Cancer gene test 'would save lives'

SHAFAQNA - Younger bowel cancer patients should be offered a genetic test to screen for a rare condition linked to a higher risk of further cancers, say researchers. Genetic screening of tumours would save lives and would be cost-effective for…

Haram Music

SHAFAQNA - (Shia International News Association) - The Grand Ayatollah Sistani answered some questions regarding Music. According to Shafaqna the questions and answers are as follows: Question: Just as many questions are asked about halal and…

North America´s first Islamic art museum to open in Toronto

SHAFAQNA (Shia International News Association) A shiny new Islamic art museum and cultural center will open in Toronto next week, becoming the first of its kind in North America. Bankrolled by Prince Karim Aga Khan, the spiritual leader of Ismaili…

Matters forbidden within the Haram

SHAFAQNA - (Shia International News Association) - Matters forbidden for a pligrim, in a state of ihram, have now been covered. We now proceed to deal with the matters forbidden to the pilgrim and the native: First: Hunting in the Haram is forbidden…

Guardian/Ebola outbreak: Australia will not send health workers to west Africa

SHAFAQNA (Shia International News Association) Australia will not send health workers to west Africa’s Ebola outbreak zones because there’s no way to get them home safely if they catch the disease. Médecins Sans Frontières and World Health…

Wealth of world’s billionaires: $7.3trn

SHAFAQNA (Shia International News Association) THE wealth of the world’s billionaires now stands at $7.3 trillion, an increase of 12pc from last year, according to a new report released September 18 by Wealth-X and UBS. There are a record…

Nadal returns in style, Djokovic wins in China

SHAFAQNA (Shia International News Association) Rafael Nadal made an emphatic return to singles competition Tuesday after being sidelined for three months, sweeping aside Richard Gasquet of France in the $5.4 million China Open. The 14-times…

Global warming linked to several extreme weather events

SHAFAQNA (Shia International News Association) Scientists looking at 16 cases of wild weather around the world last year see the fingerprints of man-made global warming on more than half of them. Researchers found that climate change increased…

Pakistan eyes tension-free, strong relationship with Afghan new gov't

Muhammad Tahir SHAFAQNA (Shia International News Association) Pakistani leaders are hopeful to develop good neighborly relations with the new Afghan government as the years of tensions have proved unhelpful to effectively counter serious security…

What does the US-Afghan security deal mean for bilateral ties?

SHAFAQNA (Shia International News Association) Afghanistan's new government has signed a long-delayed security deal with the US allowing Washington to leave some troops beyond 2014. Analyst Scott Smith speaks to DW about the implications of…

U.S.-Afghanistan Bilateral Security Agreement, Fact Sheet

SHAFAQNA (Shia International News Association) On May 2, 2012, the United States and Afghanistan signed the Enduring Strategic Partnership Agreement between the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and the United States of America, a 10-year strategic…

Online abuse of women in Pakistan turns into real-world violence

SHAFAQNA (Shia International News Association) Internet abuse of women in Pakistan is triggering real world violence against them, but large social media companies, such as Facebook and Twitter, are moving too slowly to stop it, internet rights…

After Waziristan

Shahab Jaffery SHAFAQNA (Shia International News Association) Journalists knew independent coverage of Zarb-e-Azb was out of the question, not just because of the logistics. And so far the army has not opted for the ‘embedded journalist’…

Where is the PML-N’s narrative?

SHAFAQNA (Shia International News Association) Things have changed a lot during the last couple of months. More changes are in the offing. Yet the PML-N leadership likes to keep its head buried in the sand. The policy can only aggravate the…

Would someone please cry for Karzai?

Asad Rahim Khan SHAFAQNA (Shia International News Association) Sharper than the serpent’s tooth, goes the saying, is a thankless child. As Hamid Karzai howled to the heavens one last time, taking names and seeking redemption, the world shrugged.…

Need for Civil Service reforms

Shahid Kardar SHAFAQNA (Shia International News Association) THE attention to civil service reform stems from the pressure of the wage bill on the fiscal health of the government. The public sector is overstaffed and overextended. It is performing…

Libya Dawn militia group rejects UN call for ceasefire

The only way to end the conflict in Libya is to disarm our rival groups and arrest their leaders, reads the statement by Libya Dawn or Fajr Libya, which was issued on the group’s Facebook page on Tuesday. SHAFAQNA - A major militia group in…

Obama reconsiders attacking Assad

An ISIL-linked terrorist group, calling itself Jund al-Khalifah, seized Gourdel on September 21, when the 55-year-old mountain guide was trekking in a national park in eastern Algeria. This just weeks after the US public was told that ISIS was…

Algeria identifies suspects in Frenchman’s beheading

An ISIL-linked terrorist group, calling itself Jund al-Khalifah, seized Gourdel on September 21, when the 55-year-old mountain guide was trekking in a national park in eastern Algeria. SHAFAQNA – Algerian Justice Minister Tayeb Louh says the…

Amnesty raps EU for failing to rescue migrants

According to a report released by the international rights group on Tuesday, although a year has passed since the Lampedusa shipwreck claimed over 500 lives, the number of deaths at sea continues to rise. SHAFAQNA – Amnesty International (AI)…

US plans to deploy 2,300 Marines to Middle East

SHAFAQNA – The Pentagon has announced that it plans to deploy 2,300 Marines to the Middle East to quickly respond to crises in the conflict-ridden region. Pentagon spokesman Rear Admiral John Kirby told reporters on Tuesday the United States…

Many countries willing to purchase Iran’s gas

With the preparation of the ground in coming years, European countries will demand Iran’s gas and the country should be prepared for active presence at international scene, the official noted. SHAFAQNA – Sanandaj– Managing Director of…

Refineries obliged to produce Euro 4 fuel

SHAFAQNA – Tehran – Managing Director of the National Iranian Oil Refining and Distribution Company (NIORDC) says environment protection is a must, adding that if refineries fail to produce their products on the basis of Euro 4 standard,…

First Ebola case diagnosed on US soil

On Monday, officials with the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas said an unnamed patient was being tested for the virus and had been placed in isolation. SHAFAQNA – The first case of the deadly Ebola virus diagnosed on US soil has…

Iran wants impediments to expansion of ties with Europe, West lifted: Zarif

Zarif told Sean Barrett, the speaker of Ireland's House of Representatives "Of course, it depends on the will of the either side". SHAFAQNA – Tehran – Foreign Minister Mohammad-Javad Zarif said on Tuesday that Iran wants impediments to expansion…

British values will prevail over extremists: Theresa May

SHAFAQNA - A future Conservative government would seek new powers to ban extremist groups and curb the activities of "harmful" individuals, Theresa May has said. Banning orders and "extreme disruption" orders will feature in the party's 2015…

RAF jets strike first IS targets in Iraq

The Ministry of Defence said the attacks were in support of Kurdish units in the north-west of the country. SHAFAQNA - RAF jets have carried out their first strikes on Islamic State targets in Iraq, attacking a "heavy weapon position" and an…

Heavy fighting on Iraq-Syria border: Islamic State crisis

Iraqi Kurdish troops are said to have recaptured the town of Rabia, but suffered heavy casualties SHAFAQNA - Heavy fighting is reported on both sides of a key border crossing between Iraq and Syria where Kurdish forces are battling Islamic State…