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Where Islam flourishes despite being half-underground

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SHAFAQNA - Economis : The strange social reality of Islam in Greece. ON A baking-hot Friday afternoon in the dusty Athenian district of Neos Kosmos, a cheerful assortment of (mostly male) worshippers greet one another in Arabic, Greek and…

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…

Muslim cleric in Greece call for a Mosque

SHAFAQNA - Decrying how Muslims in Athens have no choice but to pray in unsanitary conditions in basements, a top Muslim cleric from Greece said there is a great need for a mosque in the Greek capital. “Greece is the only country in the…

Right-Wing Groups Attempt To Bomb EU Targets As Greek Tragedy Worsens

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SHAFAQNA - Last week, major financial institutions in Europe were put on notice when letter bombs were sent to the International Monetary Fund and the office of Germany’s financial minister. Only one of those bombs exploded and injuries were…

Refugee boat capsizes off Turkey, 12 killed

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SHAFAQNA - A boat carrying 22 Syrian refugees has capsized off Turkey's Aegean coastal town of Kusadasi, leaving at least 12 people dead and three others unaccounted for. Turkey’s private Dogan news agency reported that there were…

Fire damages 15th century Ottoman-era mosque in northern Greece

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SHAFAQNA - The overnight blaze burned through the wooden roof of the Celebi Sultan Mehmed Mosque, also known as Bayezid Mosque, in the town of Didymoticho close to the Greek-Turkish border. The cause was unclear, though the fire had occurred…

Athens only EU capital without Mosque: First mosque to be built after 180 years

SHAFAQNA - The first official mosque is to be erected in the Greek capital, Athens, ending an almost two-century ban on building a Muslim worship place by the government. This month, the government passed a bill to accelerate 10-year-old…

Greece: Migrant Children in Police Cells

SHAFAQNA - Greek authorities regularly detain asylum-seeking and other migrant children traveling on their own in small, crowded, and unsanitary police station cells, Human Rights Watch said today. They are held there for weeks and months,…

The picture which shames Europe - Any humanity left in the Old Continent?

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SHAFAQNA  - How far has humanity fallen when only absolute misery an desperation seem to yank us out of our self-induced egocentric trance? This March, one picture seems to have moved even the most politically battered hearts and minds. Before…

Greek protesters condemn EU policies on refugees

SHAFAQNA - Thousands of Greeks have hit the streets in the capital, Athens, for a mass protest rally against EU policies towards refugees mainly coming from the Middle East. Chanting pro-refugee slogans on Wednesday, the protesters condemned…

Athens Muslims Seek to Foster Understanding

SHAFAQNA - Inside the mosque children clamor between legs and abayas, Muslim women’s traditional floor-length garments. It’s the quickest way to keep up with one another in the bustling Al-Huda Islamic Center in Athens during a recent open…

France's refugee crisis in Calais spirals into violence - Greece follows

SHAFAQNA - Calais witnessed another round of violence overnight as demolition teams attempted to lay waste the "Jungle" where refugees set up camp while waiting to cross onto Britain. Most refugees so far are refusing to file asylum in France…