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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…

Quran Memorization Competition Held in Italy

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SHAFQNA-A Quran competition was recently held in Italy with the participation of 120 Quran memorizers. According to hqmi.org.sa website, the Quran Association of Italy organized the Quranic event, in which men and women competed in two…

Italy to train Muslim imams on country's constitution to improve integration and fight terrorism

SHAFAQNA - Muslim imams in Italy are to be enrolled on a course educating them about the national constitution, in a bid to improve integration and fight radicalisation. The Italian government hopes the course will help "create a climate…

Muslims in Italy are celebrating Christmas - Here's why

SHAFAQNA - ITALY’S MUSLIM REFUGEES ARE JOINING IN ON CHRISTMAS FESTIVITIES TO ASSIMILATE INTO THE CULTURE. In a country where 95 percent of the population is Catholic, any other religious group is clearly a minority. However, the population…

Destruction as 6.6 earthquake strikes central Italy

SHAFAQNA - A mighty earthquake has hit central Italy, shaking buildings as far away as Rome. Reports on the magnitude varied from 6.5 to 7.1. This comes only three days after two more tremors shook the region on Wednesday, leaving villages…

Muslims demand Italy recognizes more mosques

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SHAFAQNA- Hundreds of Muslims prayed in front of Rome’s Colosseum on Friday in protest at the closure of unofficial mosques. They called on city authorities to protect their religious rights and demanded legal status for prayer rooms in…
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How Italy’s flawed hotspots are creating thousands of “clandestini”

SHAFAQNA - In Italy, the first ‘hotspot’ for screening migrants and asylum seekers opened last September on the island of Lampedusa. Seven months later, critics say the system is excluding migrants from official reception systems and encouraging…

'Muslim refugees can't pray in church': Italian bishop

SHAFAQNA- The bishop of Pistoia, Tuscany, has slammed two priests for allowing Muslim refugees to pray inside the parish church of Vicofaro. Fathers Massimo Biancalani and Alessandro Carmignani announced the initiative late last week,…

Italy covers up naked statues and bans wine for visit of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani

SHAFAQNA- Italian authorities covered up naked statues exhibited at a world-famous museum in Rome for an official visit of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. Rouhani toured the Musei Capitolini (Capitoline Museums) – which hosts a huge…

Italy hopeful Iran will resume positive influence in international community

SHAFAQNA - Italian President Sergio Mattarella expressed pleasure over the visit of President Rouhani to Rome, saying Tehran plays a ‘highly significant’ role in regional and international relations. Italian President Sergio Mattarella…

Italy's Muslims invite Pope to visit Rome's main mosque

SHAFAQNA - Representatives of Italy's Muslim community have invited Pope Francis to visit the main mosque in Rome, just days after Francis paid his respects at the capital's main synagogue in a sign of interfaith friendship. The Vatican…

Italy Drives Muslims Underground

SHAFAQNA - Every day around noon a group of four or five men roll out a faded red prayer rug on the sidewalk about midway down the narrow one-way Via Aurelio Saffi that leads from the Janiculum Hill to the medieval district of Trastevere. They…

Italy closes Musa Sadr case - prominent Shia cleric

SHAFAQNA - Italy’s prosecutor general shut the book on the 1978 disappearance of prominent Shia cleric Musa Sadr, concluding that Libya’s former dictator Muammar Gaddafi was behind his the disappearance. The prosecutor general said that…