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Azerbaijan hosts Iran’s National Orchestra

SHAFAQNA – The performance is scheduled on the occasion of Iran’s cultural week in Azerbaijan. The orchestra will perform various Persian and Azeri music pieces. Fereidun Shahbazian along Tehran Symphony Orchestra is in Russia right now, holding special performances on the occasion of Iran’s attendance in 2018 Russia World Cup. The group went on stage 2 […]

Morocco’s breaking record in tourism

SHAFAQNA –  Morocco recorded a bumper year for tourist arrivals in 2017, breaking through the 11-million barrier for the first time, the tourism ministry announced on Monday.      Visitor arrivals numbered some 11.4 million, a 10% increase over 2016, with tourists from “emerging markets” such as China and Brazil joining those from France, Spain and […]

US Foreign Policy in Crisis

SHAFAQNA – Iranian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mohammad Javad Zarif wrote in response to Mike Pompeo’s claims about Iran:  Following the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the Paris Climate Accord, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) is the third multilateral agreement that the current United States administration has withdrawn from. The administration has also put in jeopardy other multilateral […]

Badab-e Surt, a vibrant destination for nature lovers

SHAFAQNA – Tehran Times | by Amir Ali Razzaghi: A photo collection depicts views of Badab-e Surt, a scenic destination for eco-travelers and nature lovers in northern Iran, November 3, 2017. Badab-e Surt bargains its visitors with a striking panorama of rust-colored travertine terraces adjacent to the towering Alborz mountain range. Its trodden, limestone formations have been […]

Minute’s silence marks one-year anniversary of London mosque terror attack

Shafaqna– Relatives of victim Makram Ali joined survivors, Muslim leaders and politicians gather for a moment of silence to mark London mosque attack anniversary , killing father-of-six Makram Ali and injuring 12 others when a man drove his van into a crowd leaving evening prayers during Ramadan. A minute’s silence was held to remember Ali, who died […]

Rise of violence against shia muslims in South Africa: some withdraw from the Cape Accord

SHAFAQNA – In South Africa, Shia Muslims face violence by their religious identity. Earlier this month, the Cape Accord – a document meant to encourage peace and unity and eradicate extremism – was signed in Cape Town by several Islamic leaders, but later a few signers announced withdrawing from the accord. Anti-Shia sectarianism, peaked in with reopening of the Ahlul […]

Iran-Iraq coordination to reach an accord on tourism

SHAFAQNA – MNA : “2.3 million Iranians visit Iraq annually without taking into account the millions of Iranian pilgrims who travel to Iraq for Arbaeen rituals,” Hamid Mohammadi told Mehr News Agency correspondent on Tuesday. Mohammadi said that there is no agreement on exchange of pilgrims between the Iranian and Iraqi officials so far, adding that a […]

Photos: Masjid al-Sahlah, the Mosque of Imam al-Mahdi (aj)

SHAFAQNA – The Al-Sahlah Mosque or Masjid al-Sahlah (Arabic: مسجد السهلة‎) is one of the primary significant mosques in the city of Kufa, Iraq. The mosque is of great importance to Shia Muslims, and it is believed that the mosque was initially established in Kufa as a neighborhood mosque for the followers of Ali, the early members of the Shia. The mosque is […]

Civic campaigns are forming for peace in Afghanistan

SHAFAQNA – ISIS violated the holiday ceasefire in Afghanistan and Taliban rejected government’s suggestion to extend the ceasefire. However, different kinds of civic campaigns are forming for peace in Afghanistan. A suicide bomber has struck Afghanistan’s eastern city of Jalalabad, killing at least 19 people in the second attack in as many days targeting Taliban fighters, […]

World Cup 2018: Iranian referee may judge the Final match

SHAFAQNA – The distinguished judgment of Iranian referee during Germany-Mexico match in 2018 FIFA World Cup is taken widely into account among soccer lovers so that huge debates have circulated in social media and professional websites about his management, decisions and performance in the game.  Despite a few critics, the main body of commentators in social […]

French special forces on the ground in Yemen

SHAFAQNA – Middle East Monitor : French special forces are present on the ground in Yemen with forces from the United Arab Emirates, French newspaper Le Figaro reported on Saturday, citing two military source. The newspaper gave no further information about their activities. The Defence Ministry was not immediately available for comment, but its usual policy is not […]

Iran’s response to Tramp: Iran has changed their attitude toward the US government more than the past

SHAFAQNA – After the withdrawing the US from the Iran nuclear deal, less conversations or statements from Tramp heard in which there is no mention of Iran or threatening Iran. The US president recently said in a conversation with Fox News that he believes the Iranians will return one day and say they are going to negotiate […]

Iran-Iraq trade balance hit $10b: Envoy

SHAFAQNA – IRNA:  The value of trade exchanges between Tehran and Baghdad reached ten billion dollars for a one-year period, Iran‘s ambassador to Iraq announced on Wednesday. There are many historical, cultural and political commonalities between the two countries which should be used for further bilateral ties, Iraj Masjedi said at an Iftar ceremony in this […]

Damascus urges Iraq to reopen border crossing with Syria

SHAFAQNA – Iraqi News | by Nehal Mostafa: The Iraqi Foreign Minister has received a message from his Syrian counterpart over intensifying efforts to re-open the border crossing between the two countries from west of Anbar in Iraq and al-Bu Kamal city in Syria. Iraqi Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari highlighted, as he received the message from Syrian […]

Cyberspace should promote religious teachings: Iran minister

SHAFAQNA – IRNA: Quran should be emerged in cyberspace and this space should be used to circulate the Quranic and religious knowledge and teachings, the Iranian minister of culture and Islamic guidance said. Abbas Salehi told IRNA that his Ministry is to strengthen the relations between art, media and Quran. Cyberspace, today, has turned into a new […]


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 […]