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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…

Germany to expand consultations with Muslim Community

SHAFAQNA-The newly enlarged German Interior Ministry plans to expand its consultations with the Muslim Community as part of the Annual Islamic Conference format. “We have to be much stronger than before in placing at the centre of our Islamic…

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…

Indonesian researchers to study Muslim life in Germany

SHAFAQNA- Fourteen Indonesians consisting of academics, researchers and journalists left for Germany on Saturday to study Muslim life in Germany in a two-week program sponsored by Goethe Institut, a German state-sponsored cultural institution. The…

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…

400 refugees based in Egypt to be received by Portugal

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SHAFAQNA- Egypt welcomed an offer by Portugal to host 400 refugees who currently are in the country, as a part of the cooperation between the EU and Egypt on the migration, because of its own economic problems. According to Middle East Monitor,…

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)…

1,075 Islamophobic crimes in Germany in 2017

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…

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…

German parliament condemns violence against Rohingya

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SHAFAQNA - German parliament on Friday condemned the violence against the Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar’s Rakhine State. In a voting held in the parliament, a joint draft resolution prepared by Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats…

4th Gen Muslims in Germany Don't Feel at Home, Prone to Radicalization says Professoer

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SHAFAQNA - The number of Salafist adherents in Germany has doubled in five years, German newspaper Tagesspiegel reported, citing anonymous security sources. Professor Susanne Schröter, Director of the Frankfurt Research Center for Global Islam…

Imam Ali shrine contracts with Berlin university to cooperate on working on manuscripts

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SHAFAQNA - A delegation from the German Pergamon Museum had the honor of visiting the Holy Shrine of Imam Ali (PBUH). The delegation consisted of a group of archeologists. They visited the manuscripts division in the holy shrine. Sheikh…

German Muslim groups highlight new threat to mosques

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SHAFAQNA- Germans should not dismiss mosque attacks by pro-Kurdish extremists as a foreign issue with no relevance to German society, the Central Council of Muslims in Germany (ZMD), the Turkish Muslim organisation DITIB, and the…

New minister: Islam does not belong to Germany

SHAFAQNA- “Islam does not belong to Germany. Germany has been shaped by Christianity,” Seehofer told the Bild newspaper in an interview on Friday. Germany, already beset by anti-refugee violence, saw the rise to power of hard-line politicians…

Mosque in Cologne vandalised

SHAFAQNA- A mosque in Germany’s northwestern city of Cologne was vandalized overnight by alleged supporters of the PYD/PKK organizations, the latest in a string of attacks targeting the country’s Turkish-Muslim community. The assailants…

Another German mosque comes under arson attack

SHAFAQNA- The German website Local reported that the fire department had been called in to put out a fire caused by a suspected arson attack at the Koca Sinan Camii Mosque shortly after 2 am (0100 GMT) on Sunday morning. The blaze reportedly…

At least 950 attacks on Muslims reported in Germany in 2017

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SHAFAQNA- German authorities registered at least 950 attacks on Muslims and Muslim institutions such as mosques in 2017, the Neue Osnabrueckner Zeitung reported in Saturday editions, citing data provided to lawmakers by the Interior Ministry. The…

Germany stops selling weapons to Saudi Arabia

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SHAFAQNA - Germany has stopped selling weapons to Saudi Arabia and almost all of its allies waging war on Yemen, in a decision likely to have both an impact on the Riyadh regime and a domino effect on other Western and non-Western countries…

Lena-Meryem Wielandt, New Muslim from Germany: Currents of Life

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SHAFAQNA-Islam is growing rapidly in the West. It is a fact that Islam is the fastest growing religion in the world and is expected to outstrip Christianity by the end of the century. Reports show that the number of Muslims will grow more than…

A new Muslim from Germany: Lena-Meryem Wielandt Currents of Life: Lena-Meryem Wielandt

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SHAFAQNA- Islam is growing rapidly in the West. It is a fact that Islam is the fastest growing religion in the world and is expected to outstrip Christianity by the end of the century. Reports show that the number of Muslims will grow more…

German Interior minister welcomes adoption of Islamic holidays

SHAFAQNA- German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said he does not mind adopting a Muslim holiday in Germany, especially in states with a Muslim population, such as Hamburg and North Rhine-Westphalia, MENA reported. The German minister…

Merkel set for fourth term as far right enters parliament

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SHAFAQNA- German Chancellor Angela Merkel secured a fourth consecutive term on Sunday after her Christian Democrats (CDU) and the allied Christian Social Union (CSU) won the largest parliamentary bloc with 33 percent of the vote. Merkel’s…

Facing far-right gains, Merkel, Schulz urge undecided Germans to vote

SHAFAQNA- German Chancellor Angela Merkel, poised to win a fourth term in Sunday’s election, and her center-left challenger Martin Schulz urged supporters on Saturday to keep fighting for votes with a third of the electorate still undecided. Merkel…

The hot-button issue of Muslim integration in Germany

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SHAFAQNA - The topic of integration of Muslims has become a “hot-button” issue in Germany. Many wonder whether people whose roots are in the Islamic Middle East can succeed in integrating. They are afraid of parallel societies and refer…

Islamic Groups in Germany Publish Election Survey for Muslim Voters

SHAFAQNA- The Central Council of Muslims in Germany, as well as the German Muslim League (Deutsche Muslim Liga) and the Islamische Zeitung newspaper on Monday published the results of a survey sent to the parties expected to be voted in to…

Hamburg Islamic Center to celebrate birthday anniversary of Imam Hadi (AS)

SHAFAQNA - A ceremony will be held at the Islamic Center of Hamburg in Germany to celebrate the birthday anniversary of Imam Hadi (AS). According to izhamburg.de, it will be held at the center on Thursday with the participation of devotees…

Hate crimes against Muslims in Germany on the rise

SHAFAQNA - German civil rights activist Taner Aksoy argues that anti-Muslim sentiment has had a long history in Germany but is becoming increasingly violent because of external factors and the country's far-right xenophobic campaigns. Long-simmering…