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Donald Trump Defends Saudi crown prince despite Khashoggi murder

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SHAFAQNA- President Donald Trump has released a statement defending Saudi Arabia’s crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman and saying the US would continue to have a "steadfast" relationship with the kingdom Despite US intelligence reportedly linking…

MBS to Trump: We’ve bought everything with money

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SHAFAQNA- Donald Trump has warned Saudi Arabia's King Salman he would not last “two weeks" without the backing of the US military. But Bin Salman noted that the two-week timeframe was “not accurate,” as Saudi Arabia existed long before…

UNGA: Trump calls on to completely isolate Iran

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SHAFAQNA- President Donald Trump speaks at the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday as his administration engages in mounting trade conflicts and boosts pressure on Iran. He said “the horrible 2015 nuclear deal” and calls on other…

Iran denied requesting a meeting despite Trump claims he rejected meeting Rouhani

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SHAFAQNA- Hours before US leader is expected to defend decision to pull America out of 2015 nuclear deal with Tehran in speech at UN general assembly, saying that "I'm sure he's an absolutely lovely man", Donald Trump claims he rejected requests…

The big diplomatic war between Canada and Saudi Arabia

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SHAFAQNA - What began with a statement of concern over human rights has ballooned into the biggest diplomatic feud in years between Canada and Saudi Arabia. The clash between the two countries arose following Saudi Arabia’s move to detain…

Iran's Supreme Leader: “There will be no war, and we will not negotiate with the US”

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SHAFAQNQ - Commenting on the US President’s offer of negotiations, Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei said on Sunday “There will be no war, and we will not negotiate.” Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei said "The U.S. has…

New York City’s Forgotten Muslim Past

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SHAFAQNA - The New Yorker | By  Rozina Ali : A Ph.D. student offers a free Muslim-history walking tour in Donald Trump’s home town. Back when Donald Trump was a Presidential candidate, he said, “I think Islam hates us,” and called…

Meeting with Trump would be very hard for Iran

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SHAFAQNA - It would be very hard for Iran’s political leaders to meet with Trump, given his opposition to the nuclear accord they spent years negotiating, his travel ban that effects many Iranians interested in studying or working in the…

Muslim Democrats find a welcoming home at state convention

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SHAFAQNA - Dallas News | by Forrest Milburn : Zulikha Hussain wasn’t always a diehard Democrat. In the past, she’s even voted for a few Republicans, but that changed when Donald Trump secured his party’s nomination in 2016. Her opinion…

Syria and Iran on Trump-Putin talks in Helsinki

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SHAFAQNA - Donald Trump met one-on-one with Russia's Vladimir Putin behind closed doors on Monday in Helsinki. Both leaders expressed confidence that Russia and the United States were entering a period of better relations and cooperation on…

NATO summit comes ahead of Trump’s direct meeting with Putin

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SHAFAQN — President Trump ripped into NATO allies on Wednesday, slamming Germany for its dependence on Russian energy and demanding that nations double their military spending commitments. Ultimately however, the group resolved differences…

The blue Muslim-American wave for public office

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SHAFAQNA - More than 90 American Muslims, nearly all of them Democrats, are running for public office across the country this year. Many are young and politically inexperienced, and most are long shot. Muslim Americans say they feel energized to…

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)…

Us supreme court upholds travel ban

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SHAFAQNA - The Supreme Court ruled in favor of President Donald Trump's September order to restrict travel from several majority Muslim countries to the United States. The travel restriction, the administration's third, affects people from…

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…

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…

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…

Kim signed a "historic" agreement with an untrustworthy negotiator

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SHAFAQNA - The US and North Korean leaders have signed an agreement after historic talks held in Singapor, while Iran has warned North Korea that President Donald Trump is not a trustworthy negotiator. Trump and Kim arrived in the signing…

The G7 summit was a mess: France push Trump to make policy concessions on Iran nuclear deal

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SHAFAQNA - During the summit, Trump’s meetings with leaders from the other G7 members — which includes Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, and the United Kingdom, plus the European Union (which is not technically part of the G7 but participates)…

Afghanistan announced Cease-fire with Taliban for Ramadan

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SHAFAQNA - As Ramadan approaches , Afghani President Ashraf Ghani has called for a week-long cease-fire with the Taliban, drawing wide support from the international community and NATO.     Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Thursday announced…

Trump White House under fire for lack of Muslim-American representation at Ramadan celebration

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SHAFAQNA - VOX | by Tara Isabella burton: The White House hosted its first Iftar dinner after declining to hold it last year. Wednesday night, to commemorate the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, the Trump White House hosted its first Iftar dinner…

Haaretz: Qatar Crisis Weakened the U.S. in the Middle East

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SHAFAQNA - Haaretz : At a time when the United States hopes to exert maximum pressure on Iran, a regional bloc created by Persian Gulf Arab countries to counter Tehran looks increasingly more divided ahead of the anniversary of the diplomatic…

US, Saudi & Israeli alliance threatens world peace, democracy & HR

SHAFAQNA - The decision by the US president last night to abrogate, unilaterally, the most celebrated achievement of his predecessor, the nuclear deal with Iran, has been criticised worldwide and caused a major split within the Western political…

President Trump concedes he may have overstepped

SHAFAQNA - In a semi-admission of guilt to Piers Morgan during a televised interview., US President Donald Trump conceded his re-tweet of a far-right video may not have been in the best of taste. In an interview with the “Good Morning Britain”…

Hundreds rally in besieged Gaza over Trump’s cut of funding to UNRWA

SHAFAQNA - Hundreds of Palestinians took to the streets in the blockaded Gaza Strip after the U.S. administration decided to suspend millions of dollars in aid for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA). Activists…

The “Trump Effect” On Attitudes Toward Arabs And Muslims

SHAFAQNA - Are anti-Arab and anti-Muslim sentiments on the rise in the US? And what are the best ways to combat them? These were some of the questions we discussed at the 2017 “Global Peace and the Fear of Islam” Forum held this past week…

Over 80,000 Indonesians rally to protest Trump’s Al-Quds decision

SHAFAQNA - Indonesian people held mass rally on Sunday in the country's capital city Jakarta to protest US president's provocative decision to recognize al-Quds as Israeli regime's capital. Over 80,000 people, estimated by police, marched…

Donald Trump Has Never Stopped Lying About Muslims

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SHAFAQNA - It’s been just over two years since then-candidate Donald Trump called for a “total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States.” It’s not quite 11 months since his administration first announced the institution…