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Iran crowned at World Junior Wushu Champs in Brazil

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SHAFAQNA - IRNA :  For the first time, Young Iranian Wushu team ranked first in World Junior Wushu Championships in Taolu and Sanda competitions, held in Brasilia on Monday. The Iranian practitioners bagged 11 gold, eight silver and seven…

Photos: Badarak Ritual Ceremony at Saint Titus Church

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SHAFAQNA: The annual ritual ceremony of Holy Liturgy or Soorp Badarak, held at Saint Titus Church in Iran's Chaldoran city of Western Azerbaijan Province. This ceremony held on Saturday, with the presence of many Christians from Iran, Frence,…

Iran, Pakistan must boost level of sports cooperation

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SHAFAQNA - IRNA : Former Pakistani volleyball star says that Iran and Pakistan being two neighboring and friendly states must enhance their cooperation in sports sector which will benefit both countries. In an interview with the Islamic…

World powers support Iran’s continued oil and gas exports despite US threats

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Shafaqna- European powers including China and Russia, said that they support Iran’s right to export oil and gas, despite threats of sanctions by the US. According to US News, five world powers have agreed with Iran to forge ahead with negotiations…

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)…

Hindu nationalists in India use hate politics to scapegoat religious minorities

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SHAFAQNA - Mehr News Agency | by Syed Zafar Mehdi : Indian analyst Prof. Dibyesh Anand says that Hindu nationalists in India use hate politics to scapegoat religious minorities, especially Muslims, so that majority of Hindus would think if…

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…

Morocco's breaking record in tourism

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SHAFAQNA -  Morocco recorded a bumper year for tourist arrivals in 2017, breaking through the 11-million barrier for the first time, the tourism ministry announced on Monday.      Visitor arrivals numbered some 11.4 million, a 10% increase…

China reportedly holding thousands of Muslims in internment camps

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SHAFAQNA - Hour upon hour, day upon day, Omir Bekali and other detainees in far western China’s new indoctrination camps had to disavow their Islamic beliefs, criticize themselves and their loved ones and give thanks to the ruling Communist…

Hundreds of thousands of Muslims reportedly in detention in Xinjiang, China

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SHAFAQNA - US Diplomat Laura Stone said last week that the crackdown and curtailment of rights of the Uyghur and other Muslim minorities in China is worsening, amidst reports that several thousand people are being held in so-called re-education…

Thousand of Uighur Muslims detained in Chinese 're-education' camps

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SHAFAQNA - More than 100,000 minority Uighur Muslims are reportedly being indefinitely detained in overcrowded “re-education” camps on China’s western border. The detention centres - reminiscent of Mao-era laogai forced labour…

China bans Muslim children from Quran classes

SHAFAQNA - Chinese government authorities have banned Muslim children from attending religious events during winter break, in a county in western Chinathat is mostly populated by Muslims. The notification for the ban has been posted online…

U.S. withdrawal from intel. treaties, opportunity for China, Iran: Prof. Backer

SHAFAQNA- Commenting on withdrawal of the Trump’s administration from international treaties including the JCPOA, Prof. Larry Backer says the withdrawals may provide substantial opportunity for China and for regional powers like Iran. According…

Chinese police order Xinjiang’s Muslims to hand in all copies of the Quran

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SHAFAQNA - Chinese authorities in the northwestern region of Xinjiang have ordered ethnic minority Muslim families to hand in religious items including prayer mats and copies of the Quran to the authorities, RFA has learned. Officials across…

Chinese firms eye stronger share in lucrative Halal market

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SHAFAQNA - Standing behind her stall at a Dubai exhibition Centre, Dai Dong He offered passersby what looked like carefully wrapped biscuits or chocolates. "This is dry beef, beef snacks," said Dai, general manager of Anhui Central Asia Food…

China's Muslims are banned from using their language in schools

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SHAFAQNA - Authorities in China's Xinjiang region have banned China's Muslims from using their language in schools. Last month, the Hotan government in north western China prohibited the use of the Uighur language from being used in schools…

China bans religious beliefs for 88 million people

SHAFAQNA - The Chinese Government has banned members of the country’s ruling Communist Party from holding any religious beliefs. An article written by the Wang Zuaon Director of the State Administration for Religious Affairs revealed that…

China spies on its Muslim community - spyware

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SHAFAQNA - In a latest move to increase surveillance, China has asked its Muslim minority people in Xinjiang to install a surveillance app on their phones to monitor them. Messaging service WeChat sent a notice to the residents of Xinjiang’s…

China's Uighur Muslims struggle under 'police state'

SHAFAQNA - Worshippers quietly passed through metal detectors as they entered the central mosque in China's far western city of Kashgar under the stern gaze of stone-faced police officers. The increasingly strict curbs imposed on the mostly…

China’s oldest mosque in Beijing

HAFAQNA- Mosque “Nyvjyh” in Beijing, one of the capital’s historic old mosques located in the area Muslims. Nyvjyh ancient mosque and the mosque Prshkvhtryn Beijing, one of China’s famous mosque was built in 996 AD.

Beijing punishes Muslims who observe Ramadan

SHAFAQNA - Muslims in China fasting during the holy month of Ramadan are being fined and sent to classes to 'educate' them in religious extremism. The government in Xinjiang have also enforced a rule demanding that all restaurants in the region…

Beijing’s Muslim community gathers in ancient mosque to celebrate Ramadan

SHAFAQNA - Muslims across China began observing fasting in the holy month of Ramadan on May 27 this year as the community gathers in the ancient mosque to celebrate Ramadan. According to the Xinhua News Agency, China is home to around about…

Muslim children forced to drop 'religious' names in western China

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SHAFAQNA - Muslim children in China’s far western Xinjiang region are being forced to change their “religious” names and adults are being coerced into attending rallies showing devotion to the officially atheist Communist party. During…

China wants to stop Ramadan

SHAFAQNA - China is trying to prevent people from fasting during Ramadan in the predominantly Muslim province of Xinjiang. According to the World Uyghur Congress (WUC), officials in the region ordered all restaurants to remain open and a…

China sparks human rights outcry by ramping up DNA testing in Muslim-dominated region

SHAFAQNA - China appears to be laying the groundwork for the mass collection of DNA samples from residents of a restive, largely Muslim region that's been under a security crackdown, rights observers and independent experts said Tuesday. Police…

China bans religious names for Muslim babies in Xinjiang

SHAFAQNA - Many couples fret over choosing the perfect name for their newborn, but for Muslims in western China that decision has now become even more fraught: pick the wrong name and your child will be denied education and government benefits. Officials…

Sharjah opens photo exhibition on Muslim communities in China

SHAFAQNA - Sharjah Museum of Islamic Civilisation opened an exhibition that gives a glimpse into the lives of Muslims in China as documented by photographer Peter Sanders on Thursday. The exhibition titled ‘Moments in the Lives of Muslims…

Trump’s Russia Charm Offensive Is Meant To Isolate Iran, China

SHAFAQNA - Donald Trump’s presidential campaign rhetoric was a cocktail of ostensibly nationalist economics and isolationist foreign policy that was viewed by much of the punditocracy as a sharp break from traditional U.S. policy. But while…