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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…

The Atlantic's report on Banning Muslim Veils across Europe 

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SHAFAQNA- Denmark has passed a ban on face veils in public which widely understood to be targeting Muslim face veil like the burqa and niqab. The Atlantic reports about this law in Denmark and other European countries and its effect on Muslim community…

France arrested 3 suspects over plot to attack Muslims

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SHAFAQNQ - According to French daily Le Figaro, two men and one woman- has arrested by the Internal Security Directorate in France and an investigation has opened into three suspects for over a terrorist plot to attack Muslims. Last month,…

Photos of Iraq Captured in the Second Half of 20th Century

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SHAFAQNA: Mr. Latif Al Ani is regarded as the founder of Iraqi photography. His pictures are mostly in black and white from everyday moments of Iraqi life, in a time between the revolutions, coups and wars that shaped modern Iraq, to show the…

E3 agree to establish non-dollar trade with Iran: Russia’s Lavrov

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SHAFAQNA - ISNA : Major European countries party to nuclear negotiations with Iran – France, Germany, and the UK – have agreed to maintain trade with Tehran independent from the US dollar, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said. European…

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…

Alireza Faghani: Too soon to talk about officiating World Cup final

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SHAFAQNA - Iranian referee Alireza Faghani said that he goes through competitions match by match and its too soon to talk about officiating 2018 World Cup final. Alireza Faghani together with linesmen Reza Sokhandan and Mohammad Mansouri…

10 Muslim World Cup facts you should know

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SHAFAQNA - My Salaam | by Tharik Hussain : Russia 2018 is a record-breaking World Cup for the Muslim world, with seven Muslim-majority nations taking part this year, the most since the start of the games in 1930. To celebrate this, here are…

Abe will visit Saudi Arabia and Egypt

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SHAFAQNA - During to his European and Middle Eastern countries tour next month, Shinzo Abe will visit Saudi Arabia and Egypt. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is planning to visit Belgium, France, Saudi Arabia and Egypt countries next…

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…

US Foreign Policy in Crisis

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SHAFAQNA - Iranian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mohammad Javad Zarif wrote in response to Mike Pompeo's claims about Iran:  Following the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the Paris Climate Accord, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA)…

French special forces on the ground in Yemen

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SHAFAQNA - Middle East Monitor : French special forces are present on the ground in Yemen with forces from the United Arab Emirates, French newspaper Le Figaro reported on Saturday, citing two military source. The newspaper gave no further…

President Assad: US and UK existence in Syria is invasion

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SHAFAQNA - IRNA: President Bashar al-Assad said that the UK publicly supported the White Helmets that are a branch of Al Qaeda and Jabhat al-Nusra in different areas of Syria, stressing that Syria considers the White Helmets to be a PR stunt…

French Muslim student in media storm over headscarf

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SHAFAQNA - A Muslim student at one of France's top universities has found herself at the centre of a media storm after she appeared in a documentary wearing a headscarf. Maryam Pougetoux had appeared in the film to talk about student protests…

France remains a target for radicals - foiled terror plot

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SHAFAQNA - French police have arrested two Egyptian-born brothers who they believe were plotting an attack using either explosives or the lethal poison ricin, Interior Minister Gerard Collomb said on Friday. Ricin is a naturally occurring…

Anger in France as factions call for Quran to be redacted

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SHAFAQNA - A French manifesto calling for certain passages of the Quran to be removed on the grounds of rising anti-Semitism sparked anger Monday from Muslims who said their religion was being unfairly "put on trial". The open letter published…

Assad returns French Legion of Honor medal

SHAFAQNA - Syrian President Bashar Assad has surrendered his Legion of Honor award, France’s most prestigious decoration, given to him by Jacques Chirac in 2001, saying he will not wear honors bestowed by a “slave country” that bombs…

Over Half of French People Say Islam is Compatible with Their Society: Survey

SHAFAQNA- The survey results, which were published today by the French weekly newspaper, Le Journal Du Dimanche, show that the majority of French people think that Islam is compatible with their society, while 43 percent believe the opposite. A…

Hard choices: France wrestles in between realpolitik and republican morality

SHAFAQNA - Once upon a time France claimed to a rather prestigious status, that of a free sovereign nation whose republican values inspired a people to enshrine in their constitution the very expressions of democracy: liberty, equality, fraternity. Once…

Exclusive Interview with Denis Bauchard - Adviser for the Middle East at the French Institute of International Relations

SHAFAQNA - Earlier this month Shafaqna had the privilege of conducting an interview with Denis Bauchard, Adviser for the Middle East at the French Institute of International Relations (Ifri). A former diplomat, he was Minister Counselor…

France reinvents itself a power-broker in the Greater Middle East against US belligerence

SHAFAQNA - At the height of France’ Algerian crisis (June 4, 1958) General Charles de Gaulle delivered a speech which very much defined his country’s political future, and forever enshrined the notion that France’s colonial adventures…

France wants to force Jewish and Muslims school children to consume pork

SHAFAQNA - Muslim and Jewish students in the small French town of Beaucarie will no longer be able to request pork-free school meals, according to a new rule passed by the town's far-right mayor. The town, ruled by the far-right nationalist…

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…

Paris to Prevent Muslim Street Prayers

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SHAFAQNA- PARIS – The French Interior minister announced on Sunday, November 19, that the authorities will stop Muslims from praying on the streets in a Paris suburb, promising to find them an alternative. “They will not have prayers…

PARIS MUSLIMS FIGHT FOR RIGHT TO PRAY ON THE STREETS AFTER SCUFFLE WITH LAWMAKERS

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SHAFAQNA - A group of Parisian Muslims announced Wednesday it is taking local politicians to court after a group of 100 lawmakers physically prevented 200 Muslims from praying on the streets of a Paris suburb. The scuffle between the Parisian…

Muslims clash with lawmakers on Paris streets

SHAFAQNA - A Muslim association in France is taking legal action against French lawmakers after clashes with worshippers on the streets of a Paris suburb. A Muslim association in France is taking legal action against French lawmakers after…

Merci! Designer credits French burkini ban for sales boom

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SHAFAQNA- The woman who invented the burkini has reaped a tenfold jump in sales since France banned her swimwear, and says her coveralls have opened a whole new sporting life for Muslim women. Thousands of women in Europe – many non-Muslims…

French parents name baby ‘Jihad,’ may face charges

SHAFAQNA - Parents in the town of Leguevin, near Toulouse, France, have named their baby son… Jihad, local media report. The baby’s parents may face charges for the controversial choice of name. Baby Jihad Guetarni was born in August…