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Drones and 3D tech recreate Middle East's war-torn heritage sites

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SHAFAQNA- Iconem - A French start-up is using drones and 3D technology to recreate digital reconstructions of cultural and historical sites destroyed by conflict in the Middle East. Hundreds of thousands of photographs of at-risk or destroyed…
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Beijing is launching a mini-Marshall Plan for the Middle East

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SHAFAQNA- As President Xi Jinping impels China to take a more active role internationally, the Middle East is becoming one of its key staging grounds. Beijing is launching a mini-Marshall Plan for the Middle East and North Africa. China and…

Saudi Arabia is facing political and economic isolation over Khashoggi’s fate

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SHAFAQNA- The fate of missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, assuming that his disappearance was the work of Saudi security and military officials, threatens to upend the fundaments of fault lines in the Middle East. There has been cold…

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…

'Arab NATO' is A Destructive Plan for Arab Countries

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SHAFAQNA- US President Donald Trump will split Arab countries with an effort to make a new coalition, Raialyoum newspaper wrote in an analysis of US plan to make an ‘Arab NATO’ in the Middle East. Arabian author and analyst Abdel Bari…

Rouhani in UNGA: the US wants to make useless every international institutions

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SHAFAQNA- HASSAN ROUHANI, President of Iran speaks sixth at the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday. Iranian President said the US wants to make useless every international institutions. While it is retreated from the…

Syria’s War for Peace

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SHAFAQNA- There is a great deal of discussion about saving civilian lives in Syria, as there should be. Missing from the discussion, however, is the most important point. If Western policymakers were genuinely concerned about saving civilians,…

JCPOA and the future of international relations

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SHAFAQNA- Donald Trump unilaterally withdrew from the Iran nuclear deal in May. The US withdrawal from the nuclear deal struck between Iran and main powers is “doomed” to significantly have an effect on peace and safety within the Center…

You need to try Egyptian halal street-food startups now

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SHAFAQNA - My Salaam | by Ahmed Gabr: In the Middle East and Africa region, Egypt is the second only to Saudi Arabia  for consumer spending on eating out, with almost 12 per cent of the total value of the food-and-beverage industry in 2016.…

Islamophobia in American high school Textbooks

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SHAFAQNA - Most Americans’ exposure to the Middle East and Islam starts with what they learn in high school history class. American history textbooks similarly tend to degrade Arabs and Muslims by situating them as foreign and antithetical…

Muslims at haj criticized Arab disunity for relocation of US embassy to Jerusalem

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SHAFAQNA- The Muslims at the Annual hajj blamed Arab disunity for failing to block President Donald Trump’s decision to relocation of U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. In December 2017, Trump called Jerusalem the capital of Israel…

Arab nations invest more on US homes

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SHAFAQNA- While International investment, in both the national real estate market and New York City specifically, has been on the decline this year, there are more investment from Saudi Arabia because of their better relationship with Trump. Despite…

The US-China Trade War will have implication in The Middle East

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SHAFAQNA: Beijing has ramped up engagement in the Middle East in recent years as Arab nations play an important role in Xi’s signature Belt and Road foreign policy plan. Based on this issue, trade war between two of the world's largest economies, …

IMF warns of wider unrest across the Middle East due to job crisis

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SHAFAQNA - The International Monetary Fund has warned of unemployment crisis among young people in The Middle East and North Africa risks fuelling wider unrest across the region, so countries in the region must accelerate economic reforms to…

Water crisis in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA)

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SHAFAQNA - The Middle East and North Africa has become water stressed region in the world because it owns hottest and driest weather on earth and water withdrawals in some countries are more than the amount naturally available. Hence it faces…

UK Minister for the Middle East to visit the US and Saudi Arabia

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SHAFAQNA- UK Minister for the Middle East and North Africa Alistair Burt payed a four day visit to Washington (12th-13th July) and Riyadh (14th-15th July). During his visit to Washington he will meet with senior US policymakers working on…

Pope and Christian leaders gather to pray for peace in the Middle East

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SHAFAQNA- As war continues to threaten the Middle East, Pope Francis traveled to the southern Italian Adriatic port city of Bari, and dialogue with leaders of Catholic and Orthodox Christians and invites them to pray for peace in the Middle…

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…

Sale of France arms to the Middle East doubled

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SHAFAQNA - According to a government report, French arms sales to the Middle East doubled in 2017, despite pressure from lawmakers and rights groups on President Emmanuel Macron to prevent weapons from entering the countries conducting a bloody…

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…

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…

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…

International Crisis Group's analysis on Middle East’s Coming War

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SHAFAQNA - Regional rivalries and heighten the risk of open conflict among the Middle East's dominant players maybe will devolve into yet another war in the region involving regional and global powers like the United States. The Belgium-based International…

Egypt to construct Middle East’s largest petrochemical complex

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SHAFAQNA - Egypt government said to sign a deal to build the largest petrochemical complex in the Middle East , worth $11 billion. Head of the General Authority for Suez Canal Economic Zone (SCZone) Mohab Mamish (representing the government)…

Abu Dhabi known as smartest city in the Middle East

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SHAFAQNA- Abu Dhabi has been ranked first on Smart Cities list in Africa and the Middle East According to the McKinsey Global Institute. The study looked at how cities all over the world use technology to increase the quality of life across…

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)…

The Political Impact of Social Media on the Middle East

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SHAFAQNA - Social media as a political tool came of age in the Middle East well before it was a major contender in American politics. When the Arab Spring erupted in 2011, the U.S. was still years away from maintaining an official Twitter account…

UK Christian charity: Stop stereotyping Christians in the Middle East as victim

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SHAFAQNA - UK Christian charity Embrace the Middle East is calling for Christians in the region to be celebrated instead of stereotyped as victims. The charity says labelling the believers in the region this way is both unhelpful and degrading. Explaining…