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Iraqi demonstrators chanted slogans in support of Iran

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SHAFAQNA- Iraqis have staged a march in the southern city of Basra to condemn a recent attack on Iran’s consulate in the city. Demonstrators chanted slogans in support of Iran and praised the country’s help to the Iraqi military and volunteer…

Photos: Cities of Iran are Prepared for Muharram Mourning Rituals

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SHAFAQNA- Iqna:  In cities and towns across Iran, Shia Muslims are prepared for holding mourning rituals in the month of Muharram, marking the martyrdom anniversary of Imam Hussein (AS) and his faithful companions in the 680AD Battle of Karbala. …

A large part of Iraq protests are in the result of foreign excitements-Interview

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SHAFAQNA- "The situation in Iraq has generally changed since the fall of Saddam; the Iraqis become close to Iran somehow with holding the elections after Ayad Allawi," Dr. Hossein Rabiee, Professor of Geopolitics in Kharazmi University, told Shafaqna…

Iran calls for maximum penalty for rioters burning its consulate in Basra

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SHAFAQNA - Oil-rich Basra has been the epicentre of protests that have rocked Iraq since July, with anger fuelled by pollution of the water supply that left 30,000 people in hospital. Angry protesters stormed the Iranian consulate in the southern…

Ayatollah Khamenei received Erdogan and Putin

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SHAFAQNA - Following the end of Tehran trilateral summit on Syrian settlement, Iranian Leader Ayatollah Khamenei received Turkish President Erdogan and Russian President Putin in separate meetings.  Leader of Islamic Revolution Ayatollah…

Iran, Turkey presidents discussed bilateral relations

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SHAFAQNA- Iranian and Turkish presidents met on Friday afternoon and discussed bilateral relations as well as the Syria crisis and regional developments. The meeting between Rouhani and Erdogan occurred on the sidelines of a summit of Iranian,…

Rouhani: Fight against terrorism is essential issue until eradication of all terrorist groups in Syria

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SHAFAQNA- The tripartite meeting between Russia, Turkey and Iran held today Friday in Tehran to discuss the situation in the Syrian province of Idleb and restoration of peace in the Arab state as Syrian government forces prepares a large-scale…

Russia: UN Security Council should review Trump’s withdrawal from Iran nuclear deal

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SHAFAQNA - United Nations Security Council diplomats should review Trump’s withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal at a coming high-level meeting in New York, according to a senior Russian diplomat. Russia’s Deputy UN Ambassador Dmitry…

Iran called for militants to be “cleaned out” of Syria’s Idlib province

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SHAFAQNA - Iran's foreign minister said at the start of a visit to Damascus that "terrorists must be purged" from Syria's Idlib and the entire northwestern province returned to government control. The visit comes days before the leaders of…

Manuscripts about Imam Ali (A.S) in Tehran Exhibition

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SHAFAQNA- IQNA: Tehran hosted an exhibition of manuscripts about the first Shia Imam, Imam Ali (AS). The Malek National Museum and Library is hosting the expo, titled Amir Raah (commander of the path). It features various handwritten…

Mongolia's Halal meat exports on the path to growth

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SHAFAQNA- Mongolia has an estimated 30 million sheep - more than New Zealand - but has until recently only managed to export a thin slice of its overall meat output. It hopes that will change as it taps overseas appetite for halal mutton from…

Photos: Hamedan, Asian Tourism hub in 2018

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SHAFAQNA- ISNA: The province of Hamadan in central Iran, was picked as Asia Tourism hub in 2018 by Asia Cooperation Dialogue (ACD) . Hamadan is set to host two major international events which can serve as good opportunities to make…

Halal Travel in Madrid

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SHAFAQNA- Esmadrid: Madrid is a great halal destination for a holiday, business trip or a city break. It has plenty of Muslim-friendly services that take into consideration their necessities regarding food and other actions that are not allowed…

A Quran Competition will be held for Afghan Nationals in Rey

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SHAFAQNA - IQNA : Hazrat Abdul Azim Hassani (AS) mausoleum in the city of Rey, south of Tehran, will host the second Quran competition for Afghan citizens residing in Iran. The Astan of Hazrat Abdul Azim Hassani (AS) mausoleum will organize…

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi called on followers to keep up attacks against Shi’ite Muslims

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SHAFAQNA : In a new 54 minute long speech for the ‘Eid Al-Adha holiday, the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) leader, Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi, instructed his followers to keep fighting, despite their several setbacks across Syria, Iraq, and…

How "smart hajj" can help pilgrims?

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SHAFAQNA - over 2 million Muslim from all over the world descend on Makkah this week to take part in the Hajj. Hajj begins on the eighth day of Dhu Al Hijjah, which falls on August 19 this year. It will end on August 24. By Thursday,…

How different countries celebrate Eid al-Adha?

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SHAFAQNA - Eid al-Adha, also known as "Feast of Sacrifice" or "Big Eid", is an Islamic religious festival to commemorate the willingness of Ibrahim to follow God's command to sacrifice his son. Muslims around the world observe this event. This…

Iran's Supreme Leader: “There will be no war, and we will not negotiate with the US”

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SHAFAQNQ - Commenting on the US President’s offer of negotiations, Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei said on Sunday “There will be no war, and we will not negotiate.” Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei said "The U.S. has…

Turkey's Yivli Minaret eyes UNESCO world heritage list

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SHAFAQNA - The eight centuries-old Yivli Minaret, which is a landmark and symbol of Turkey's southern tourism capital Antalya, aims to be included in UNESCO's World Heritage list. The historical piece, whose six-domed worship place attracts…

the office for the protection of Iran interests will open in Saudi Arabia

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SHAFAQNA - Saudi Arabia has agreed to admit an Iranian diplomat to head an office representing Iranian interests in the kingdom. Saudi Arabia broke off diplomatic relations with its long-time regional rival, Iran, in 2016 following attack…

Meeting with Trump would be very hard for Iran

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SHAFAQNA - It would be very hard for Iran’s political leaders to meet with Trump, given his opposition to the nuclear accord they spent years negotiating, his travel ban that effects many Iranians interested in studying or working in the…

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…

Iran students rank 2nd in int'l math contest

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SHAFAQNA - IRNA:  Iranian students ranked second in the World Mathematics Invitational (WMI). WMI 2018 was held on July 12-16 at Yonsei University, South Korea. In this edition of the contest, the Iranian team comprising 54 male and…

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…

Syria and Iran on Trump-Putin talks in Helsinki

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SHAFAQNA - Donald Trump met one-on-one with Russia's Vladimir Putin behind closed doors on Monday in Helsinki. Both leaders expressed confidence that Russia and the United States were entering a period of better relations and cooperation on…

Iran crowned at World Junior Wushu Champs in Brazil

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SHAFAQNA - IRNA :  For the first time, Young Iranian Wushu team ranked first in World Junior Wushu Championships in Taolu and Sanda competitions, held in Brasilia on Monday. The Iranian practitioners bagged 11 gold, eight silver and seven…

Photos: Badarak Ritual Ceremony at Saint Titus Church

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SHAFAQNA: The annual ritual ceremony of Holy Liturgy or Soorp Badarak, held at Saint Titus Church in Iran's Chaldoran city of Western Azerbaijan Province. This ceremony held on Saturday, with the presence of many Christians from Iran, Frence,…

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…