cnn.com/ New Air Force One will carry a powerful legacy

SHAFAQNA (International Shia News Association) Thousands of people are living in makeshift camps in Calais hoping that one day they will make it to the UK. Many once had good jobs - but fleeing from war and persecution most now have no money,…

BBC.com/ The huddled masses besieging Fortress Calais

SHAFAQNA (International Shia News Association) Thousands of people are living in makeshift camps in Calais hoping that one day they will make it to the UK. Many once had good jobs - but fleeing from war and persecution most now have no money,…

BBC.com/ The huddled masses besieging Fortress Calais

SHAFAQNA (International Shia News Association) Thousands of people are living in makeshift camps in Calais hoping that one day they will make it to the UK. Many once had good jobs - but fleeing from war and persecution most now have no money,…

Reuters.com/ Ukraine peace talks collapse, Kiev and separatists trade blame

SHAFAQNA (International Shia News Association) Peace talks on Ukraine collapsed on Saturday after just over four hours with no tangible progress towards a new ceasefire but with Ukraine's representative and separatist envoys angrily accusing…

reuters.com/ U.S. general says Syrian town of Kobani taken from Islamic State

SHAFAQNA (International Shia News Association) Kurdish ground forces, helped by U.S. and allied air support, have retaken the Syrian town of Kobani from Islamic State militants, U.S. Lieutenant-General James Terry said on Saturday. Supporting…

BBC.com/ Spain rally: Podemos holds Madrid mass 'March for Change'

SHAFAQNA (International Shia News Association) Tens of thousands of people have massed in central Madrid for a rally organised by radical Spanish leftists Podemos. The "March for Change" is one of the party's first outdoor mass rallies, as it…

BBC.com/ Two Eagles gas balloon completes record Pacific crossing

SHAFAQNA (International Shia News Association) Two pilots in a helium balloon have completed their crossing of the Pacific with a sea-landing off Mexico, setting new milestones on a six-day trip. American Troy Bradley and Russian Leonid Tiukhtyaev…

"We believe Israeli settlements are illegitimate": US Official

SHAFAQNA – State Department says settlements will have detrimental effects, inflame already heightened tensions with Palestinians and further isolate Israel internationally Israel's approval for the construction of new settlements in the…

Japanese journalist beheaded, ISIL claims

SHAFAQNA – The ISIL claims to have beheaded Japanese freelance journalist Kenji Goto held captive by the Takfiri group. The group released a video on Saturday purportedly showing Goto’s decapitation. The footage shows Goto kneeling, dressed…

No end to Sectarian violence: Shafaqna Exclusive

SHAFAQNA- The suicide blast at an imambargah in Shikarpur, which has so far killed 60 persons and injured several more, is part of a concerted violent campaign against the Shia community of Pakistan but it remains to be openly recognized as…

Australia wins the Asian Cup 2015

SHAFAQNA (Shia International News Association) - Australia managed to beat South Korea 2-1 after extra time in the final in front of 80000 spectators in Sydney to win Asian Cup 2015. This is the first time that Australia hosts and wins the Asian…

UN Secretary General condemned deadly bomb attack on Shia Mosque in Pakistan

SHAFAQNA (Shia International News Association) - A statement issued by the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon in New York, said: “The secretary-general is appalled by such vicious targeting of people on account of their religious…

French Muslims restricted in name of free speech

SHAFAQNA – France has unveiled and launched new propaganda with a new video campaign to deter would be fighters. The video was posted on a new web site with information for parents worried their children could join the fighting, including…

"Stop the Counter Terrorism and Security (CTS) Bill campaign" by UK Muslims

SHAFAQNA (International Shia News Agency) – Joining forces against the Counter-terrorism bill, a galaxy of Muslims activists from different ethnic and professional backgrounds have launched a campaign against the measures that have been introduced…

'World Hijab Day 1st February 2015'

SHAFAQNA (International Shia News Agency) – Excited by last two year's success of the event, the 'World Hijab Day' organizers expect participation of over 10 million Muslims and non-Muslims worldwide to join on February 10, 2015 to express…

Euro zone prices fall at record-equalling pace in January

SHAFAQNA - Euro zone consumer prices fell at a record-equalling pace in January, more steeply than expected and supporting the backers of the European Central Bank's money-printing plan to combat sustained deflation. The European statistics…

Oil rallies on U.S. rig count drop; dollar up seventh month

SHAFAQNA - Oil prices rallied on Friday following the sharpest weekly drop in U.S. oil rig count in nearly 30 years, while the dollar index ended January with its longest run of gains since the greenback was floated in 1971. U.S. stocks finished…

AP.org/ Bomb blast at Shia Muslim mosque in Pakistan kills 56

SHAFAQNA - A bomb blast ripped through a Shiite mosque in southern Pakistan as worshippers gathered for Friday prayers, killing at least 56 people and wounding dozens more, in the deadliest act of anti-Shiite violence in two years. The attack…

AFP.com/ Civilians killed in Philippines anti-terror raid

SHAFAQNA - An eight-year-old girl and three men -- one with his hands bound -- were among those killed in a botched anti-terror police operation in the Philippines last weekend, a local official said Saturday. Mamasapano town mayor Benzar Ampatuan…

Ukraine, rebels gather for peace talks as fighting rages in east

SHAFAQNA - A new round of peace talks were about to start on the Ukraine crisis on Saturday, even as fighting between Kiev government forces and pro-Russian separatists raged in the east, claiming civilian and military lives. A Reuters reporter…

Japan says hostage negotiations with militants 'deadlocked'

SHAFAQNA - Efforts by Japan and Jordan to secure the release of two of their nationals held captive by Islamic State militants remain "deadlocked" and the situation remains highly unpredictable, Japanese officials said. Militants had threatened…

Surah Al-Baqarah ( Verses 63-74 ) interpretation by Allameh Tababaei

SHAFAQNA (International Shia News Agency) – وَإِذْ أَخَذْنَا مِيثَاقَكُمْ وَرَفَعْنَا فَوْقَكُمُ الطُّورَ خُذُواْ مَا آتَيْنَاكُم بِقُوَّةٍ وَاذْكُرُواْ…

Anti-euro German AfD party aims to end leadership dispute

SHAFAQNA - The founder of the eurosceptic Alternative for Germany party that has been siphoning votes from Angela Merkel's conservatives urged an AfD congress on Saturday to stop making itself look foolish and choose a single leader. Bernd Lucke…

AFP.com/ 35 arrests in Vienna as far-right ball demos held

SHAFAQNA - Police in Vienna arrested more than 30 people as thousands protested against a ball organised by far-right groups and politicians. Several thousand people flooded into central Vienna to denounce the "Akademikerball" ("Academics' Ball")…

Surah Al-Baqarah ( Verse 62) interpretation by Allameh Tababaei

SHAFAQNA (International Shia News Agency) – إِنَّ الَّذِينَ آمَنُواْ وَالَّذِينَ هَادُواْ وَالنَّصَارَى وَالصَّابِئِينَ مَنْ آمَنَ بِاللَّهِ وَالْيَوْمِ…

AFP.com/ Spanish anti-austerity party stages mass rally after Syriza win

SHAFAQNA - Thousands of people are expected to take to the streets in Madrid on Saturday in support of a call for change from anti-austerity party Podemos, a week after Greece elected its ally Syriza. The "March for Change" gets under way at…

Ukraine, rebels gather for peace talks as fighting rages in east

SHAFAQNA - A new round of peace talks were about to start on the Ukraine crisis on Saturday, even as fighting between Kiev government forces and pro-Russian separatists raged in the east, claiming civilian and military lives. A Reuters reporter…

AP.org/ US mulls Middle East-North Africa category for 2020 census

SHAFAQNA - The federal government is considering allowing those of Middle Eastern and North African descent to identify as such on the next 10-year census, which could give Arab-Americans and other affected groups greater political clout and…