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MENA region holds some of the worst records of freedom of expression

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SHAFAQNA | By Leila Yazdani : In 2018, Freedom in the World recorded the 13th consecutive year of decline in global freedom.The global average score has declined each year, and countries with net score declines have consistently outnumbered…

Bin Salman signs 20 billion in investment deals with pakistan

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SHAFAQNA- Suadi Arabia’s Bin Salman signed $20bn in investment deals with the South Asian country during two-day visit to Pakistan. Bin Salman arrived in Pakistan's capital, Islamabad, on Sunday, a day after he was originally scheduled…

Congress vote to End US Aid for Saudi Arabia’s civil War in Yemen

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SHAFAQNA- The US House of Representatives voted on Wednesday to end American military assistance for Saudi Arabia’s war in Yemen and withdraw almost all US forces engaged in the war in less than a month. The 248-to-177 vote, condemning…

Mohammed bin Salman to visit Pakistan

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SHAFAQNA- According to first news, it was announced that Saudi Arabia's Mohammed bin Salman will visit Pakistan on Feb 16 and 17. Later without any explanation, it was announced that MBS starts this visit on February 17.  Pakistan's Foreign…

EU puts Saudi Arabia on ‘dirty money’ blacklist

SHAFAQNA- On Wednesday, the commission, the European Union's executive arm, updated its list to 23 financial jurisdictions, up from the previous 16. It said that the 23 countries "have strategic deficiencies in their anti-money laundering/…

Yemen's Ansarallah: US responsible for killing Yemenis

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SHAFAQNA- IRNA: President of the Yemen's Revolutionary Committee referred to US claims on sending American arms by Saudi Arabia and the UAE to Al-Qaeda and Salafi militias, saying US is responsible for killing Yemenis. According to the…

Unseen for 65 years, old Photos from Al-Haram Mosque

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SHAFAQNA- The son of Lebanese Photographer Safouh al-Nu'mani, who took colored photos from Al-Haram Mosque 65 years ago, published some of those unseen photos. Omar al-Nu'mani, son of Safouh Al-Nu’mani, who died two years ago, told al-Arabiya's…

Photo: Al-Ayat Prayer in Al-Haram Mosque due to first lunar eclipse in 2019

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SHAFAQNA- The moon's ecliptic was observed in vast area of the world on Monday. it is the first lunar eclipse in 2019. The lunar eclipse also was observed in parts of the Arab region, such as Kuwait, Iraq, Jordan, eastern Syria and the center…

Reasons behind the eventual withdrawal of Kuwait from PGCC

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SHAFAQNA- Tehran Times: After several years since the beginning of Syria crisis, the Persian Gulf Arab states are changing their policies towards this county, and following the move of UAE and Bahrain, Kuwait will soon expand its relations…

SAUDI ARABIA: SIX KILLED AND ONE ARRESTED IN SHIITE REGION OF AL-QATIF +Video

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SHAFAQNA- Six people were killed and one arrested in a security operation in Saudi Arabia’s Eastern al-Qatif region on Monday, the state news agency reported on Wednesday. Earlier, media reports said Saudi forces had stormed a small village…

Doors of Arab world open for Bashar al-Assad: Expert

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SHAFAQNA- IRNA: An expert on international affairs saying that the US strategy has changed in Syria, stressed that the travels of officials from some Arab countries to Syria show that the doors of the Arab world have been opened on president…

3rd anniversary of Sheikh Nimr Baqir al-Nimr all over the world

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SHAFAQNA- The anniversary of martyrdom of Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr is held in different parts of the world, bringing together liberals and dissidents of the Saudi Arabian regime around the world. The campaign of the reviving the martyrdom anniversary…

Saudi Arabia to host third round of Taliban peace talks

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SHAFAQNA- The United States and regional countries meet in Saudi Arabia in the coming weeks for the next round of peace talks to end the 17-year war in Afghanistan. Saudi Arabia confirmed on Saturday they would be hosting the next round of…

Saudi King Shakes Up Cabinet, Keeping Power in crown prince’s Hands

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SHAFAQNA | Leila Yazdani : Saudi Arabia’s King Salman ordered a sweeping government reshuffle on Thursday (Dec 27), replacing key security and political figures including the foreign minister, but keeping the levers of power firmly in the…

Iranian PM: Iran has no problem in negotiating with Saudi Arabia

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SHAFAQNA- The member of National Security and Foreign Policy Commission of Iranian Parliament stated that by developing bilateral relations with the neighboring countries we can quickly deal with the difficulties caused by sanctions. "Iran…

Reforming Muslim countries and Islamicity indices

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SHAFAQNA- Mehr News: Professor Hossein Askari, an expert on Saudi Arabia who also teaches international business at the George Washington University, believes that Islamicity Indices are based on Quranic teachings. “The Holy Quran and…

Saudi Arabia, Iran sign MoU on next year major Hajj

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SHAFAQNA- IRNA: On Tuesday, the Islamic Republic of Iran and Saudi Arabia  signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for sending Iranian pilgrims to major Hajj ritual ceremony in Saudi Arabia. Head of Iran's Hajj Pilgrimage Organization…

Iran lauds global awareness to Yemen disaster

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SHAFAQNA- Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qassemi has praised global awareness about the calamities of the Saudi-led war on Yemen, expressing hope that it would help end the war in the country. “We hope that by actions that have…

Yemen's warring parties reach Hodaidah ceasefire agreement

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SHAFAQNA- The first significant breakthrough for U.N.-led peace efforts in five years of conflict; Yemen’s warring parties agreed on ceasefire in Hodaidah and withdraw their troops. UN said both sides will withdraw from city under deal. Talks…

Iran’s Zarif‏: US responsible for miseries from Saddam to ISIS

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SHAFAQNA- The Iranian Foreign Minister referring to U.S. arms exports to Saudi Arabia, tweeted U.S is responsible for miseries from Saddam to ISIS. US & allies should cease their hypocritical absurdities abt Iran's missiles & regional…

Why does Saudi Arabia ban Palestinians from Hajj?

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SHAFAQNA- The Saudi Arabia has banned hundreds of thousands of Palestinians with temporary passports from participating in the Hajj and Umrah pilgrimages in Saudi Arabia. The measure is part of Saudi Arabia's new policy to stop issuing visas…

Photos: King Faisal Mosque in Marawi, Philippines

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SHAFAQNA- Beautiful Mosque: The biggest mosque in Marawi City, this structure is located in Mindanao State University. It is named after the former king of Saudi Arabia who also financed its construction. The structure is noticeable for…

The first Divine Mass of Christians held in Saudi Arabia

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SHAFAQNA- A Christian official in Egypt yesterday announced that he was organizing the first religious ceremony for Christians in Saudi Arabia. This came in a special statement made by Anba Morcos, Archbishop of the Shubra al-Khaymah (north…

Iran’s Zarif blames U.S Complicity in war crimes

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SHAFAQNA- Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif slams Complicity of U.S in war crimes in Yemen, emphasizing that aim of U.S is creating Permanent instability to justify heinous policy. “Complicity in Saudi & UAE war crimes with…

Aid groups urged US to end military support in Yemen’s civil war

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SHAFAQNA- The five humanitarian organizations urged the US, as one of the most generous humanitarian donors in Yemen, to end military support to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in Yemen’s civil war, warning of 14 million people…

"Yemen Genocide About Oil Control" by F. William Engdahl

SHAFAQNA- The ongoing de facto genocide in the Republic of Yemen in a war whose most intense phase began in 2015, has until very recently been all but ignored in the Western mainstream media. What has also been ignored is the fundamental…

Donald Trump Defends Saudi crown prince despite Khashoggi murder

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SHAFAQNA- President Donald Trump has released a statement defending Saudi Arabia’s crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman and saying the US would continue to have a "steadfast" relationship with the kingdom Despite US intelligence reportedly linking…

Zarif: US hawks’ dream of 'uprooting the Iranian nation’ will never be realized

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SHAFAQNA- Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif blamed the US President for his hostility remark toward Iran nation. “A nation IS its people, @realdonaldtrump. Repeatedly calling Iran a "terrorist nation” reveals hostility toward…