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U.S. withdrawal from intel. treaties, opportunity for China, Iran: Prof. Backer

SHAFAQNA- Commenting on withdrawal of the Trump’s administration from international treaties including the JCPOA, Prof. Larry Backer says the withdrawals may provide substantial opportunity for China and for regional powers like Iran. According…

Russia: US has wiped Raqqa off the face of earth

SHAFAQNA- Russia on Sunday accused the US-led coalition in Syria of having flattened Raqqa with a Dresden-like bombing campaign and masking the destruction with a rush of humanitarian aid. Russia said the US has wiped the Syrian city…

Saudi warplanes kill 10 Yemeni civilians in Sa’ada, Hajjah provinces

  SHAFAQNA - Saudi warplanes have bombed residential areas in the Sa’ada and Hajjah provinces of Yemen, killing at least 10 civilians, including an entire family. The Saudi air raids, which targeted the city of Ghamr in Sa’ada…

Somalia protests US raid, denounces foreign interference

SHAFAQNA - Thousands of protesters flooded the streets of Mogadishu in defiance of Saturday’s blasts that claimed more than 300 lives. Somalia’s deadliest attacks to date reportedly came in retaliation for a joint raid by the country's…

Across from White House, Muslims and allies protest travel ban

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SHAFAQNA - After a second federal judge ruled this week against the Trump administration’s latest travel ban, protesters gathered across the street from the White House to stand in solidarity with Muslims and refugees. Hundreds of Muslims,…

Being Muslim in the NBA A roundtable of current and former basketball players discuss religion and career

SHAFAQNA - There is a new private room in Madison Square Garden in Manhattan that will be used only on nights the New York Knicks play. It is for Muslim prayer for one of their new players. And there is halal food available for his consumption…

UK’s Labour Party repeats calls for arms ban on Saudi

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      SHAFAQNA - The UK’s Labour Party has renewed calls for a ban on all arms sales to Saudi Arabia, as the kingdom’s brutal military aggression against poverty-stricken Yemen continues. Fabian Hamilton, the shadow…

US provides safe exit for ISIS in Syria’s Raqqa

    SHAFAQNA - ISIS Takfiri terrorists are abandoning Raqqa through a safe exit corridor established by US-backed SDF militias. The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) backed by the US, is an alliance of Kurdish and Arab militias,…

Ayatollah Javadi Amoli slams Trump's recent remarks on Iran

SHAFAQNA - Shia scholar Ayatollah Abdullah Javadi Amoli slammed US president's recent remarks on Iran and JCPOA saying, "Our politicians, our administration, our military forces and Revolutionary guards, every single Iranian citizen support…

Manama continues to enforce Friday Prayers ban In Diraz

    SHAFAQNA - Shiite worshipers in Bahrain’s northwestern village of Diraz were once again confronted with concrete barricades and armored vehicles as Manama continues to enforce its ban on Friday prayers. Diraz is home to…

Is Trump the World’s Most Dangerous Man?

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SHAFAQNA- His words and mannerisms are telling. His deplorable actions explain best. “The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump,” published this week, includes opinions from over two dozen mental health experts. They found “overwhelming…

Bahrain’s eldest prisoner of conscience tells family 'he is going to die'

    SHAFAQNA - The jailed Bahraini rights activist, Mohammed Hassan Jawad Parweez, told his loved ones on Tuesday that he is “going to die”. During a family visit at Bahrain’s notoriously brutal Jaw Prison that lasted…

Turkey urges US to reverse visa halt

SHAFAQNA- Turkey urged the United States on Monday to review its suspension of visa services after the arrest of a US Consulate employee sharply escalated tensions between the two NATO allies and drove Turkey's currency and stocks lower. Relations…

Saudi warplans target Sa’ada with cluster bombs

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    SHAFAQNA - Saudi warplanes on Monday dropped ten cluster bombs on areas in Yemen’s Sa’ada province despite the global outcry against the use of such internationally-banned weapons by the Riyadh-led coalition. The districts…

Anti-Christian Hostility in the US Hasn't Risen, but It Has Changed as Secular Progressives Hold More Wealth

SHAFAQNA - New research examining cultural hostility toward American Christians shows that believers are incorrect to assert that animus toward them has increased. Yet they might be right in their claims that they face more problems such hostility…

Turkey summons US diplomat amid visa dispute

SHAFAQNA- Turkey has summoned the US embassy undersecretary and called for an end to a dispute between the two countries after they suspended visa services in a tit-for-tat fallout between the NATO allies. Philip Kosnett was told that…

Saudi jets kill dozen Yemeni civilians

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    SHAFAQNA - A dozen civilians have lost their lives and several others sustained injuries when Saudi fighter jets targeted a residential area in Yemen's Southwestern province of Ta'izz as the Riyadh regime presses ahead with…

Saudi propagates on Yemen war

    SHAFAQNA - The New York Times inexplicably gives the Saudi ambassador to the UN a platform to recite some propaganda. The third fallacy is the assumption that Yemen is cholera-infested and famine-threatened. Yes, there is…

Saudi Arabia detaines 46 people over posts on social media

    SHAFAQNA - Saudi Arabia has detained 46 people over their posts on social media amid a heavy-handed crackdown on dissent in the Arab kingdom. The official Saudi Press Agency reported on Wednesday that 22 people were arrested…

US defense secretary, 180 congressmen voice support for Iran deal

SHAFAQNA- US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Tuesday the United States should consider staying in the Iran nuclear deal despite suggestions that Donald Trump’s White House may withdraw its support. Although Mattis said he supported…

Syria demands immediate international move against US-led coalition

      SHAFAQNA - The Foreign and Expatriates Ministry of Syria addressed on Thursday new letters to the chiefs of the UN and the international Security Council over the constantly repeated attacks of the US-led coalition…

Psychoanalyst: Trump is ‘depressed’

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SHAFAQNA- A prominent Iranian psychoanalyst says U.S. President Donald Trump is “dangerous” because he has a “lot of power” and is “depressed”. “A person who is depressed and deeply sad can easily use his power as an instrument…

No respect, no justice, no equality in Saudi Arabia

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    SHAFAQNA - A Riyadh University professor, who preferred not be to named, said, "The people of Arabia have no common vision of a nation-state called Arabia - no sense of citizenship. The mosque and the soccer team are about…

European ambassadors to US firmly support JCPOA

SHAFAQNA - The ambassadors from Britain, France, Germany and the European Union to the United States have expressed their countries’ strong support for a landmark international nuclear agreement Iran clinched with the P5+1 group of countries…

Yemen’s Ansarullah mocks Saudi condemnation of Myanmar’s crackdown on Rohingya Muslims

    SHAFAQNA - Yemen’s Houthi Ansarullah movement has mocked Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir's recent condemnation of Myanmar’s deadly crackdown on Rohingya Muslims while the Riyadh regime is itself killing Yemenis. Jubeir…

U.S. Is Not Ready for the End of War in Syria. The White House does Not Want Peace

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SHAFAQNA- It is no secret that the American government has been supporting terrorist groups during the entire Syrian conflict. One of these days, another fact proving this statement was recorded. On September 20, Hayat Tahrir Al-Sham…

US-made bomb kills and maims Yemeni children in deadly strike

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    SHAFAQNA - A bomb that destroyed a residential building in Yemen’s capital last month, killing 16 civilians and injuring 17 more – including a five-year-old girl called Buthaina whose photograph went viral after the strike…

Trump UN speech was foundation for US de facto exit from the JCPOA: Expert

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SHAFAQNA- Professor Nader Entessar from South Alabama University says “What Trump said about the JCPOA during his UN speech had no new element in it.” “He simply repeated the same things he has been saying about the JCPOA ever since…