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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…

China reportedly holding thousands of Muslims in internment camps

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SHAFAQNA - Hour upon hour, day upon day, Omir Bekali and other detainees in far western China’s new indoctrination camps had to disavow their Islamic beliefs, criticize themselves and their loved ones and give thanks to the ruling Communist…

Hundreds of thousands of Muslims reportedly in detention in Xinjiang, China

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SHAFAQNA - US Diplomat Laura Stone said last week that the crackdown and curtailment of rights of the Uyghur and other Muslim minorities in China is worsening, amidst reports that several thousand people are being held in so-called re-education…

Thousand of Uighur Muslims detained in Chinese 're-education' camps

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SHAFAQNA - More than 100,000 minority Uighur Muslims are reportedly being indefinitely detained in overcrowded “re-education” camps on China’s western border. The detention centres - reminiscent of Mao-era laogai forced labour…

China bans Muslim children from Quran classes

SHAFAQNA - Chinese government authorities have banned Muslim children from attending religious events during winter break, in a county in western Chinathat is mostly populated by Muslims. The notification for the ban has been posted online…

U.S. withdrawal from intel. treaties, opportunity for China, Iran: Prof. Backer

SHAFAQNA- Commenting on withdrawal of the Trump’s administration from international treaties including the JCPOA, Prof. Larry Backer says the withdrawals may provide substantial opportunity for China and for regional powers like Iran. According…

Chinese police order Xinjiang’s Muslims to hand in all copies of the Quran

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SHAFAQNA - Chinese authorities in the northwestern region of Xinjiang have ordered ethnic minority Muslim families to hand in religious items including prayer mats and copies of the Quran to the authorities, RFA has learned. Officials across…

Chinese firms eye stronger share in lucrative Halal market

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SHAFAQNA - Standing behind her stall at a Dubai exhibition Centre, Dai Dong He offered passersby what looked like carefully wrapped biscuits or chocolates. "This is dry beef, beef snacks," said Dai, general manager of Anhui Central Asia Food…

China's Muslims are banned from using their language in schools

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SHAFAQNA - Authorities in China's Xinjiang region have banned China's Muslims from using their language in schools. Last month, the Hotan government in north western China prohibited the use of the Uighur language from being used in schools…

China bans religious beliefs for 88 million people

SHAFAQNA - The Chinese Government has banned members of the country’s ruling Communist Party from holding any religious beliefs. An article written by the Wang Zuaon Director of the State Administration for Religious Affairs revealed that…

China spies on its Muslim community - spyware

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SHAFAQNA - In a latest move to increase surveillance, China has asked its Muslim minority people in Xinjiang to install a surveillance app on their phones to monitor them. Messaging service WeChat sent a notice to the residents of Xinjiang’s…

China's Uighur Muslims struggle under 'police state'

SHAFAQNA - Worshippers quietly passed through metal detectors as they entered the central mosque in China's far western city of Kashgar under the stern gaze of stone-faced police officers. The increasingly strict curbs imposed on the mostly…

China’s oldest mosque in Beijing

HAFAQNA- Mosque “Nyvjyh” in Beijing, one of the capital’s historic old mosques located in the area Muslims. Nyvjyh ancient mosque and the mosque Prshkvhtryn Beijing, one of China’s famous mosque was built in 996 AD.

Beijing punishes Muslims who observe Ramadan

SHAFAQNA - Muslims in China fasting during the holy month of Ramadan are being fined and sent to classes to 'educate' them in religious extremism. The government in Xinjiang have also enforced a rule demanding that all restaurants in the region…

Beijing’s Muslim community gathers in ancient mosque to celebrate Ramadan

SHAFAQNA - Muslims across China began observing fasting in the holy month of Ramadan on May 27 this year as the community gathers in the ancient mosque to celebrate Ramadan. According to the Xinhua News Agency, China is home to around about…

Muslim children forced to drop 'religious' names in western China

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SHAFAQNA - Muslim children in China’s far western Xinjiang region are being forced to change their “religious” names and adults are being coerced into attending rallies showing devotion to the officially atheist Communist party. During…

China wants to stop Ramadan

SHAFAQNA - China is trying to prevent people from fasting during Ramadan in the predominantly Muslim province of Xinjiang. According to the World Uyghur Congress (WUC), officials in the region ordered all restaurants to remain open and a…

China sparks human rights outcry by ramping up DNA testing in Muslim-dominated region

SHAFAQNA - China appears to be laying the groundwork for the mass collection of DNA samples from residents of a restive, largely Muslim region that's been under a security crackdown, rights observers and independent experts said Tuesday. Police…

China bans religious names for Muslim babies in Xinjiang

SHAFAQNA - Many couples fret over choosing the perfect name for their newborn, but for Muslims in western China that decision has now become even more fraught: pick the wrong name and your child will be denied education and government benefits. Officials…

Sharjah opens photo exhibition on Muslim communities in China

SHAFAQNA - Sharjah Museum of Islamic Civilisation opened an exhibition that gives a glimpse into the lives of Muslims in China as documented by photographer Peter Sanders on Thursday. The exhibition titled ‘Moments in the Lives of Muslims…

Trump’s Russia Charm Offensive Is Meant To Isolate Iran, China

SHAFAQNA - Donald Trump’s presidential campaign rhetoric was a cocktail of ostensibly nationalist economics and isolationist foreign policy that was viewed by much of the punditocracy as a sharp break from traditional U.S. policy. But while…

How a United Iran, Russia and China are Changing The World - For the Better

SHAFAQNA - From the moment the Berlin Wall fell, the United States saw a unique opportunity to pursue the goal of being the sole global hegemon. With the end of the Soviet Union, Washington could undoubtedly aspire to planetary domination paying…

China plots course for 'dark side' of the moon

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SHAFAQNA- China is planning to make a soft landing on the so-called dark side of the moon. It's a chance for the newly-emerging space power to flex some extraterrestrial muscle, and look even further into space. The far side, as seen from…

Amber Specimen Offers Rare Glimpse of Feathered Dinosaur Tail

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SHAFAQNA- Researchers from China, Canada, and the University of Bristol have discovered a dinosaur tail complete with its feathers trapped in a piece of amber. The finding reported today in Current Biology helps to fill in details of the…

China asks Muslims to oppose religious extremism, reject foreign influence

SHAFAQNA - China has asked its Muslim population to "resolutely oppose religious extremism" and adhere to the concept of "socialism with Chinese characteristics" while practicing their religion. The statement came from Wang Zuo'an, chief…

Khoang Lee Khai from China: The goals which Islam encourages people to reach are completely like as my ideals

SHAFAQNA- After getting familiar with Muslims and reading various books about Islam I understood that the goals which Islam encourages people to reach are completely like as my ideals. According to rahyafte Khoang Lee Khai is a member of…

TOP SCIENCE STORIES THIS WEEK

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SHAFAQNA- Pioneers from different disciplines have been awarded with the prestigious Nobel Prize for their inventions and achievements last week. Here’s a list of 2016 Nobel Prize winners in scientific fields. Nobel Prize for Medicine or…

In China, piety is a dangerous political act.

SHAFAQNA - For devout Muslims, Ramadan, the lunar month when they fast from dawn to dusk, is a time for self-discipline, reflection, and deepening their relationship with God and others. But for the Chinese authorities in the Xinjiang autonomous…