Egypt tourism surge in 2018

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SHAFAQNA - Tourism is showing rise again in Egypt, with 50 percent surge in bookings during the first half of 2018, following several years violence in the country in the aftermath of the 2011 Revolution. Egypt started to become a premier…

The floor of Aba al-Fadl al-Abbas (p) holy shrine has covered with an art piece

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SHAFAQNA- Alkafeel Global Network: The completion of covering the floor of the holy shrine of Aba al-Fadl al-Abbas (peace be upon him) with alabaster and its doors open to receive the visitors. An art piece designed with rare alabaster on…

The presence of Iran's Religious minorities in the city council became reinstated/ what was the fatwa of Ayatollah Sistani?

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SHAFAQNA - On July 21, 2018, the Iran Expediency Council approved a plan for the presence of religious minorities in the city councils with two-thirds of the votes. Great scholars and various people groups reacted differently to this plan…

Najaf Chief Officer Met with the Secretary General of the Holy Shrine of Imam Ali (A.S)

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SHAFAQNA - Imam Ali Network : The Chief Officer of Najaf city, the Major General Ala Gharib, had the honor of visiting the Holy Shrine of Imam Ali (PBUH). Afterwards, he met with the Secretary General, Mr. Yusuf al-Sheikh Radhi, the two of…

JKSM: Muslim Child marriages in Malaysia have been decreasing

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SHAFAQNA - Statistics from the Malaysian Syariah Judiciary Depart­ment (JKSM) showed that Applications for child marriage fell in recent years with 877 applications recorded in last year. Judges in shariah court have the authority to give…

Natural burial, a new green trend, matches Muslim funeral traditions

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SHAFAQNA- Green burial is a new phenomenon in the United States, while Muslims practiced this “natural” method, that matches the guidelines of Islamic law for over 1400 years. Green burial, also called a natural burial, is an environmentally…

Saudi Arabia announce two-month plan for Hajj season

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SHAFAQNA - The Presidency of the Two Holy Mosques unveil two-month plan for upcoming Hajj season this year. Sheikh Abdulrahman Al-Sudais, chief of the Presidency of the Two Holy Mosques, said the presidency was keen to prepare early for…

Romanian Muslims Cancel Grand Mosque Project

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SHAFAQNA - IQNA : The Romanian Muftiyat, which represents Muslims in the country, has cancelled its project to build a showpiece mosque in the capital, Bucharest, saying the costs were too high. The Muftiyat has filed a request to the Ministry…

Quran Memorizers Honored in Syria

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SHAFAQNA - IQNA: A ceremony was recently held in the Syrian city of al-Bab in Aleppo province to honor kids who have memorized the Quran. The children had been displaced from Eastern Ghouta, an area near the Syrian capital of Damascus that…

Facebook Protect far-right and racist pages From Hate Speech but Not Muslim immigrants

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SHAFAQNA - An undercover investigation has found that Facebook gives special protections to far-right and racist pages while allow people to racially abuse Muslim immigrants. Facebook is accused of granting special protections to racist…

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…

Jews enjoy a far better living condition than Palestinians in Israel

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SHAFAQNA - According to a health report at a parliament session published Tuesday,”Palestinians in Israel suffer more diseases than Jewish citizens. The report, put together by the Advancement of Arab Population’s Health organisation,…

Three Iraqi protesters killed as unrest sweep southern cities

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SHAFAQNA - The main gates to Iraq's port of Umm Qasrnear basra were re-opened Monday following closure due to unrest over poor government services across southern cities. Three officials said activities resumed at the port near the southern…

Jordanians are optimistic about new government

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SHAFAQNA - The results of an opinion poll indicates that Jordanians have a positive view of kingdom’s new government led by Omar al-Razzaz. The new government was appointed in June amid public protests at the country’s economic crisis. The…

Irish senate approves Bill to ban trade with Israel's illegal settlements

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SHAFAQNA- The Ireland senate approved the Bill, which bans all trade with Israeli-occupied Palestinian territories. So Ireland is on its way to become the first EU nation to enforce a boycott. According to Middle East Monitor, The bill passed…

Iraqi militia fighters want to ally Houthis against Saudi-led coalition

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SHAFAQNA- Iraqi militia fighters had been taken a decision to ally with the Houthis in Yemen, fighting against the Saudi-led coalition, al-Quds al-Arabi reported. According to Middle East Eye, the announcement by Kata'ib Sayyid al-Shuhada,…

Moving US embassy to Jerusalem on Putin-Abbas recent talks

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SHAFAQNA - While Israel and Hamas exchanged fire in Gaza on Saturday, Palestinian President met with Russian President. Vladimir Putin on his recent talks with Mahmoud Abbas complains about US moving its embassy to Jerusalem.  Russian President…

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…

Arab public have pessimistic attitude towards Trump's foreign policy

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SHAFAQNA - The Arab Centre for Research and Policy Studies in Doha, Qatar released the results of a public opinion poll that showed Arab public pessimism towards US foreign policy in the region, specifically on the question of Palestine, as…

Saudi and UAE sought to gain a foothold in Jerusalem

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SHAFAQNA - Saudi Arabia and the UAE focus on Jerusalem, to open offices in the city near the al-Aqsa Mosque compound, According to sources in Jerusalem. They pointed out that “the information available so far is that the house adjacent…

137 Palestinians including 18 children killed by Israeli forces on Gaza Border

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SHAFAQNA- A Palestinian official confirmed 137 Palestinians including 18 children were killed by Israeli forces in attack on the Great Marches of Return on Gaza border since 30 March 2018. A spokesman for the Health Ministry in Gaza, Ashraf…

UK Minister for the Middle East to visit the US and Saudi Arabia

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SHAFAQNA- UK Minister for the Middle East and North Africa Alistair Burt payed a four day visit to Washington (12th-13th July) and Riyadh (14th-15th July). During his visit to Washington he will meet with senior US policymakers working on…

Aqaba Container Terminal: A new gateway for Iraq-bound cargo

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SHAFAQNA -New pre-arrival clearance protocols and reduced terminal handling charges for containers in transit , Jordan’s deep-water Aqaba Container Terminal (ACT), is now alternative maritime gateway for Iraq-bound cargo. Containers imported…

Ahlul Bayt University in Jordan Looks forward Cooperating with the Holy Shrine of Imam Ali (PBUH)

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SHAFAQNA - Imam Ali Network: As he visited the Holy Shrine of Imam Ali (PBUH), Dr. Hani Akho Rasheeda an instructor of politics in the University of Ahlul Bayt of Jordan stated that they look forward cooperating with the holy shrine of Imam…

AIMPLB plan to set up Sharia courts in all districts of India

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SHAFAQNA- All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) made proposal to open Darul-Qaza (Sharia courts), based upon the Islamic law, in all districts of India. Speaking to India Today, Jafaryab Jilani, a member of AIMPLB said, "Since 1993,…

US Imposes New Sanctions on Iranian airlines

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SHAFAQNA - US imposes new sanctions on Iranian airlines and companies associated with them, after Donald Trump withdrew from the nuclear deal, to increase economic pressure on Iran and isolate Iran in the world. Mahan Travel and Tourism,…

Sheikh Isa Qassim leaves Bahrain to Britain for medical treatment

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SHAFAQNA - Bahrain's top Shiite cleric Sheikh Isa Qassim, in his late 70s, was allowed to fly out of island kingdom for medical treatment in Britain on Monday Sheikh Isa Qassim flew out of Bahrain International Airport. Opposition activists…