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Study finds Does an apple a day really keep the doctor aw

SHAFAQNA- proverbial advice to eat an apple a day first appeared in print in 1866. Nearly 150 years later, a medical journal has used the excuse of April Fool's Day to publish a study that asks - seriously - whether this wisdom really does…

RCMP and Islamic Association working to prevent radicalization in Canada

SHAFAQNA - RCMP say there isn't evidence of radicalization efforts from extremist groups towards the Muslim community in Saskatchewan. But leaders are already taking steps to combat possible radicalization, particularly when it comes to young…

Russian Muslims issues a fatwa against ISIS as ‘enemies of Islam’

SHAFAQNA - A major Russian Muslim group has issued a fatwa against the so-called Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) reviling them as ‘enemies of Islam’ and calling for the punishment of all its members as criminals. The Spiritual Directorate…

Manama court violated Salman’s right for fair trial: Lawyer

SHAFAQNA - A lawyer representing prominent Bahraini opposition leader, Sheikh Ali Salman, says the legal system of the country is violating the renowned cleric's basic right for a fair trial, a sign that the Manama regime is against reconciliation…

Bomb attack on Shia piligrims kills 6 people north of Iraq capital

SHAFAQNA - At least six people, including four Iranians, have reportedly been killed after a bomber targeted a bus carrying Shia pilgrims north of the Iraqi capital, Baghdad. Police on Tuesday confirmed six people were among the dead in a terrorist…

Pakistanis among martyrs of IDPs camp bombed by Saudi-led war coalition

SHAFAQNA - Pakistani Muslims have embraced martyrdom due to an air strike by Saudi-led Wahhabis’ coalition killed dozens of Sunni and Shia Muslims at a camp for internally displaced persons (IDPs) in northwest Yemen on Monday, aid workers…

Pakistan Foreign Policy on Yemen stuck up between Saudi and Iran?

SHAFAQNA - MUHAMMAD AMIR RANA is a well-known expert on terrorism-related affairs and authored books in Urdu on security issues in that background. His latest piece on Dawn website appeared today (Tuesday) Yemen conflict: Neutrality no longer…

Pakistan Foreign Policy on Yemen stuck up between Saudi and Iran?

SHAFAQNA - MUHAMMAD AMIR RANA is a well-known expert on terrorism-related affairs and authored books in Urdu on security issues in that background. His latest piece on Dawn website appeared today (Tuesday) Yemen conflict: Neutrality no longer…

Bahrain: AI calls for leaders release as Alkhalifa aggression intensifies

SHAFAQNA - Under the title “Bahrain: Respect human rights of prisoners and release prisoners of conscience”, Amnesty International issued a Public Statement about Bahrain on 18th March. It said: On the fourth anniversary of the arrests…

Lavrov: Those consciously encouraging violence which exacerbates Shia-Sunni differences will bear enormous responsibility

SHAFAQNA - Russian Foreign Minister said  on Iran nuclear talk " #Lavrov: The talks stand a good chance if none of the parties try to raise the stakes at the last moment. The balance must not be broken"  He added " #Lavrov: Russia’s stance…

Iraq's PM Ebadi declares full liberation of Tikrit from ISIL. Over 30,000 soldiers, volunteers involved.

SHAFAQNA - Iraq's PM Abadi announces the liberation of Tikrit. Iraqi flag has been raised on provincial government building as announced in Aliraqiyah TV .Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said security forces already have retaken neighborhoods…

ICRC says Saudi coalition preventing medical aid in Yemen

SHAFAQNA - International Committee of the Red Cross's Spokeswoman said today (31 March) in Geneva that Saudi coalition are preventing a Red Cross plane to deliver urgent medical aid to Sanaa.

Saudi Foreign Minister: We are ready for war

SHAFAQNA - Alarabia reported that Saud Alfaisal, saudi Foreign Minister said: We are ready for war. He stressed the military operation in Yemen will continue till stability returns to Yemen.

Saudi Arabia and Pakistan hold joint military manoeuvre near Yemen's borders

SHAFAQNA - According to Ahrar Hijaz News, Saudi army and special forces from Pakistan's army held military manoeuvre in Malak Salman base near Yemeni borders. A Saudi general said that this is a joint operation for coordination between Saudi…

Philippine military ends offensive against Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) group.

SHAFAQNA - According to News agencies "90,000 displaced Residents of the poor, marshy town of Mamasapano, 1,682 kilometers (1,045 miles) from the capital, Manila, chanted "Allahu Akbar" and applauded as the military chief said they could return…

EXCLUSIVE - Yemen at War: Lifesaving aid blocked by airstrikes

SHAFAQNA - The Saudi Arabian-led assault on Yemen has disrupted life-saving aid programs across the country, international aid agencies have said. The provision of humanitarian aid to many Yemeni regions was already difficult as the country…

Land Day: A Day Of Reckoning, 39 Years Later – OpEd

SHAFAQNA - If you are like me, I am sure you are tired of reading about the results of the last Israeli election. Or on Benjamin Netanyahu’s Hebrew pledge running up to the election and his flip-flopped English version after winning the election.…

REPORT - Million Of Euros Recovered In Operation Against Excise Fraud

SHAFAQNA - Europol and Eurojust supported an operation on 24 March targeting several organized crime groups (OCGs) suspected of excise fraud. Millions of euros were recovered and 61 searches and seizures were conducted. Law enforcement and…

Attack on Bahrain photographers goes on

SHAFAQNA - Photographers continue to be fitted up for crimes they didn’t do, with confessions after torture. Then subjected to horrendous conditions in jail. Report from local contact in Bahrain. – On March 23rd, 2015 Photographer Houssam…

EXCLUSIVE - Somalia confirms it is sending 2000 troops to fight Yemen Houthis

SHAFAQNA - Officials in Somalia have confirmed under cover of anonymity that Saudi Arabia demanded that they participate in the war efforts against the Houthis - Zaidi faction led by Seyyed Abdel-Malek al Houthi - Somalia is now readying some…

Iran sends aid to Yemen

SHAFAQNA - As reports from Yemen have confirmed that Gulf countries have categorically closed their borders to Yemeni refugees as thousands are attempting to flee the war zone, Iran officials have announced they already sent humanitarian aid…

100,000 converts to Islam in Germany, the challenges faced by German converts

SHAFAQNA - Studies on the growth of Muslim populations in western Europe often focus on the role of immigration, but every year an increasing number of citizens in western European countries also make the decision to convert to Islam. Esra Özyürek…

Saudi and Israel into an alliance when Iran nuclear deal sign

SHAFAQNA - According to The Independent Newspaper reported that " Foreign ministers from Iran, the US and five other world powers including Britain were tonight preparing for a final 24 hours of intense negotiations that could change the Middle…

Pakistanis stranded in Yemen to be brought back soon: PM Nawaz

SHAFAQNA - Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif directed on Tuesday the relevant authorities to bring back stranded Pakistanis from Yemen immediately, Express Newsreported. “We will evacuate stranded Pakistanis from the war-torn country as soon…

Bahrainis demand release of politcal prisoners in daily protests

SHAFAQNA - Bahraini protesters have once again poured into the streets in several parts of the Persian Gulf Kingdom in solidarity with political prisoners. Chanting slogans against the Al Khalifah regime, the demonstrators on Monday took to…

Bahrain: Families Denied Prison Access After Unrest

SHAFAQNA - Authorities denied many prisoners contact with their families for up to 13 days in the aftermath of violent unrest at Jaw Prison on March 10, 2015. Bahraini authorities should order an investigation into overcrowding at the prison…

EXCLUSIVE - Yemeni-Americans are stranded in war-torn zone - U.S. authorities refuse to evacuate them

SHAFAQNA - Hana Kulaib is a 30-year old mother of two, from Dearborn, Michigan. A Yemeni-American with several close family members in Sana'a, the Yemeni capital she always tries to visit her ancestral home as often as possible. In late January,…