Iran says US new sanctions violate Geneva deal

SHAFAQNA - In a press conference today, Iran’s FM spokeswoman has criticized the US for imposing new sanctions on individuals and companies on the pretext of breaching Washington’s sanctions against Tehran. The United States has imposed…

Principles of Justice in Islam

SHAFAQNA (International Shia News Agency) – In the Qur'an and the ahadith of the religious leaders, justice is of two kinds: individual and social. Both are highly regarded by the holy religion of Islam. Individual Justice The individual justice…

35 people killed in China ,New Year’s Eve

SHAFAQNA - A deadly stampede has ruined New Year celebrations in Shanghai, killing at least 35 and leaving dozens injured, officials say. The incident occurred just before midnight on Wednesday (1535 GMT), when huge crowds began to stampede…

Respect for the Mosque

SHAFAQNA (International Shia News Agency) – It should be remembered that Allah has termed the Mosques as his homes. Therefore, they are places where people can seek nearness to Allah. Otherwise, Allah is not restricted to any home or place.…

Imam Hasan al-Askari (A.S.),introduced the savior of humanity

SHAFAQNA (International Shia News Agency) – Imam Hassan al-Askari (A.S.) has said: "There are two characteristics, which surpass all others: having faith in Allah, and benefiting one's brothers (in faith)." One of the major responsibilities…

IFJ: 135 Journalists Killed in 2014

SHAFAQNA - Some 118 journalists and media staff were killed in work-related, targeted or cross fire incidents in 2014, an increase of 13 killings from last year, the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) said on Wednesday. According…

Iran wishes peaceful New Year for all nations

SHAFAQNA (Shia International News Association) – Iranian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman, Marzieh Afkham has congratulated Iranian and Christians of the world and wished them a happy and peaceful New Year. She was talking to reporters…

Interperetation of surah Al-Ensan (Verses 1-4)

SHAFAQNA (International Shia News Agency) – بِسمِ اللّهِ الرَّحمنِ الرَّحیمِ* هَلْ أَتى عَلَى الإِنْسانِ حِینٌ مِنَ الدَّهْرِ لَمْ یَکُنْ شَیْئاً مَذْکُوراً…

2015 starts in Australia with celebration fireworks

SHAFAQNA- Fireworks explode over the Opera House and the Harbour Bridge during New Years Eve celebrations in Sydney, Australia, Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015. Thousands of people crammed into Lady Macquaries Chair look-out to see the new year in and…

Reuters.com/ Oil slides, Brent slated for biggest annual drop since 2008

SHAFAQNA -  Oil prices fell on Wednesday as concerns about demand for fuel kept worries about a global supply glut intact. Both Brent and U.S. crude significantly pared losses just before government data showed U.S. crude oil inventories fell…

Youth's issues for Muslims in the West

Shafaqna (International Shia News Agency) - The Grand Ayatollah Sistani answered some questions regarding youth's issues. According to Shafaqna the questions and answers are as follows: Introduction: The influx of devout Muslim youths to non-Muslim…

Iran President: Sanctions strengthened Iran capabilities

SHAFAQNA - Iranian President Hassan Rouhani says sanctions imposed on the country ever since the victory of the Islamic Revolution in 1979, have but increased capabilities of Iran’s Armed Forces. Iran, especially its Armed Forces, was subjected…

Official: Iran hub of stability, security in Middle East

SHAFAQNA - First Vice-President Eshaq Jahangiri said on Wednesday that Iran is the hub of security and stability despite all the hostilities, pressures and the world arrogance violation of the International Law. Jahangiri made clear that lack…

BBC.com/Nasa to hack Mars rover Opportunity to fix 'amnesia' fault

SHAFAQNA (International Shia News Association) Mars rover Opportunity, which has been exploring the Red Planet for more than 10 years, is suffering from memory problems, Nasa has said. The six-wheeled vehicle - not to be confused with Curiosity,…

BBC.com/ Canada Edmonton: Eight killed in 'senseless mass murder'

SHAFAQNA (International Shia News Association) Six adults and two children have been shot dead in the Canadian city of Edmonton as a man carried out what police called a "senseless mass murder" linked to "extreme domestic violence". The gunman…

BBC.com/ US woman accidentally shot dead by son, two, in Idaho Wal-Mart

SHAFAQNA (International Shia News Association) A woman in the US state of Idaho has been killed after her two-year-old son accidentally shot her with a gun he found when reaching into her handbag. The woman, named by the local sheriff's office…

BBC.com/ Court in China issues record pollution fine

SHAFAQNA (International Shia News Association) A high court in China's eastern Jiangsu province has fined six companies 160m yuan (£16.6m; $26m) for polluting rivers, state media report. The Xinhua news agency said the fine was the highest…

No difference between Shias and Sunnis in defencing Iraq:Official

SHAFAQNA - The secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council, has said that the Islamic Republic is religiously duty bound to support the Iraqi people against terrorists and there is no difference between Shias and Sunnis in this endeavor.…

Researchers try to Explain Link between Red Meat and Cancer

SHAFAQNA - A new research states that the presence of a sugar Neu5Gc in red meat could be the main cause behind high risk of cancer associated with consumption of red meat. The researchers have assessed many studies to know the link between…

WHO: Number of Ebola Infection Reaches More Than 20,000

SHAFAQNA - The number of Ebola infection has reached more than 20,000 since the outbreak began early this year, while death toll now stands at 7,842, according to the World Health Organization. Nearly 3,400 people have died from Ebola in Liberiawhile…

Can Microsoft's Windows 10 Oust Google Or Apple?

SHAFAQNA - Although Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) has produced splendid financial reports over the last several years, its persistent attempts to create an appealing ecosystem of products has been far from prosperous. Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) has been…

Apple dominated Christmas for smartphones and tablets this year

SHAFAQNA - Yahoo-owned research firm Flurry has revealed in its latest statistics that Apple's popular mobile devices - the iPhone and the iPad - dominated 2014 holiday-season sales for smartphones and tablets. According to the figures released…

Samsung Updates Ativ Book 9 Ultrabook, Makes It Thinner And Lighter Than MacBook Air

SHAFAQNA - amsung has updated the Ativ Book 9 laptops, making it thinner and lighter than MacBook Air. The brand new 2015 version of Ativ Book 9 laptop computer will be shown off at CES 2015.The update boasts many of the specs that have been…

Pope Francis was a huge story in 2014, but a veteran Vatican reporter says the media got a lot wrong

SHAFAQNA - Among the biggest newsmakers of 2014, Pope Francis stands out. He has singlehandedly revolutionized Roman Catholicism with a series of dramatic reinterpretations of church doctrine on a range of issues, from homosexuals to evolution…

French National Front members expelled over laxative wine ‘prank’

SHAFAQNA - Two activists from France’s far-right National Front have been expelled for putting laxative in wine served to Louis Aliot, a deputy leader and domestic partner of Marine Le Pen, the party chief. Jean-David Eyquem, a former youth…

Reuters.com/ Bosnian indicted over recruiting militants for Syria and Iraq

SHAFAQNA - A Bosnian court indicted a Muslim priest on Wednesday for recruiting people to fight for the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq, using a new law aimed at stopping people traveling to fight alongside militants in the Middle East.…

Regularizing Pakistan Media: Shafaqna Exclusive

SHAFAQNA Pakistan already has rules for reporting acts of terrorism and in June suspended the license of Geo TV for airing comments that accused the country’s spy agency of involvement in an attack on a talk show host. The latest guidance…

Stowaways raise fears of more deaths in Adriatic ferry disaster

SHAFAQNA - Two Albanian seamen were among 13 people confirmed killed in a ferry disaster in the Adriatic Sea, as officials warned the discovery of stowaways on board meant the true death toll could be far higher. Greek and Italian authorities…