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Sale of France arms to the Middle East doubled

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SHAFAQNA - According to a government report, French arms sales to the Middle East doubled in 2017, despite pressure from lawmakers and rights groups on President Emmanuel Macron to prevent weapons from entering the countries conducting a bloody…

Egypt to construct Middle East’s largest petrochemical complex

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SHAFAQNA - Egypt government said to sign a deal to build the largest petrochemical complex in the Middle East , worth $11 billion. Head of the General Authority for Suez Canal Economic Zone (SCZone) Mohab Mamish (representing the government)…

10 Muslim World Cup facts you should know

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SHAFAQNA - My Salaam | by Tharik Hussain : Russia 2018 is a record-breaking World Cup for the Muslim world, with seven Muslim-majority nations taking part this year, the most since the start of the games in 1930. To celebrate this, here are…

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…

Trump Wants to end Persian Gulf crisis because it Only Benefits Iran

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SHAFAQNA - U.S Foreign Minister during the meeting with Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani, Qatari counterpart, emphasised that President Donald Trump wants dispute between Qatar and Persian Gulf nations to be ended because it only benefits…

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,…

Trump claims a lot of progress has been made in Middle East

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SHAFAQNA - US President Donald Trump claimed that a lot of progress had been made in the Middle East during a meeting with King Abdullah of Jordan on Monday in their third summit since Mr Trump took office and the first since US pulled out…

Abe will visit Saudi Arabia and Egypt

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SHAFAQNA - During to his European and Middle Eastern countries tour next month, Shinzo Abe will visit Saudi Arabia and Egypt. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is planning to visit Belgium, France, Saudi Arabia and Egypt countries next…

A power struggle between Persian Gulf states

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Shafaqnq- A power struggle has grown more intense among the Persian Gulf States. A case in point is the current conflict between Saudi Arabia (and the UAE) and Qatar.  "The European Union (EU) supports Kuwait efforts to mediate between…

World Cup 2018: Salah returns but Russia beat Egypt 3-1

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SHAFAQNA - Egypt lost on Tuesday to the Russians and so Arab teams in the World Cup are left with zero points from five games. Egypt lost to World Cup hosts Russia on Tuesday, minimising the The Pharaohs' chances of reaching the knockout…

How tensions in the Middle East overshadow 2018 World Cup

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SHAFAQNA- Political tensions in this soccer-crazy part of the world overshadow the current World Cup. From the sanction of Nike against Iranian players to Saudi-UAE moves to gain the control of global soccer governance, 2018 World Cup is maybe…

Top US official eyes Israel's Egypt border for Trump wall ideas

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SHAFAQNA - Middle East Eye : US homeland security secretary visited Israel's southern border for ideas on wall project along US southern border US Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen inspected Israel's fenced-off border with Egypt…

Qatar takes UAE to International Court of Justice

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SHAFAQNA - Middle East Monitor : Qatar has taken the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to the UN International Court of Justice over human rights violations off the back of the Gulf Crisis, Al Jazeera reported today. Just over a year after the…

Muslim-American food truck owners fast during Ramadan, no matter how much chicken they smell all day

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SHAFAQNA - Business Insider| by Shirin Jaafari : Fasting can be tough for pretty much anyone. But what about the men and women who are fasting during daylight hours and spend all day preparing and serving food to the public? This question…

Middle East becoming more aware of food waste impact, survey shows

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SHAFAQNA - Arabian Business | by Bernd Debusmann Jr : A vast majority of residents in the UAE, Egypt and Saudi Arabia understand the impact of food waste and are taking steps to do their part to reduce their food waste footprint, according…

Sufism in Egypt

SHAFAQNA - Sufism (tasawwuf) is an Islamic modality that emphasizes self-purification and the attainment of spiritually advanced states through the assumption of specific practices and disciplines, typically through affiliation with a particular…

Seminar in Egypt Features Divine Religions’ Opposition to Violence

SHAFAQNA - The Arab country’s parliament has organized the one-day forum in cooperation with Ministry of Youths Affairs, according to al-Misri al-Yawm website. It seeks to discuss and analyze the view of divine religions in rejection of…

Azhar University professor encourages Muslims to celebrate the spirit of Christmas

SHAFAQNA - A professor of Comparative Fiqh at Al-Azhar University, Saad al-Helaly, encouraged the universal celebration of Christmas, saying Muslims can celebrate the festivity without following its religious elements, encouraging a sense of…

Egypt shows again that Muslims have most to fear from extremist Islamists

SHAFAQNA - It is not the first time that Egypt has seen attacks on mosques or other places of worship. But no one should be left in any confusion – Friday’s massacre was unprecedented. The Egyptian media are reporting in excess of 300 people…

Al-Wefaq condemns Friday’s carnage in Egyptian mosque

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SHAFAQNA - Bahrain’s Al-Wefaq National Islamic Society condemned Friday’s bomb and gun attack on a mosque in the Egyptian northern Sinai Peninsula, which killed at least 305 people. The terrorist attack, which is among the bloodiest in…

Al-Azhar Sheikh Calls Off Visit to Rohingya Refugee Camp

SHAFAQNA- Sheikh el-Tayeb had been planned to lead a senior delegation to Bangladesh but sent Abbas Shuman, al-Azhar’s deputy head instead. The decision came following Friday’s deadly terrorist attack on a mosque in Egypt. On Friday,…

SHAFAQNA- "Our thoughts and prayers are, and will continue to be with Egypt"

SHAFAQNA - At least 235 people have been killed after suspected militants set off a bomb and opened fire at a mosque in Egypt's restive northern Sinai province. The attack on Friday targeted supporters of the security forces attending prayers…

Al-Khoei Foundation offers heartfelt condolences to the Egyptian people

Shafaqna - Al-Khoei Foundation issued a statement denouncing  terrorist attack on worshippers in Egypt. The statement reads: attack on worshippers on Friday prayers today in Sinai, Egypt which resulted in the death of nearly 200 people and…

Coptic Christians Pelted With Rocks, Four Churches Closed as Government Treats Prayer 'as a Crime'

SHAFAQNA - Coptic Christians in Egypt have said that they have been pelted by rocks while the government in the southern province of Minya has closed down four churches this past month, much to the protest of the believers. "We stayed silent…

Quran manuscript museum planned in Egypt

SHAFAQNA - Egypt’s Awqaf ministry plans to launch a museum of handwritten Qurans, an official said. Jabir Tayi, director of the ministry’s religious affairs department, said some 4000 Quranic and Islamic manuscripts will be put on display…

Egypt has just qualified for Russia 2018 World Cup after defeating Congo

SHAFAQNA- After defeating Congo's national football team, Egypt has officially qualified for the 2018 FIFA World Cup for the first time since 1990. Egypt’s football star Mohamed Salah scored the opening goal in the game's 62nd minute.…

Saudi, allies threaten more measures against Qatar; Qatar: we’re too rich to be threatened

SHAFAQNA- Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain say they are ready to adopt more punitive measures against Qatar, following Doha’s rejection of their demands to end an ongoing feud. In their statement, which was released…