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Joining CFT facilitates Iran economic ties with world

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SHAFAQNA- “If CFT is approved with the conditions Iran sets and red lines it puts forward, it can prevent abuses and help normalization of Iran’s economic ties with the world,” Kamal Kharrazi said. Iranian parliament on Sunday passed…

Zarif conversations about JCPOA with global media: "Reliability is different from trust"

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SHAFAQNA- Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif talked about the Iran nuclear deal, the rest of the international community deal with the US, Netanyahu‘s claims and the future of relations between Tehran and Washington, in separate…

Araqchi: Europeans should implement mechanisms of banking and trade transactions to Iran before November 4

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SHAFAQNA- Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Seyyed Abbas Araqchi said that according to our negotiations with Europeans, the mechanisms of the banking and trade transactions will be carried out before the next round of the sanctions comes. “Europeans…

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi called on followers to keep up attacks against Shi’ite Muslims

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SHAFAQNA : In a new 54 minute long speech for the ‘Eid Al-Adha holiday, the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) leader, Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi, instructed his followers to keep fighting, despite their several setbacks across Syria, Iraq, and…

Islamic Architecture of Andalusia

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SHAFAQNA - Islamic Arts: Spain’s Islamic centuries (AD 711-1492) left a particularly rich heritage of exotic and beautiful palaces, mosques, minarets and fortresses in Andalusia, which was always the  heartland of Al-Andalus (as the Muslim-…

British Government do not support a ban on wearing the veil in public

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SHAFAQNA- Boris Johnson has sparked anger by claiming that women wearing burkas look like letter boxes and bank robbers. His comments have been furiously condemned by Muslim leaders and Labour, with MP David Lammy branding him a ‘pound-shop…

In Western Europe, familiarity with Muslims is linked to positive views of Muslims and Islam

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SHAFAQNA- Across Western Europe, people who say they personally know a Muslim are generally more likely than others to have positive opinions of Muslims and their religion, according to a recent Pew Research Center study in 15 countries.…

PEW: Global Rise of government restrictions and social hostilities against Muslims

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SHAFAQNA - In many countries around the world, the government imposed restrictions and hostilities on religious activities and limited freedom of religion that tend to target Muslims. In recent years, Restrictions on Muslims rose by governments…

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)…

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…

Europe's Muslim population to hit 8 pct by 2030: Global Muslim Diaspora Report

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SHAFAQNA- The Muslim population of Europe will rise to 8 percent and of the United States to 2.1 percent by 2030, according to Global Muslim Diaspora Report released on Saturday. The report was released at a workshop in Istanbul called “Muslim…

Sweden Allows Mosque Call to Prayer

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SHAFAQNA - Swedish police Tuesday granted a mosque permission to hold a weekly call to prayer, triggering divisions among politicians and the public, five months ahead of elections in a country which has taken in waves of asylum seekers in…

German police records 1,075 Islamophobic crimes in 2017

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SHAFAQNA - German police recorded 1,075 Islamophobic crimes in 2017, according to new government figures announced on Tuesday. Far-right extremists or groups carried out some 994 attacks against Muslims and mosques, which made up 92.5 percent…

Fears of Muslim domination unwarranted

SHAFAQNA - ‘Every Continental (European) under the age of 40 — make that 60, if not 75 — is all but guaranteed to end his days living in an Islamified Europe," polemicist Mark Steyn wrote in 2006. "Native populations on the continent…

Netherlands: Far-right groups attack 3 mosques

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SHAFAQNA - Far-right groups have attacked three mosques in the Netherlands, a Muslim charity fund official said Thursday. The extreme right-wing Rechts in Verzet group early Thursday put up banners with Islamophobic content in the entrance…

Danger of Salafi and far-right extremism in the Europe

SHAFAQNA- During the International conference of "Islam in Europe: Prospects and Challenges" that was held on Wednesday in Qom, Hawzah News Agency interviewed professor Robert Gleave, Director of the Centre for the Study of Islam at University…

Greek neo-Nazi group threatens Muslim association

SHAFAQNA - A neo-Nazi organisation has threatened the Muslim Association of Greece and pro-migrant organisations, amid an uptick in anti-immigrant violence in the Greek capital. On Thursday, the organisation said it had received a menacing…

Croatia leader visits site of wartime massacre of Muslims

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SHAFAQNA - Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic made an unexpected visit Thursday to the site of a massacre of Muslim civilians by Bosnian Croats during the country’s 1990s war, an atrocity that led to several war crimes convictions. Grabar-Kitarovic,…

Bosnian Mosque Defies Time with Minaret Resembling Clock Tower

SHAFAQNA - In Dabrica village, near the province of Stolac in Bosnia and Herzegovina, a Janissary soldier (soup maker), Sefer Agha, who arrived in the village at the beginning of the 1600s, built a mosque that shines with its clock tower-looking…

Greece makes shariah law optional for Muslims in family disputes

SHAFAQNA - The Greek Parliament yesterday made the practice of Islamic shariah law in family disputes optional for the country's Muslim minority, changing a century-old legacy. Greece's leftist Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras immediately called…

Christian Librarian Dons Hijab to Support Muslims

SHAFAQNA - ancy Allen, a librarian, published author, and a member of a church choir from Conway, US state of Arkansas, has been wearing hijab for almost two years to support Muslim women and counter hateful rhetoric targeting the religious…

Austrian Muslims Say Religious Intolerance Is Growing

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SHAFAQNA - Across the street from Vienna's iconic Ferris wheel, the Schura Mosque is packed each Friday with Muslims who come to pray. It's one of some 300 mosques and prayer rooms serving 700,000 Muslims who live in Austria and who've enjoyed…

Catalonia election: Muslim woman on a political mission

SHAFAQNA - "It's sad to turn on the television and never see a black face or an Arab personality," says Najat Driouech, who is likely to become Catalonia's first female Muslim MP. She says she is used to being a pioneer, as the first girl…

France orders halal supermarket shut for not selling pork and alcohol

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SHAFAQNA - France has ordered a halal supermarket in Paris to close because it does not sell pork or wine. The Good Price mini-market in Colombes did not comply with the conditions of its lease, which stated the shop must act as a "general…

Attacks on Mosques rising in Netherlands

SHAFAQNA - There has been an increase in the number of attacks targeting mosques in the Netherlands, according to a report released by a Turkish university on Monday. Issued by Istanbul Sabahattin Zaim University, the 2016 Netherlands Human…

Swedish MP forced to resign over Islamophobic scandal

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SHAFAQNA - A nationalist politician in Sweden was forced to resign on Monday after declaring that Muslims are the opposite of humans. "On one end of the scale you are 100 percent human, a person, everything that’s part of that concept.…

Swedish King Visits Mosque Gutted in Arson Attack

SHAFAQNA - The King of Sweden visited a mosque in Orebro gutted in an arson attack on September 26. Carl XVI Gustaf was in Orebro for a previously scheduled visit to the university, and paid a visit to the mosque afterwards on his own request. Orebro…

Far-right ‘Identitarian’ movement aiming to launch UK branch, but who are they?

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SHAFAQNA - A far-right movement which has united young nationalists from Canada, the US and across the European Union, resulting in shocking, often hostile anti-migration campaigns, is plotting to set up shop in the UK. Génération Identitaire…