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Saudi king agreed to Trump’s request to boost oil production

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SHAFAQNA - US President Donald Trump said in a tweet that he persuaded Saudi Arabia's King Salman to increase oil output "maybe up to" two million barrel. The world's top oil exporter plans to pump as much as 11 million barrels per day (bpd)…

Rouhani: a secure and stable Afghanistan is a must for regional security

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SHAFAQNA - ISNA: President Rouhani described a secure and stable Afghanistan a must for regional security and development and stressed that Tehran always supports peace and stability in Afghanistan.    President Rouhani described a secure…

There are Muslims in Tibet, too

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SHAFAQNA - Mention Tibet, and the first thing that comes to mind is the Dalai Lama and Buddhism. However, Muslims have been as much a part of the fabric of Tibetan culture as their Buddhist counterparts. It is hard to…

The surprising halal delights of Ho Chi Minh

SHAFAQNA - Forever ‘Saigon’ to many, Ho Chi Minh City (HCM) — named after the revolutionary socialist leader who united North and South Vietnam — curiously ‘feels’ like Vietnam’s capital city, but it isn’t. That would be Hanoi…

Japanese victims of forced sterilization file more lawsuits over inhumane eugenics law

SHAFAQNA - Three Japanese pensioners have filed separate lawsuits against the government over irreversible damage caused by forced sterilization conducted under Japan’s eugenics law, which was in place for almost 50 years. Faced with…

Top Pakistani cleric 'Allama Sajid Naqvi' condemns Shia genocide in Quetta, DI Khan

SHAFAQNA - Pakistan Shia Ulema Council chief Allama Syed Sajid Ali Naqvi has condemned the recent unabated targeted murders of innocent Shia Muslims in Quetta and Dera Ismail Khan and demanded immediate action to eliminate terrorist network. He…

At least 3 killed, 30 injured in IED blast on wedding in NW Pakistan

SHAFAQNA - At least three people were killed and 30 others injured on Friday by an improvised explosive device (IED) blast at a wedding ceremony in northwestern Pakistan, near its border with Afghanistan, local officials confirmed. “The…

Halal Certified Restaurants on Rise in Singapore, More Tolerance Needed

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SHAFAQNA - With the increase in the number of Halal Certified restaurants, or restaurants that are currently in the process of getting their Halal Certification, in Singapore, more tolerance is needed from those of other races. Many have…

Brunei Sultan Urges Introducing Congregational Prayers at Schools

SHAFAQNA - "In Arabic and religious schools, congregational prayer is held, either at the surau (an Islamic assembly building) or the nearby mosque. This is very good to be continued, not only for students but also for parents and guardians…

Senior Kashmiri Shia leader condemns Kulgam killings

SHAFAQNA - Senior Kashmiri Shia leader, Aga Syed Hasan Almosvi Alsafvi expressed deep anguish over the “massacre” of innocent people going on continuously in the Valley due to “stubborn attitude of government of New Delhi regarding the…

War Crimes Prosecutor Seeks Jurisdiction over Rohingya Muslim Deportations

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SHAFAQNA - A ruling affirming jurisdiction could pave the way for Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda to investigate the deportation of many thousands of Rohingya Muslims, though Myanmar is unlikely to cooperate. “This is not an abstract question…

Official Says Malaysia Committed to Promoting Quranic Activities

SHAFAQNA - He said this was reflected through the government's policies and programs to empower a Quranic society which includes organizing Recitation and Memorization of the Quran Ceremony. "Many efforts had been done by the government…

Bangladesh delays repatriation of Rohingya Muslims, says 'a lot of preparation' still needed

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SHAFAQNA - The repatriation of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims who fled violence in Myanmar will not begin as planned, Bangladesh said Monday, with authorities admitting "a lot of preparation" was still needed. Dhaka had been due…

Rohingya Muslims return to Myanmar puts them at ‘grave risk’, say UK MPs

SHAFAQNA - There is a “grave risk” in plans for repatriation for Rohingya refugees to Myanmar without the understanding of their legal status, destination and willingness to return, a parliament committee report said. The report by a…

95 Attend Quran Competition in Southern Thai City

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SHAFAQNA - Ninety-five memorizers from 20 Quran memorization centers in Thailand took part in the competition, according to al-Qabas daily. They competed at five levels on memorization of the Holy Quran. The al-Rahma World Association,…

Myanmar Military Admits Part in Killings of Muslims Found in Mass Grave

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SHAFAQNA - Soldiers in Myanmar’s military and villagers were behind the killing of 10 Rohingya Muslims whose bodies were found in a mass grave in Rakhine state’s Inn Din village, commander-in-chief Min Aung Hlaing said Wednesday in a statement…

Vice Chairman of Pakistan Shiite Ulema Council passes away

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SHAFAQNA - Hujjat al-Islam Seyed Abdoljalil Naqvi, a renowned Shia leader and son-in-law of Allama Seyed Sajid Ali Naqvi, Member of the Supreme Council of AhlulBayt World Assembly, has died of protracted illness in Rawalpindi. His Salat al-Janazah…

Four policemen killed in Kashmir bombing

SHAFAQNA - Four police officers have been killed in a bomb blast set off by militants fighting Indian rule in a northwestern town in disputed Kashmir, according to police. The explosion ripped through a market in the town of Sopore on Saturday,…

Sunni, Shia Muslims at peace and unity in remote village of Cambodia

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SHAFAQNA - Uneasiness is in the air in the small, predominantly Muslim village of Vihear Sambo in Tboung Khmum province. From the time the villagers first settled, they have always been practising Sunni Islam. However, things began to change…

Kabul blast kills, injures 70 at Shia news organisation, Taliban denies any involvement

SHAFAQNA - Multiple blasts near an office of a media outlet in the Afghan capital of Kabul have left at least 40 people dead and 32 others injured, officials say.  At least 40 people have been killed and 30 wounded in a suicide attack at a…

500,000 Rohingyas Unlikely to Receive Schooling in 2018

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SHAFAQNA - A humanitarian organization has warned of a "lost generation" with more than 500,000 Rohingya refugee children in Bangladesh unlikely to receive schooling in 2018. The International Rescue Committee (IRC) said unless interventions…

Taliban kill 11 Afghan police in attack on checkpoints in Helmand

SHAFAQNA - Taliban terrorists attacked checkpoints in the southern Helmand province early Sunday, killing 11 police, an official said. Omar Zwak, the spokesman for the provincial governor, said Afghan forces eventually repelled the attack…

No Progress in Investigations about Theft of 17th-Century Quran Copy

SHAFAQNA - The Jammu and Kashmir High Court on Thursday asked CBI to submit latest status of its investigation regarding theft of Aurangzeb-era copy of the Holy Quran from Shri Pratap Singh (SPS) Museum in Srinagar in 2003. As hearing of…

Rohingya refugees still fleeing from Myanmar to Bangladesh says UNHCR

SHAFAQNA - Rohingya refugees continue to flee Myanmar for Bangladesh even though both countries set up a timetable last month to allow them to start to return home, the U.N. refugee agency (UNHCR) said on Thursday. The number of refugees appears…

Malaysia rises against Trump's Jerusalem declaration

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SHAFAQNA - MALAYSIA’s Prime Minister has called on Muslims around the world to unite in opposition to Donald Trump’s declaration that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel. Najib Razak told Muslims at an annual gathering of his ruling party…

Young Southeast Asian Muslim Women Are More Religious Yet More Progressive, Study Finds

SHAFAQNA - Young Southeast Asian Muslim women are more cosmopolitan and global and yet more religiously observant compared with the older generation of female Muslims, according to a recent study. The study -- conducted by the New York-based…

Islam finds a place in Japan

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SHAFAQNA - Japan is not a country one would associate with Islam, with it recognised as a Shinto-majority country. Of the 127 million people living in Japan, only 100,000 Muslims reside in the country, with majority being foreign nationals. However,…

The Muslims of South Korea

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SHAFAQNA - This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Korean hostage crisis in Afghanistan, which was a turning point in the history of Islam in Korea. Today, South Korean Muslims make up a tiny minority, 0.2 percent, of the predominantly Christian…