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Syria and Iran on Trump-Putin talks in Helsinki

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SHAFAQNA - Donald Trump met one-on-one with Russia's Vladimir Putin behind closed doors on Monday in Helsinki. Both leaders expressed confidence that Russia and the United States were entering a period of better relations and cooperation on…

Arab public have pessimistic attitude towards Trump's foreign policy

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SHAFAQNA - The Arab Centre for Research and Policy Studies in Doha, Qatar released the results of a public opinion poll that showed Arab public pessimism towards US foreign policy in the region, specifically on the question of Palestine, as…

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…

Shia Rights Watch: 2,805 incidents of anti-Shiism in the first half of 2018

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SHAFAQNA - Shia Rights Watch: The first half of 2018 saw 2,805 incidents of anti-Shiism take place in over a dozen countries. Anti-Shiism is extended to June, and compared to May, the number of people killed and wounded has almost tripled.…

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…

The world is facing a real humanitarian crisis in southern Syria

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SHAFAQNA - United Nations says number of displaced in south-west Syria has reached 270,000. The number of people forced to flee their homes as a result of the two week escalation in fighting .The world is facing a real humanitarian crisis…

UN demand immediate end to military operations in Southwest Syria

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SHAFAQNA - The Spokesman for UN Secretary‑General António Guterres late Friday Called for an immediate stop of military operations in south‑western Syria and its devastating toll on civilians. Noting that the southwest area of Syria…

Washington told Syrian rebels it won’t intervene in southern Syria

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SHAFAQNA - The United States has told Syrian rebel factions “You're on your own” and should not expect military support to assist them resist a major government offensive to regain strategic area of southern Syria bordering Jordan and the…

Damascus urges Iraq to reopen border crossing with Syria

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SHAFAQNA - Iraqi News | by Nehal Mostafa: The Iraqi Foreign Minister has received a message from his Syrian counterpart over intensifying efforts to re-open the border crossing between the two countries from west of Anbar in Iraq and al-Bu…

In Saudi Arabia, Public Opinion about Israel Is Shifting

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SHAFAQNA - Mosaic Magazine : While the growing cooperation between [Tel Aviv] and Riyadh, especially regarding the threat to both posed by Iran, is hardly a secret, it has generally stayed out of public view and has not been reflected in popular…

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…

Seven Shia Muslims martyred while defending in Syria

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SHAFAQNA - Abna24 : Seven people martyred including one civilian, and two other civilians were injured in terrorist attacks with sniper and macinegun fire on the terrorist-besieged Shiite towns of al-Fouaa and Kefraya in northern countryside…

Rouhani-Putin emphasis on successful cooperation in Syrian conflict

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SHAFAQNA - Despite Israeli claims about rising tensions between Iran and Russia in Syria, the Presidents of these two nations talked about their successful cooperation in Syrian conflict. President Vladimir Putin noted specific results of the…

Syrians return home to spend Ramadan holiday

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SHAFAQNA - Anadolu Agency | by Handan Kazanci: 39,000 Syrians have already returned to liberated areas in Syria, says Turkish migration official.   Thousands of Syrian refugees are returning to their home country for the Ramadan holiday…

Syria - 80% of Raqqa's buildings destroyed says the UN

SHAFAQNA - The United Nations confirmed that Raqqa city is living in tragic conditions, noting that 70 to 80 % of its buildings were devastated. “The UN assessment mission visited Raqqa city on April 1 to assess the humanitarian situation…

Mass Grave Uncovered in Syria’s Raqqah

SHAFAQNA - A mass grave containing around 50 bodies was uncovered in the northern Syrian city of Raqqah which was held by the Daesh (ISIL or ISIS) terror group and regarded as its so-called capital. The graves located under a football pitch…

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…

Anti war demonstration in London

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SHAFAQNA- The anti war groups had a demonstration against Western airstrike on Syria in front of the UK Parliament, today. Acording Shafaqna's reporter, they said: We strongly condemn the missile attacks on Syria last week which will have…

Protest in San Francisco against aIrstrikes in Syria

SHAFAQNA - Hundreds of anti-war protesters gathered in San Francisco Saturday to protest the recent U.S. military airstrikes against Syria. “Stop the bombing,” was one of the many chants that were heard during the protests. The group…

Protest in London / Trump & May - No More Bombs on Syria

SHAFAQNA- The largest anti war group ( Stop the war coalition ) handed a letter signed by MP's, trade unionists, celebrities and academics to No.10 to urge Theresa May to refrain from joining Donald Trump in escalating the war in Syria. At…

Russian Orthodox Church’s Patriarch Kirill discusses Syria with Pope Francis

SHAFAQNA - Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and all Russia has discussed US-led airstrikes on Syria with Pope Francis in a phone conversation, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church told reporters on Saturday. “We have come forward with this initiative…

US, UK, France targeted Syria with 110 missiles: Syrian Comdr

SHAFAQNA - The General Command of the Syrian Army and Armed Forces stressed Saturday that most of the missiles fired by the US, Britain and France tripartite aggression on Syrian targets in Damascus and outside it were shot down. The General…

IDPs return to East Ghouta - Syria

SHAFAQNA - Thousands of civilians returned homes in the villages and towns of eastern Ghouta in Damascus countryside after the Syrian Army restored security and stability to them and eradicated the Takfiri terrorist organizations from them. A…

Syria, Yemen, Myanmar in Focus at Fajr Broken Olive Branches 2018

SHAFAQNA - Fajr International Film Festival has announced the number of top movies playing in the 2018 Broken Olive Branches section. The section will screen more than 10 feature films, and the conflicts in Syria, Yemen and Myanmar are the…

Erdogan: We will nip US-backed 'terror army' at Syria/Turkey border

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SHAFAQNA- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has warned the United States over its support for the creation of a 30,000-strong “terror army” on the country’s southern borders with Syria, vowing to crush the force before it was…

Little Santas flock onto Aleppo streets at Christmas, 1 year after liberation

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SHAFAQNA - Dozens of children dressed in red-and-white Santa Claus costumes danced around a fir tree as Christians in Syria’s Aleppo celebrated Christmas, a scene unimaginable a year ago under Islamist occupation. Two-thirds of Aleppo’s…

8th round of Syria peace talks kicks off in Kazakh capital

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SHAFAQNA - The eighth round of Syria peace talks backed by Turkey, Russia and Iran kicked off in Kazakhstan's capital Astana on Thursday. Astana hosts another two-day meeting attended by representatives from Russia, Turkey and Iran, which…