossroads

SHAFAQNA - Ambivalence, political twists and turns and the adoption of mutually exclusive decisions on Syria clearly show how completely lost the Saudi leaders are and their distinct lack of understanding of the fundamentals of modern foreign…

Israelis harvest organs of executed Palestinians

SHAFAQNA - Riyad Mansour, the PA envoy to the UN has said that the Israeli occupation harvested organs of Palestinians executed during October, with the dead returned to their families with body organs missing. “After returning the seized…

8 NGOs condemn Bahraini authorities’ decisions to revoke nationality of Bahraini citizens

SHAFAQNA - 8 national human rights organisations condemn the revocation of nationality decisions carried out by the Bahraini authorities. These NGOs are : Bahrain Human Rights Observatory, SALAM for Democracy and Human Rights, Bahrain Center…

Bahrain Gives Life Sentences To Five Shi'ite Muslims

SHAFAQNA - A court in Bahrain has sentenced five Shiites convicted of spying for Iran to life imprisonment, while also revoking their citizenship. The verdict comes amid escalated tensions between Bahrain and Iran. Public Prosecutor…

#IBelong #Bahrain Campaign kicks off on November 6 - Exclusive

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SHAFAQNA - November 6th represents the anniversary of the first decision to strip the nationality of Bahraini citizens on account of their political affiliations, stand or desire to oppose injustice in the kingdom island. But Bahrain remembers…

Cyclone Chapala displaces more than three thousand Yemenis

SHAFAQNA - More than three thousand families in Yemen have been internally displaced after Cyclone Chapala pounded the country’s southern Hadhramaut province late Monday, according to a Yemeni emergency official. The official, who preferred…

Judiciary chief denounces propaganda against Iran's human rights

SHAFAQNA - Human rights propaganda raised against the Islamic Republic of Iran is mostly politically-motivated, and sometimes rooted in a hypocritical view, Amoli Larijani said. Americans accuse Iran of violating human rights while they…

New plan for more orderly pilgrimage in Razavi holy burial chamber

SHAFAQNA - Assistant of Sacred Premises and Pilgrims Affairs of Astan Quds Razavi reported the start of a new plan for making the pilgrimage more orderly and organized in the Holy Burial Chamber. Sayed Khalil Munabbati said, “With respect…

9th Islamic Conference of Culture Ministers to Kick Off in Oman

SHAFAQNA- The 9th session of the Islamic Conference of Culture Ministers (ICCM) will be held on November 2 to 4 in Muscat, Oman. According to the International Islamic News Agency, the conference will be organized by The Islamic Educational,…

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…