Freedom Flotilla ships to sail against Israeli blockade

SHAFAQNA - A ship dubbed “Al-Awda” (The Return) is to sail to Gaza from Norway next month to challenge the decade-long Israeli blockade in the region. As part of this year’s campaign launched by the international Freedom Flotilla Coalition…

Assad returns French Legion of Honor medal

SHAFAQNA - Syrian President Bashar Assad has surrendered his Legion of Honor award, France’s most prestigious decoration, given to him by Jacques Chirac in 2001, saying he will not wear honors bestowed by a “slave country” that bombs…

Kuwait ranks 10th globally on most popular travel destinations for Muslims

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SHAFAQNA - Kuwait ranks last in the Gulf and 10th globally on the most popular travel destinations for Muslim in 2018, according to Global Muslim Travel Index 2018 issued by Mastercard-Crescentrating company. Kuwait recorded 60.5 points…

Islam and Iran Cinema Flourish in FIFF

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SHAFAQNA - The relationship between media, politics and the public around the world heavily depended on the media and artistic medium like cinema and television. That explains why the US invests heavily on the media to manipulate the narration…

Saudi Arabia to dig canal along Qatar border turning it into an island

SHAFAQNA - A Saudi official has confirmed reports of plans to dig a maritime channel along the kingdom’s border with Qatar — a move that would effectively turn the Qatari peninsula into an island. Saoud al-Qahtani, a counselor at the…

US, UK, France targeted Syria with 110 missiles: Syrian Comdr

SHAFAQNA - The General Command of the Syrian Army and Armed Forces stressed Saturday that most of the missiles fired by the US, Britain and France tripartite aggression on Syrian targets in Damascus and outside it were shot down. The General…

Iraqis must commit to peaceful coexistence"

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SHAFAQNA- The representative of Grand Ayatollah Sayyid Ali al-Sistani in Karbala stressed the importance of peaceful coexistence between the components of Iraqi society in light of the current situation that Iraq is going through…

Course on Iraqi Style Quran Recitation Underway in Najaf

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SHAFAQNA - According to the website of the Astan, Seyyed Hani Mousawi, supervisor of the Quranic program, said that the course has been organized in line with a national plan titled “Alawi Support for Iraqi recitation style of the Holy Quran”. The…

UN Chief calls for all parties to come to the table on Yemen

SHAFAQNA - The UN secretary-general on Tuesday urged warring sides in Yemen for a political settlement. Speaking at a high-level pledging conference in Geneva held to discuss the crisis in Yemen, Antonio Guterres asked donor countries to…

Palestine's Land Day

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SHAFAQNA - The 1948 Nakba, or catastrophe when 700,000 Palestinians were expelled from their houses, towns, and cities is ongoing. Every March 30th since 1976 Palestinians commemorate Land Day to honor their struggle to hold on to…

Christian families return to Mosul - Religious pluralism returns after Daesh reign of Terror

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SHAFAQNA - More than 4,000 displaced Christian families have returned to Mosul since the city was fully liberated from Daesh militants, the governor of the northern Iraqi province of Nineveh said. Nawfal Hammadi stated that more than 4,000…

Saudis condemned on 3rd anniversary of war, Scores of Bahrainis detained

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SHAFAQNA - The third anniversary of the Saudi-led aggression on Yemen has been marked worldwide with indignation, revulsion and calls for an immediate halt of American and British arms supplies to Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates.…

Israel targets Christian community in Jerusalem

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SHAFAQNA - Christian worshippers were targeted by the Israeli authorities on Sunday as they gathered to mark Sunday Palm near al-Salahia Church in Bab al-Asbat area in the Old City of Occupied Al-Quds (Jerusalem). Local sources confirmed that…

Palestinians Hold Rally on 100th Day since Trump ‘Nakba’ Move

SHAFAQNA- The rally was held Sunday in the city of Sidon which hosts Ain al-Hilweh, the largest Palestinian refugee camp in Lebanon, Lebanese paper The Daily Star reported. US President Donald Trump recognized Israel’s claim to the city…

Ayat. Sistani urges Iraqis to avoid sectarianism in upcoming elections

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SHAFAQNA- In a statement released on Friday, March 9, senior Shia cleric Grand Ayatollah Sayyed Ali al-Sistani asked Iraqi nation to avoid sectarian bias in upcoming parliamentary elections in the country in order to vote for the qualified…

Israeli Navy kills Palestinian fisherman off Gaza coast

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SHAFAQNA- By Said Amouri   JERUSALEM (AA): At least one Palestinian fisherman was killed and two others injured when Israeli Navy opened fire at a fishing boat off Gaza’s coast, Israeli media reported. Two Israeli soldiers…

Palestinian leader Abbas calls for Middle East peace conference

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SHAFAQNA-Addressing a rare address to the United Nations Security Council on Tuesday, Abbas presented a so-called "peace plan" to revive the Israeli-Palestinian talks with new international mediation but with less United States weight. "To…

14 Palestinians killed since Trump recognised Jerusalem as Israel’s capital

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SHAFAQNA- Palestine (AA): At least 14 Palestinians have been killed since U.S. President Donald Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital last December, Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah said Monday. According to Hamdallah,…

Sheikh Isa Qassim placed back under house arrest following surgery

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SHAFAQNA-Bahrain’s highest religious authority Sheikh Isa Qassim was discharged from hospital over the weekend after undergoing surgery. He was returned to his home in Diraz where he remains under house arrest. On Friday, he spent several…

French businessman presents unique manuscript to Imam Hussein a.s Museum

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SHAFAQNA-   Dr. Ramzi Hebeeb Senber, Palestinian-French citizen, has presented a unique manuscript to Imam Hussein Museum during a visit he made to Imam Hussein Shrine. The manuscript is made of rice and gold with the…

Turkish warplanes kill 49 Kurdish militants in northern Iraq

SHAFAQNA - Turkish warplanes struck 19 Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) targets in northern Iraq on Monday, killing 49 militants, Turkey’s armed forces said on Thursday. Two airstrikes were carried out in the Asos/Qandil, Zap, Avasin/Basyan…

Abbas calls for African role in peace process

SHAFAQNA - Palestinian Authority chief Mahmoud Abbas calls on African states to join a multilateral mechanism to discuss the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians, after spurning any US role in such negotiations. “Pursuing peace…

EU distributes aid to Palestianians

SHAFAQNA - The European Union (EU) said, on Wednesday, that it delivered the Palestinian Authority the quarterly payment of a €50-million to support poor and vulnerable Palestinian families in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip. According…

At least 9 civilians killed in new Saudi airstrike on Sa'ada

SHAFAQNA -  Saudi warplanes have carried out a fresh deadly attack on civilian areas in Yemen’s northern province of Sa’ada to bring the toll from children falling victim to the attacks to seven in less than a day. Yemen’s al-Masirah…

Saudi aggression warplanes wage 2 strikes on Marib

SHAFAQNA - The US-backed Saudi aggression coalition launched two air strikes overnight on Serwah district of Marib province, a security official told YemenNews Agency on Sunday. The strikes targeted areas east of Serwah, damaging civilians'…

Switching off light at Aqsa Mosque serious violation - Al-Quds Int'l

SHAFAQNA - Al-Quds International Institution (QII) condemned on Wednesday Israeli attempts to cut power feeding the Dome of the Rock at Jerusalem’s al-Aqsa Mosque, the third holiest site in Islam. “Switching off the light of the Dome…

Preparations underway to hold 14th Martyrdom Spring Annual International Conference

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SHAFAQNA- Imam Hussein Shrine and El-Abbas Shrine are continuing their preparations to hold the 14th Martyrdom Spring Annual International Conference at the beginning of the month of Sha’ban A.H.   Ali Kadhim Sultan – preparatory…

Ensuring Stability, Security Main Need in Post-Daesh Iraq says Iraqi official

SHAFAQNA - Speaking to IQNA on the sidelines of the 13th meeting of the Parliamentary Union of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, Jabouri said cleansing Iraqi territories form Daesh elements was a great victory and precious achievement. “The…