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Lebanon: Hariri hopes for government formation soon

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SHAFAQNA- Lebanon Prime Minister-designate Saad al-Hariri on Tuesday said he hoped a new government would be formed after President Michel Aoun returns from a trip abroad. Saying the economic situation requires everyone to compromise a bit…

Syrian President offers amnesty to army deserters

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SHAFAQNA - The Syrian government has declared an amnesty for men who deserted the army or have avoided military service, giving them several months to take advantage of the amnesty without facing punishment. The fear of conscription, and…

Lebanon blamed Israel for attempts to split ME

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SHAFAQNA- Lebanon's President Accuses Israel of Trying to 'Split' the Middle East. Lebanon’s President Michel Aoun has blamed Israel for attempts to split the Middle East along social and religious lines. “In the Middle East Israel…

Photos: Between Sidon and Tyre city, Lebanon; The Shrine of Prophet Sari is located

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SHAFAQNA- Imam Hussain :   Read more from Shafaqna: Photos: Displaying A Manuscript of the Holy Quran Written By Imam Ali (P) Photos: Hamedan, Asian Tourism hub in 2018 Photos: Kerbela, intensive preparations made for…

Lebanon and Syria to extend tourism and economic relations

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SHAFAQNA- Abdullah al-Gharbi, The Syrian Internal Trade and Consumer Protection Minister, discussed about commercial and economic relations between Syria and Lebanon, with Lebanese Agriculture Minister Ghazi Zaiter and Industry Minister Hussein…

Halal Travel in Madrid

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SHAFAQNA- Esmadrid: Madrid is a great halal destination for a holiday, business trip or a city break. It has plenty of Muslim-friendly services that take into consideration their necessities regarding food and other actions that are not allowed…

US government will reject the Palestinian right of return

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SHAFAQNA- The Trump administration will, in coming days, reject the UN definition of "Palestinian refugees" effectively snubbing the "right of return" of millions of Palestinian refugees to their homes.  The US government will "effectively"…

countries in the Middle East known as the Most Active on Social Media

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SHAFAQNA - Jordan and Lebanon has been ranked first and second as most frequent users of social media, Pew Research Center reported. People in the Middle East are the most frequent users of social media, according to a recent study made…

Several Middle Eastern countries have been hit by Earthquake

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SHAFAQNA - An earthquake has hit Parts of Lebanon, Syria, Jordan and Palestine on Wednesday. According to gulf news, the aftershocks continued throughout the day. The official news agency in Lebanon reported that a tremor was recorded…

Lebanon: one suicide attempt every six hours

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SHAFAQNA - The rate of suicide is close to national alarm in Lebanon. The rate of suicide among the youth in Lebanon is rising at an alarming rate according to health professions. As many as one suicide attempts are being reported every six…

Shia Muslims shape 20 percent of global Muslim population

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SHAFAQNA – World Atlas : There are 1.6 billion Muslims around the world with Shia Muslims accounting for almost 20%. While most global Muslims are Sunni, a handful of countries have Shia majorities or pluralities. These countries are…

Ramadan’s spirit of generosity throughout Lebanon

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 SHAFAQNA - Annahar | by  Ghadir Hamadi and Tala Hammour : People all over Lebanon are currently wishing each other “Ramadan Kareem,” which means “have a generous Ramadan.” More than just a well-wished sentiment, the month is…

Lebanon to Host Int’l Quran Competition

SHAFAQNA - According to Lebanon24.com website, Quran activists from different Arab and Muslim countries are expected to take part in the contest. It will be jointly organized by the Dar al-Ifta of Lebanon and the “Resolve and Salvation”…

Lebanese Prime Minister Hariri rescinds resignation

SHAFAQNA - Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri rescinded his resignation on Tuesday and said all members of the government had agreed to stay out of conflicts in Arab countries. Hariri quit his job in a broadcast from Saudi Arabia a month…

Hariri to fly to Paris within 48 hours

SHAFAQNA - Lebanon’s Saad al-Hariri is expected to leave Saudi Arabia for France within 48 hours, before flying home to Beirut to officially submit his resignation as Lebanese prime minister, a source close to Hariri told Reuters on Thursday. Hariri…

Saudi Detainment of Hariri Hostile Act against Lebanon: President Aoun

SHAFAQNA- For the first time in twelve days, Lebanese President Michel Aoun said it frankly: Premier Saad Hariri is held by Saudi authorities in Riyadh. The Lebanese President on Wednesday, described the move as a hostile act against Lebanon,…

Saad Hariri says he will return to Lebanon in next two days

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SHAFAQNA - Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri says he will return to Lebanon in the next two days, after his surprise resignation in Saudi Arabia created a shockwave in Lebanon’s political scene. Hariri announced the news in a Twitter message…

Disgraced Lebanon PM Hariri's Interview Feeds Perception of Saudi Captivity, Pressure

SHAFAQNA - Lebanon's President Aoun said the interview was a Saudi move to sow "confusion, and we cannot take it as true or made by Hariri's own free will." By any standard imaginable, Lebanese (ex-)Prime Minister Saad Hariri's Sunday…

Lebanon to complain to UN over Israel's violation of its airspace

SHAFAQNA - Lebanon has declared it will lodge a complaint with the UN Security Council against Israel for violating the Lebanese airspace. Lebanon’s foreign minister is to address the Security Council in a protest over the issue. Israeli…

Lebanese cleric urges unity of Muslims, Christians against Takfirists

SHAFAQNA - Senior Lebanese cleric has slammed Takfiri terrorists as the enemy of humanity calling Muslims and Christians to confront them in a joint front. Grand Ayatollah Abdul Amir Qabalan, head of the Supreme Lebanese Shia Parliament, denounced…

Lebanese activists aim to block ‘extremist’ preacher Zakir Naik

SHAFAQNA - Activists in Lebanon have launched a campaign to ban Indian preacher Zakir Naik from entering the country, saying his extremist views do not belong in Lebanon. Naik, who is believed to have become a Saudi citizen last month,…

PM Hariri: Israel wants new war against Lebanon

SHAFAQNA - Lebanese Prime Minister Sa’ad Hariri says recent Israeli actions have indicated a desire for a new conflict after Tel Aviv unveiled the latest addition to its missile system. In an interview with France24 TV station after arriving…

Nativity scenes in Lebanon show harmony between Christians and Muslims

SHAFAQNA - Nativity scenes in public places in Lebanon demonstrate the harmony between Christians and Muslims living in the country. Even though war and persecution plague the Middle East, Lebanon manages to remain a peaceful island of co-habitation…

Church, mosque stand next to each other in Beirut

SHAFAQNA - The new bell tower of the 19th century Saint George Cathedral is Beirut’s tallest at 72m (236ft) – the same height as the four minarets of the Mohammad al-Amin mosque that has dominated the city skyline since it was built over…

Lebanese footballer martyred in Aleppo

SHAFAQNA- A professional Lebanese footballer has died fighting against opposition forces in Aleppo province.  Kassem Shamkha, who was just 19 years old, was killed on Thursday while repelling a rebel assault northwest of Aleppo city. Shamkha…

Lebanon lawmakers elect Michel Aoun as president

SHAFAQNA - Lebanon finally has a new president. Lawmakers have thrown their support behind Michel Aoun, a strong Hezbollah ally, to fill the country's long-vacant presidency. The parliament convened at noon (1000 GMT) Monday for the voting…

Lebanon Church leader tells Shafaqna "Middle East needs Christians and Muslims"

SHAFAQNA - The head of Lebanon's Maronite Church, Cardinal Bechara Rai, has issued a call for unity between Christians and Muslims and urged members of parliament to break the deadlock and choose a president for the troubled country, where…

No school for Syrian refugees in lebanon

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SHAFAQNA - More than half of the nearly 500,000 school-age Syrian children registered in Lebanon are not enrolled in formal education. Although Lebanon, which is hosting 1.1 million registered Syrian refugees, has allowed Syrian children to…