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SHAFAQNA – Reuters | by Moayed Kenany: Iraq has banned farmers from planting rice and other water-intensive crops in the face of increasing shortages because of drought and shrinking river flows, an agriculture ministry official said on Thursday.   A letter from the Minister of Water Resources Hassan al-Janabi to Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi’s office seen by Reuters showed the ministry […]

Humanitarian disaster in Yemen’s main port city of Hodeidah, in the biggest battle of a three-year war

SHAFAQNA– Thousands of troops backed by Saudi and United Arab Emirates forces began the biggest battle of the war in Yemen this week, launching an attack on the port of Hodeidah and putting the main supply route for food into the country at risk, the Times reported. The assault began after the expiry of a deadline […]

Denmark swings right on immigration and Muslims feel besieged

SHAFAQNA – The Guardian  :  After a burqa ban, hardline rhetoric has entered the mainstream. In one coastal town, attitudes seem increasingly polarised  “It’s a lovely place,” says Jens Kramer, as he gazes across the harbour from his seat outside the wooden shed that serves as Holbæk’s boat club. “But I think people here are becoming […]

How tensions in the Middle East overshadow 2018 World Cup

SHAFAQNA- Political tensions in this soccer-crazy part of the world overshadow the current World Cup. From the sanction of Nike against Iranian players to Saudi-UAE moves to gain the control of global soccer governance, 2018 World Cup is maybe another battlefield for Middle Easterns.     BESA center anticipates that a possible Saudi-Iranian clash on the […]

Ayat. Khamenei to lead Eid-al-Fitr prayers in Tehran

SHAFAQNA – Mehr News Agency : The Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Sayed Ali Khamenei will lead the Eid-al-Fitr (the fast-breaking feast) prayers in Tehran, to be held at the Imam Khomeini Prayer Grounds on Friday, June 15.    Office of Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Khamenei has communicated a statement announcing that Eid al-Fitr […]

Prince William’s Middle East tour to build a relationship with the people of the region

SHAFAQNA – Metro| by Amy Duncan : While Kate Middleton remains on maternity leave, Prince William is preparing to head on his first solo tour to the Middle East. It is the first time a member of the British Royal Family has officially visited the Middle Eastern countries. During his tour, the father of three will visit Israel, […]

Top US official eyes Israel’s Egypt border for Trump wall ideas

SHAFAQNA – Middle East Eye : US homeland security secretary visited Israel’s southern border for ideas on wall project along US southern border US Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen inspected Israel‘s fenced-off border with Egypt on Tuesday for ideas for the US border with Mexico, where President Donald Trump has pledged to build a wall, Israel […]

Dutch anti-Islam party to hold Prophet Mohammad cartoon competition, despite previous polemics

SHAFAQNA : Despite provoking serious polemics in the past, The Freedom Party of Dutch anti-Islam politician Geert Wilders will hold a competition of cartoons depicting the Prophet Mohammad. According to Reuters, the party said the plan to hold the competition in the party’s secure offices in Dutch Parliament had been approved by the Dutch Counter-terrorism Agency […]

Eid shopping across Pakistan in full swing

SHAFAQNA – IRNA: Eid shopping in full swing across Pakistan and almost all markets in different cities of the county are crowded with people buying new clothes and other accessories on the occasion of Eid-al-Fitr. Eid-al-Fitr is the Islamic festival that marks the end of Ramadan, the ninth month of the Islamic calendar during which Muslims […]

Israel closes Ibrahimi Mosque in Hebron

SHAFAQNA – Middle East Monitor : The Israeli occupation forces closed the Ibrahimi Mosque in the occupied West Bank city of Hebron to Muslim worshippers without prior notice. Israel’s 0404 website claimed that an explosive device was found in the vicinity of the mosque earlier in the day. Israel forces intensified their presence in the area and closed […]

Seven Shia Muslims martyred while defending in Syria

SHAFAQNA – Abna24 : Seven people martyred including one civilian, and two other civilians were injured in terrorist attacks with sniper and macinegun fire on the terrorist-besieged Shiite towns of al-Fouaa and Kefraya in northern countryside of Idleb. Seven people martyred including one civilian, and two other civilians were injured in terrorist attacks with sniper and […]

Muslim-American food truck owners fast during Ramadan, no matter how much chicken they smell all day

SHAFAQNA – Business Insider| by Shirin Jaafari : Fasting can be tough for pretty much anyone. But what about the men and women who are fasting during daylight hours and spend all day preparing and serving food to the public? This question got video producer Aymann Ismail thinking. What’s it like to be a Muslim food […]

Rouhani: a secure and stable Afghanistan is a must for regional security

SHAFAQNA – ISNA: President Rouhani described a secure and stable Afghanistan a must for regional security and development and stressed that Tehran always supports peace and stability in Afghanistan.    President Rouhani described a secure and stable Afghanistan a must for regional security and development and stressed that Tehran always supports peace and stability in Afghanistan. In […]

Yemeni forces deal heavy blow to Arab coalition

SHAFAQNA – IRNA: Yemeni army and popular committees on Saturday dealt a heavy blow to forces of Saudi-lead coalition of Arab countries in Al Jah region on the western coasts of the country, killing 58 military men. According to Almasirah news network, the Yemeni forces consisting of army personnel and popular committees in a tactical operation […]

Shia Rights Watch: 412 cases of violence against Shia Muslims in May 2018

SHAFAQNA – Shia Rights Watch : The first five months of 2018 stood witness to 2,573 cases of anti-Shiism. Incidents include death, detention, discrimination, and denial of freedoms systematically or culturally. Anti-Shiism is a conflict at an international scale, affecting both political and grassroots dynamics.  In May 2018, at 412 cases of violence against Shia Muslims, […]

VIDEO: Frenchman commits suicide at Mecca

SHAFAQNA – MNA : A Frenchman threw himself off the roof of the Grand Mosque in Mecca, in the proximity of Islam’s holiest shrine Kaaba, according to Saudi and French officials on Saturday. The incident was particularly shocking as Islam prohibits self-killing. Warning: The video contains footage that may be upsetting to some viewers.   […]

The G7 summit was a mess: France push Trump to make policy concessions on Iran nuclear deal

SHAFAQNA – During the summit, Trump’s meetings with leaders from the other G7 members — which includes Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, and the United Kingdom, plus the European Union (which is not technically part of the G7 but participates) — were reportedly pretty tense and confrontational. That was to be expected. Trump has placed […]