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World Cup 2018: Iran has still a chance to knockout stage

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SHAFAQNA - Diego Costa breaks tie in 54th minute; Spain and Portugal have four points in Group B Diego Costa scored on a deflection to lead Spain to a 1-0 win over Iran on Wednesday at the World Cup. Costa broke the deadlock in the 54th…

Iran vs. Spain: If all goes well Carlos Queiroz will have secured his reputation

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SHAFAQNA: Iran is now at top of Group B and has a high chance of advancing to the knockout stage for the first time in their history.  If all goes well versus Spain, and then against Portugal, Carlos Queiroz will have secured his reputation…

Iran-Iraq coordination to reach an accord on tourism

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SHAFAQNA - MNA : “2.3 million Iranians visit Iraq annually without taking into account the millions of Iranian pilgrims who travel to Iraq for Arbaeen rituals,” Hamid Mohammadi told Mehr News Agency correspondent on Tuesday. Mohammadi…

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…

Iran's response to Tramp: Iran has changed their attitude toward the US government more than the past

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SHAFAQNA - After the withdrawing the US from the Iran nuclear deal, less conversations or statements from Tramp heard in which there is no mention of Iran or threatening Iran. The US president recently said in a conversation with Fox News that…

Iran-Iraq trade balance hit $10b: Envoy

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SHAFAQNA - IRNA:  The value of trade exchanges between Tehran and Baghdad reached ten billion dollars for a one-year period, Iran's ambassador to Iraq announced on Wednesday. There are many historical, cultural and political commonalities…

In Saudi Arabia, Public Opinion about Israel Is Shifting

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SHAFAQNA - Mosaic Magazine : While the growing cooperation between [Tel Aviv] and Riyadh, especially regarding the threat to both posed by Iran, is hardly a secret, it has generally stayed out of public view and has not been reflected in popular…

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…

Shia Muslims shape 20 percent of global Muslim population

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SHAFAQNA – World Atlas : There are 1.6 billion Muslims around the world with Shia Muslims accounting for almost 20%. While most global Muslims are Sunni, a handful of countries have Shia majorities or pluralities. These countries are…

Rouhani-Putin emphasis on successful cooperation in Syrian conflict

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SHAFAQNA - Despite Israeli claims about rising tensions between Iran and Russia in Syria, the Presidents of these two nations talked about their successful cooperation in Syrian conflict. President Vladimir Putin noted specific results of the…

Haaretz: Qatar Crisis Weakened the U.S. in the Middle East

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SHAFAQNA - Haaretz : At a time when the United States hopes to exert maximum pressure on Iran, a regional bloc created by Persian Gulf Arab countries to counter Tehran looks increasingly more divided ahead of the anniversary of the diplomatic…

IAEA's Record number of Nuclear Inspections in Iran

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SHAFAQNA - Bloomberg | by Jonathan Tirone and Ladane Nasseri : Iran has room to cooperate further with international inspectors who have conducted a record number of snap visits last year, according to a top diplomat, as doubts about the…

Ayatollah Khamenei: "Al-Quds is capital of Palestine and US cannot do a single thing"

SHAFAQNA - Leader of Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei said that Palestinian liberation is a divine tradition. Speaking in a glorious ceremony held in Hosseiniyah of Imam Khomeini (RA) in the presence of reciters, memorizers…

Iranian women's futsal team on Hijab won the AFC championship

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SHAFAQNA-iranian women's futsal (arena football) team won the AFC championship for a second time, with a 5-2 win against japan. Defending champions Iran claimed a historic second successive win at the Asian Football Confederation Women's Futsal…

INTERVIEW WITH ARCHBISHOP LEO BOCCARDI APOSTOLIC NUNCIO OF THE HOLY SEE (VATICAN AMBASSADOR) TO THE ISLAMIC REPUBLIC OF IRAN

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SHAFAQNA- 1. Can you please introduce yourself and give your general background?   For  those  who  read  and  understand  their  life  with  faith  it  is  natural  to  discover  the plan of God for their life.…

French Pilgrims: "I wish to be servant of Imam Reza Holy Shrine"

SHAFAQNA - Taha Hussain, a French pilgrim, said, "I would like to serve the pilgrims of Imam Reza (AS) as a servant of this holy shrine." Taha Hussein, in a meeting with officials at the Astan Quds Razavi International Affairs Center, said,…

Islam and Iran Cinema Flourish in FIFF

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SHAFAQNA - The relationship between media, politics and the public around the world heavily depended on the media and artistic medium like cinema and television. That explains why the US invests heavily on the media to manipulate the narration…

Senegal Introduces Contenders in Iran Int’l Quran Contests

SHAFAQNA - According to the Iranian Cultural Center in Dakar, they will take part in the recitation and memorization categories of the international Quran competitions for men, women, and seminary students. Ms Maymouna Lu will be the West…

Qom to host annual book fair

SHAFAQNA - In a meeting with the chairman of the Organization of Culture and Islamic Guidance in the Province of Qom, senior cleric Ayatollah Alireza Arafi thanked the authorities for holding the international religious book fair in Qom saying,…

Iran Embassy Violently Attacked In London

SHAFAQNA- A shia extremists affiliated to Ayatollah Sadeq Shirazi  attacked the Iranian embassy premises in London tonight. The Iranian Ambassador to the UK has confirmed that this attack was *NOT* stopped by UK police. In an extremist…

US Winks, Israel Bites? Shifting Middle East Alliances. The War on Iran is “On Hold”? The Escalation Scenario

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SHAFAQNA- By Prof Michel Chossudovsky In 2003, the war on Iran project was already Déjà Vu. It had been on the drawing board of the Pentagon since the mid-nineties.  Since the launching of the Theater Iran Near Term (TIRANNT) war…

First death anniversary of late Ayatollah Rafsanjani held in Tehran

SHAFAQNA - The first death anniversary of chairman of the Iranian Expediency Council Ayatollah Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani was held in Tehran on Thursday with the participation of a number of senior officials. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani,…

France reinvents itself a power-broker in the Greater Middle East against US belligerence

SHAFAQNA - At the height of France’ Algerian crisis (June 4, 1958) General Charles de Gaulle delivered a speech which very much defined his country’s political future, and forever enshrined the notion that France’s colonial adventures…

Media propaganda and political maneuvering against Iran - shaping lies as realities

SHAFAQNA - “Free speech, exercised both individually and through a free press, is a necessity in any country where people are themselves free.” - Theodore Roosevelt Enshrined in British law in both Articles 10 and 11 of the Human Rights…

Indian ambassador to Iran visits Lady Masuma Holy Shrine

SHAFAQNA - Indian ambassador to Iran Mr Saurabh Kumar and his accompanying delegation paid a visit to Lady Masuma (sa) Shrine in Qom on Wednesday, January 3, during which he became familiar with different departments and courtyards of this…

UN's envoy condemns US interference in Iran's internal affairs

SHAFAQNA - Iranian Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations Gholamali Khoshrou deplored Washington's meddling in Iran's internal affairs through its support for the recent riots. Khoshrou made the remarks in a Wednesday…

Ayatollah Jannati: Recent unrests in Iran part of foreign plot

SHAFAQNA - Recent unrests in Iran is part of a foreign plot, the secretary of Iran's Guardian Council said on Wednesday. 'Sworn enemies' of Iran like Saudi Arabia, the US, Israel and the UK support during the unrests showed that they aim…

Iranians hold nationwide rallies to denounce riots, support Islamic Republic

SHAFAQNA - People from all walks of life held rallies across the country on Wednesday to denounce riots and support Islamic Republic. The demonstrators renewed their allegiance to the Islamic establishment and slammed the recent violent…