Fresh clashes break out in Honk Kong

SHAFAQNA (Shia International News Association)- Clashes have broken out between police forces and anti-election law protesters in a fresh escalation of tensions in Honk Kong. Security forces, armed with pepper spray, batons, and riot shields,…

18 Taliban militants killed by Afghan forces

SHAFAQNA (Shia International News Association)- National security forces backed by army troopers in Afghanistan have killed 18 Taliban militants and detained four others during separate cleanup operations across the war-wracked country. The…

Doha to Host the 6th Symposium on Islamic Art and Culture

SHAFAQNA- The sixth Biennial Symposium on Islamic Art and Culture is going to be held on November 7-9, 2015 in Doha, Qatar. Titled By the Pen and What They Write: Writing in Islamic Art and Culture, the symposium will feature original presentations…

41 people sick of gas leakage in India

SHAFAQNA (Shia International News Association)- At least 41 people have fallen sick after a chlorine gas leak from a preservative factory in India’s central city of Bhopal. Workers at the factory and nearby units complained of breathlessness…

Al-Akhbar.com/ Wahhabism at the heart of the controversy

SHAFAQNA- Within the narrow margin of freedom of expression in the Saudi press, whose scope may vary and/or completely disappear according to internal or external political circumstances, writers are often forced to adapt to the general atmosphere…

Dentsu announces '2014 Hit Products in Japan'

SHAFAQNA- Advertising giant Dentsu Inc has released its “2014 Hit Products in Japan” report. Produced as part of a series that has been chronicling hit products since 1985, the latest report examines major trends that represented the consumer…

Australian Imams denounce domestic violence

SHAFAQNA- An Islamic initiative to denounce domestic violence during Friday’s sermons at Australian mosques has been praised by Muslim women groups, considering the move a “good start” to tackle the problem in the Muslim community. “It’s…

400 people killed in Libya over 6 weeks clashes

SHAFAQNA (Shia International News Association)- More than 400 people have been killed over the last six weeks of heavy clashes between Libyan pro-government troops and militants, medical staff say. An unnamed source from a hospital in the Libyan…

Boko Haram militants attack Christian town in Nigeria

SHAFAQNA (Shia International News Association)- Suspected Boko Haram militants in Nigeria have raided a mostly Christian town in the country’s northeast, killing an unknown number of people, military sources say. Although residents say scores…

PressTV/ Seven female students injured in Egypt protests

SHAFAQNA (Shia International News Association)- At least seven female students have been injured in Egypt as police forces continue to crack down on the demonstrators condemning a court’s decision to drop charges against former dictator,…

Nigeria Muslim community accuses government of failure to protect citizens

SHAFAQNA (Shia International News Association)- Nigeria’s top Islamic body has accused the government of failure to protect citizens from attacks by Takfiri extremists, urging people to defend themselves under law. The Jama'atu Nasri Islam…

PressTV/ 26 Brotherhood figures jailed for contempt of court

SHAFAQNA (Shia International News Association)- An Egyptian court has sentenced Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohamed Badie and 25 others to three years in prison for contempt of court. The court made the ruling on Sunday during his trial along…

UN: More than 2mn Iraqis internally displaced by conflict

SHAFAQNA (Shia International News Association)- The number of Iraqi people displaced as a result of domestic conflict in the country has exceeded 2.1 million, many of whom are now more vulnerable as winter draws near, the UN says. "The lack…

PressTV/ Turkish MP urges probe into ISIL attack

SHAFAQNA (Shia International News Association)- A pro-Kurdish lawmaker has called for a state investigation into claims that ISIL Takfiri militants have used Turkish soil to carry out an attack on the Syrian border city of Kobani. People’s…

NGO: Israel arrested 549 Palestinians in November

SHAFAQNA (Shia International News Association)- Israel arrested as many as 549 Palestinians from East al-Quds (Jerusalem) and the occupied West Bank in November, a Palestinian NGO says. The highest number of arrests was made in East al-Quds…

Mehrnews/ Iran marks Intl. day of solidarity with Palestinian people

SHAFAQNA (Shia International News Association)- Iran’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs released a statement on this occasion and stressed that Israel is the source of insecurity in the world. The International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian…

BBC.com/ US Black Friday quieter as bargains spread over two days

SHAFAQNA (International Shia News Association) The traditional scrum of sharp elbows was notably less intense on Black Friday in the US this year. The crowds, gathering at the US's big shopping centres, appeared to have exhausted some of their…

BBC.com/ Kabul police chief quits amid rising militant violence

SHAFAQNA (International Shia News Association) Kabul's police chief has resigned, following a surge in attacks by Afghan militants on foreigners in the city over the past two weeks. General Zahir Zahir gave no reason for his resignation, his…

CNN.com/ How China has fallen in love with private education

SHAFAQNA (International Shia News Association) In China it's known as gaokao -- the college entrance exams -- and for most young people it dictates the course of a life. A good score in the gaokao will open the doors to the country's most…

CNN.com/ Nigerian mosque attack death toll climbs over 100, scores more hurt

SHAFAQNA (International Shia News Association) At least 120 people were killed and 270 others wounded on Friday when two suicide bombers blew themselves up and gunmen opened fire on a Muslim congregation at Friday prayers in the central mosque…

BBC.com/ Colombian General Alzate freed by Farc rebels

SHAFAQNA (International Shia News Association) Farc rebels in Colombia have released a general and two others who were abducted two weeks ago, the president says. Gen Ruben Dario Alzate and the other captives were handed over to a humanitarian…

BBC.com/ Baby's body found buried at Maroubra beach in Sydney

SHAFAQNA (International Shia News Association) Australian police are investigating the death of a baby, whose body was found buried under the sand at Sydney's Maroubra beach. The body, which was discovered by two young boys, was buried under…

BBC.com/ Ecopop referendum: Swiss reject immigration curbs

SHAFAQNA (International Shia News Association) Voters in Switzerland have decisively rejected a proposal to cut net immigration to no more than 0.2% of the population. The country's 26 cantons rejected the proposal, with about 74% of people…

CNN.com/ Taliban attack housing for aid workers; 2 aid workers, 3 insurgents killed

SHAFAQNA (International Shia News Association) Violence raged yet again Saturday in Afghanistan, including a battle at a sprawling military base that British troops gave up last month and an attack on a home for aid workers in Kabul. In the…

CNN.com/ Protesters and police spar in Hong Kong

SHAFAQNA (International Shia News Association) Pro-democracy protesters surrounded government headquarters and briefly blocked a key road near the Chief Executive's office in Hong Kong's Admiralty district on Sunday amid calls for an escalated…

economist.com/ Why so many Koreans are called Kim

SHAFAQNA (International Shia News Association) A SOUTH KOREAN saying claims that a stone thrown from the top of Mount Namsan, in the centre of the capital Seoul, is bound to hit a person with the surname Kim or Lee. One in every five South Koreans…

IRNA.ir/ UN should identify supporters of terrorism in the region

SHAFAQNA (International Shia News Association) Head of Strategic Research at the Expediency Council Ali Akbar Velayati said on Sunday that the United Nations is expected to identify the countries supporting terrorist groups and Daesh in the…

Irna.ir/ Zarif: Harmony, Cooperation, needed in anti-extremism campaign

SHAFAQNA (International Shia News Association) Campaign against the problems with which the region and Islamic world entangle, and especially Israel’s desecration of the Holy Quds and extremism are in need of international harmony and cooperation,…