Pope Francis calls for international community to act decisively for end of migrant shipwrecks in Mediterranean

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SHAFAQNA - Pope Francis expressed sorrow over recent deaths of migrants from Africa in the Mediterranean Sea in Sunday’s Angelus among thousands of the faithful gathered in St Peter’s Square, and appeal to the international community to…

Women challenge social standards in Egypt by practicing Parkour on the streets

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SHAFAQNA - A group of women in Egypt collect at a park in a Cairo once a week , climbing up wall surfaces and jumping about in the strenous physical technique known as Parkour to form the first professional Parkour team in Egypt, while also…

IMF warns of wider unrest across the Middle East due to job crisis

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SHAFAQNA - The International Monetary Fund has warned of unemployment crisis among young people in The Middle East and North Africa risks fuelling wider unrest across the region, so countries in the region must accelerate economic reforms to…

Egypt wants to impose taxes on tech giants' profits

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SHAFAQNA - The Egypt unveiled plan to impose taxes on profits of tech giants including Facebook and Google. The Egyptian parliament last month approved the organisation of the press and information draft law, which states that no website…

Water crisis in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA)

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SHAFAQNA - The Middle East and North Africa has become water stressed region in the world because it owns hottest and driest weather on earth and water withdrawals in some countries are more than the amount naturally available. Hence it faces…

Algeria will become a tourist destination

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SHAFAQNA- Algeria holds clear potential for tourism. Noureddine Mansour, the city's director of tourism said most tourists coming to Algiers are willing to visit the Casbah, el-Khabar newspaper reported. Mansour said that the capital "will…

Ibrahim Musa: Zaria massacre orchestrated in Israel bankrolled by Saudis

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SHAFAQNA - Ibrahim Musa, the President of Media Forum of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, believes that Israel and Saudi Arabia were the main plotters behind Zaria massacre in Nigeria. Ibrahim Musa is the President of Media Forum of the…

South Africa Mosque Attacker Was Outpatient at Cape Town Psychiatric Institution

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SHAFAQNA - IQNA : The knife-wielding suspect in the deadly attack at a Cape Town mosque was an outpatient at a psychiatric institution‚ the Hawks said on Thursday. "The suspect was identified as 23-year-old Nur Arawal‚" Brig Hangwani…

PEW: Global Rise of government restrictions and social hostilities against Muslims

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SHAFAQNA - In many countries around the world, the government imposed restrictions and hostilities on religious activities and limited freedom of religion that tend to target Muslims. In recent years, Restrictions on Muslims rose by governments…

South Africa has promised Iran to resume oil purchases

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SHAFAQNA -  Less than a month ago, Iranian foreign minister visited South Africa, a country which is considered as an old friend and strong supporter of the Iran nuclear deal. The formation of the technical commission to track the agreements…

Iran cultural exhibition in Algeria

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SHAFAQNA - Mehr News Agency: An Iranian cultural exhibition is currently underway in Algerian city of Balida to get the Algerians familiar with Iran’s culture and art. The cultural exhibition which is held through the efforts of Iran’s…

Egypt’s present account narrows to $5.3 bln as tourism rises

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SHAFAQNA - According to data from the Egyptian Central Bank, Egypt’s present account deficit narrowed to $1.93 billion from $3.1 billion for the third quarter of the 2017-18 fiscal year as as tourism revenues improved. According to Egypt…

Egyptian parliament Plans to Investigate national team's failure at 2018 FIFA World Cup

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SHAFAQNA - The Egyptian Parliament's Committee of Youth Affairs and Sports has demanded to create a commission for  investigation national team's failure at the World Cup in Russia. According to Middle East Monitor, The intended committee…

400 refugees based in Egypt to be received by Portugal

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SHAFAQNA- Egypt welcomed an offer by Portugal to host 400 refugees who currently are in the country, as a part of the cooperation between the EU and Egypt on the migration, because of its own economic problems. According to Middle East Monitor,…

Morocco's breaking record in tourism

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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…

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

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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…

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

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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…

Comoros’s democracy under threat - country slip into political repression

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SHAFAQNA - A budding democracy Comoros stands to unravel under the weight of political repression, as freedom of speech is called into question following the return of Ahmed Abdallah Sambi, the island’s former president on account of his…

Advocating tolerance in South Africa following mosque attack

SHAFAQNA - Changing discourses and perspectives in communities is complex and tough. This is indeed the case with current day sectarian discourses among Muslims. But, discourse, or what and how we choose to talk, also kills. This has been…

Islamic Movement Press Statement: Whereabouts of Sheikh Zakzaky now unknown

SHAFAQNA - The Islamic Movement in Nigeria has expressed great concerns about the whereabout of its Leader, Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky, claiming that he was last seen or heard from yesterday soon after he was arraigned before a Kaduna state high…

Free Zakzaky processions sweep across northern Nigeria

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SHAFAQNA - From Adamawa to Zamfara, thousands of members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria and their sympathizers held massive Free Zakzaky processions on Saturday 28/04/18, to further call for the immediate release of Sheikh Zakzaky. This…

IHRC: Nigeria: Charges against Sheikh Zakzaky make a mockery of legal process

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SHAFAQNA - The decision by Nigerian authorities to charge the leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, Sheikh Ibrahim el-Zakzaky, after illegally holding him in detention for two years demonstrates the desperation of the government and is…

Two suicide bombers kill three in north Nigeria mosque

SHAFAQNA - Two suicide bombers killed three Muslim worshippers in a mosque in a northeast Nigerian town still being rebuilt after virtual destruction by Boko Haram in 2014, sources told AFP Sunday. The bombers, a man and a woman, detonated…

Press Statement: IMN condemns police attack on IMN peaceful procession in Abuja

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SHAFAQNA - The Nigerian police yesterday (4.16.2018) opened fire on peaceful Free Zakzaky protesters, killing at least one and injuring many others. It all started in the afternoon after the police laid siege on the venue of Free Zakzaky sit…

Rallies Held in Solidarity with Sheikh Zakzaky in Different Countries

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SHAFAQNA - Rights activists held rallies in Britain, Pakistan, Turkey and Switzerland in solidarity with jailed Nigerian Shia cleric Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky. According to al-Laulau website, the participants condemned the continued detention…

Senegal Introduces Contenders in Iran Int’l Quran Contests

SHAFAQNA - According to the Iranian Cultural Center in Dakar, they will take part in the recitation and memorization categories of the international Quran competitions for men, women, and seminary students. Ms Maymouna Lu will be the West…

Global "Free Zakzaky" protests planned for 15th April 2018

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SHAFAQNA - Global Protests are being planned next week, on 15 April 2018, to coincide with a hundred days of continuous Free Zakzaky protests in Nigeria demanding the immediate release of the leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, Sheikh…

Tunisian Islamic scholar scolds KSA over condoning of Israel

SHAFAQNA - Bashir bin Hassan censured MbS for recognizing the Zionist regime of Israel and attempts to normalize ties with the occupying regime. He also referred to the prince’s remarks about donating copies of the Quran to African countries,…