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French FM visits holy shrine of Imam Ali (A.S) +Photos

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SHAFAQNA- During his two-day trip to Iraq, France’s Jean-Yves Le Drian visited holy shrine of Imam Ali (A.S) and also met with Ayatollah Mohammad Said al-Hakim, one of Iraq's top four Shiite clerics in Najaf on Tuesday, the first visit to…

Mourning ceremony of Lady Fatima al-Zahra (S.A) in Paris

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SHAFAQNA- Al-Khoei Association in Paris, France commemorated the martyrdom of Lady Fatima al-Zahra (S.A) on the 40th day of the prophet Muhammed’s martyrdom with the participation of Dr Murtada al-Khaliq and the reciter Mulla Muntadhar al-Saedi.

Imam Ali's (A.S) Holy Shrine visited by Catholic Clerks, Scientists, and Researchers from around the world

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SHAFAQNA- Imam Ali Network: A group of catholic clerks, scientists and researchers specialized in Islamic studies had the honor of visiting the Imam Ali (PBUH) Holy Shrine. The employees of the Public Relations Department received them hospitably…

Is 'Gilets Jaunes' a French version of a much more global phenomenon?

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SHAFAQNA | by Nasibeh Yazdani - In his first speak to the French people after four weeks of anti-government protest (gilets jaunes) movement, Macron said he took his "share of responsibility" for the anger in France and promise to respond…

US withdrawal from JCPOA is a blow to Europe security

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SHAFAQNA- Former French spokesperson Mark Finno said the fact that the Trump government unilaterally declared its withdrawal from JCPOA and Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) was actually considered as a blow to European security. Finno,…

Islamic scholar wins bail in France rape case

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SHAFAQNA- Tariq Ramadan, a leading Islamic scholar held in France since February on charges he raped two women, on Thursday (Nov 15) won conditional release after testifying in an appeals court. A Paris appeals court grants prominent Islamic…

Will EU adhere to its "Common Position" for selling arms to Saudi Arabia?

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SHAFAQNA- Public opinion across the EU takes a decisive hard line against arming human rights-abusing regimes, yet weapons manufactured in Europe continue to be used in conflict and atrocities by Saudi Arabia and others. Now, the European…

Infographics: 10 Key dates of The First World War

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SHAFAQNA: World War I, also called First World War or Great War, an international conflict that in 1914–18 embroiled most of the nations of Europe along with Russia, the United States, the Middle East, and other regions. The war pitted…

JCPOA and the future of international relations

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SHAFAQNA- Donald Trump unilaterally withdrew from the Iran nuclear deal in May. The US withdrawal from the nuclear deal struck between Iran and main powers is “doomed” to significantly have an effect on peace and safety within the Center…

Swiss open criminal case against Islamic scholar Tariq Ramadan

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SHAFAQNA- Islamic scholar Tariq Ramadan, who has been arrested in France since February on rape charges, is facing a new accusation of rape in Switzerland. The Tribune de Geneve newspaper quoted Henri Della Casa, a spokesperson for the office…

British Government do not support a ban on wearing the veil in public

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SHAFAQNA- Boris Johnson has sparked anger by claiming that women wearing burkas look like letter boxes and bank robbers. His comments have been furiously condemned by Muslim leaders and Labour, with MP David Lammy branding him a ‘pound-shop…

The Atlantic's report on Banning Muslim Veils across Europe 

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SHAFAQNA- Denmark has passed a ban on face veils in public which widely understood to be targeting Muslim face veil like the burqa and niqab. The Atlantic reports about this law in Denmark and other European countries and its effect on Muslim community…

France arrested 3 suspects over plot to attack Muslims

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SHAFAQNQ - According to French daily Le Figaro, two men and one woman- has arrested by the Internal Security Directorate in France and an investigation has opened into three suspects for over a terrorist plot to attack Muslims. Last month,…

Photos of Iraq Captured in the Second Half of 20th Century

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SHAFAQNA: Mr. Latif Al Ani is regarded as the founder of Iraqi photography. His pictures are mostly in black and white from everyday moments of Iraqi life, in a time between the revolutions, coups and wars that shaped modern Iraq, to show the…

E3 agree to establish non-dollar trade with Iran: Russia’s Lavrov

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SHAFAQNA - ISNA : Major European countries party to nuclear negotiations with Iran – France, Germany, and the UK – have agreed to maintain trade with Tehran independent from the US dollar, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said. European…

World powers support Iran’s continued oil and gas exports despite US threats

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Shafaqna- European powers including China and Russia, said that they support Iran’s right to export oil and gas, despite threats of sanctions by the US. According to US News, five world powers have agreed with Iran to forge ahead with negotiations…

Alireza Faghani: Too soon to talk about officiating World Cup final

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SHAFAQNA - Iranian referee Alireza Faghani said that he goes through competitions match by match and its too soon to talk about officiating 2018 World Cup final. Alireza Faghani together with linesmen Reza Sokhandan and Mohammad Mansouri…

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…

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…

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…

US Foreign Policy in Crisis

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SHAFAQNA - Iranian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mohammad Javad Zarif wrote in response to Mike Pompeo's claims about Iran:  Following the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the Paris Climate Accord, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA)…

French special forces on the ground in Yemen

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SHAFAQNA - Middle East Monitor : French special forces are present on the ground in Yemen with forces from the United Arab Emirates, French newspaper Le Figaro reported on Saturday, citing two military source. The newspaper gave no further…

President Assad: US and UK existence in Syria is invasion

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SHAFAQNA - IRNA: President Bashar al-Assad said that the UK publicly supported the White Helmets that are a branch of Al Qaeda and Jabhat al-Nusra in different areas of Syria, stressing that Syria considers the White Helmets to be a PR stunt…

French Muslim student in media storm over headscarf

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SHAFAQNA - A Muslim student at one of France's top universities has found herself at the centre of a media storm after she appeared in a documentary wearing a headscarf. Maryam Pougetoux had appeared in the film to talk about student protests…

France remains a target for radicals - foiled terror plot

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SHAFAQNA - French police have arrested two Egyptian-born brothers who they believe were plotting an attack using either explosives or the lethal poison ricin, Interior Minister Gerard Collomb said on Friday. Ricin is a naturally occurring…

Anger in France as factions call for Quran to be redacted

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SHAFAQNA - A French manifesto calling for certain passages of the Quran to be removed on the grounds of rising anti-Semitism sparked anger Monday from Muslims who said their religion was being unfairly "put on trial". The open letter published…

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…

Over Half of French People Say Islam is Compatible with Their Society: Survey

SHAFAQNA- The survey results, which were published today by the French weekly newspaper, Le Journal Du Dimanche, show that the majority of French people think that Islam is compatible with their society, while 43 percent believe the opposite. A…