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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…

Water crisis in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA)

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SHAFAQNA - The Middle East and North Africa has become water stressed region in the world because it owns hottest and driest weather on earth and water withdrawals in some countries are more than the amount naturally available. Hence it faces…

UK Minister for the Middle East to visit the US and Saudi Arabia

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SHAFAQNA- UK Minister for the Middle East and North Africa Alistair Burt payed a four day visit to Washington (12th-13th July) and Riyadh (14th-15th July). During his visit to Washington he will meet with senior US policymakers working on…

Pope and Christian leaders gather to pray for peace in the Middle East

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SHAFAQNA- As war continues to threaten the Middle East, Pope Francis traveled to the southern Italian Adriatic port city of Bari, and dialogue with leaders of Catholic and Orthodox Christians and invites them to pray for peace in the Middle…

countries in the Middle East known as the Most Active on Social Media

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SHAFAQNA - Jordan and Lebanon has been ranked first and second as most frequent users of social media, Pew Research Center reported. People in the Middle East are the most frequent users of social media, according to a recent study made…

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…

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…

PEW: Global Rise of government restrictions and social hostilities against Muslims

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SHAFAQNA - In many countries around the world, the government imposed restrictions and hostilities on religious activities and limited freedom of religion that tend to target Muslims. In recent years, Restrictions on Muslims rose by governments…

Several Middle Eastern countries have been hit by Earthquake

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SHAFAQNA - An earthquake has hit Parts of Lebanon, Syria, Jordan and Palestine on Wednesday. According to gulf news, the aftershocks continued throughout the day. The official news agency in Lebanon reported that a tremor was recorded…

International Crisis Group's analysis on Middle East’s Coming War

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SHAFAQNA - Regional rivalries and heighten the risk of open conflict among the Middle East's dominant players maybe will devolve into yet another war in the region involving regional and global powers like the United States. The Belgium-based International…

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)…

Abu Dhabi known as smartest city in the Middle East

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SHAFAQNA- Abu Dhabi has been ranked first on Smart Cities list in Africa and the Middle East According to the McKinsey Global Institute. The study looked at how cities all over the world use technology to increase the quality of life across…

Saudi king agreed to Trump’s request to boost oil production

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SHAFAQNA - US President Donald Trump said in a tweet that he persuaded Saudi Arabia's King Salman to increase oil output "maybe up to" two million barrel. The world's top oil exporter plans to pump as much as 11 million barrels per day (bpd)…

The Political Impact of Social Media on the Middle East

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SHAFAQNA - Social media as a political tool came of age in the Middle East well before it was a major contender in American politics. When the Arab Spring erupted in 2011, the U.S. was still years away from maintaining an official Twitter account…

UK Christian charity: Stop stereotyping Christians in the Middle East as victim

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SHAFAQNA - UK Christian charity Embrace the Middle East is calling for Christians in the region to be celebrated instead of stereotyped as victims. The charity says labelling the believers in the region this way is both unhelpful and degrading. Explaining…

Guinness World Records launches Arabic website for MENA applicants

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SHAFAQNA - Guinness World Records has seen the number of applicants from the MENA region increase by 283% since it opened its first office in the UAE in 2012. In this regard, Global authority on record breaking launches Arabic website to cater…

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…

Which country is the most reputable one in the Middle East?

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SHAFAQNA - The UAE was ranked 36th in the ranking of world's most reputable countries while outperforms countries such as Qatar, Turkey and Saudi Arabia. The UAE continues to enjoy the status of the most reputable country in the Middle…

Pope Francis warned on the risk of eliminating Christians from the Middle East

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SHAFAQNA - Pope Francis warned that there is the risk of “eliminating Christians” from the Middle East.  Speaking to a group that assists Eastern Christian Churches, Pope Francis warns of the risk that Christians could be eliminated…

Rise of violence against shia muslims in South Africa: some withdraw from the Cape Accord

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SHAFAQNA - In South Africa, Shia Muslims face violence by their religious identity. Earlier this month, the Cape Accord – a document meant to encourage peace and unity and eradicate extremism – was signed in Cape Town by several Islamic…

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…

Prince William’s Middle East tour to build a relationship with the people of the region

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SHAFAQNA - Metro| by Amy Duncan : While Kate Middleton remains on maternity leave, Prince William is preparing to head on his first solo tour to the Middle East. It is the first time a member of the British Royal Family has officially…

In eastern Iraq, a small town builds weightlifting champions

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SHAFAQNA - Arabian Business :A 1993 weightlifting training centre is keeping the competitive sport alive some 200 km east of Baghdad.  While some towns in Iraq are known for producing oil or textiles, Badra boasts its own special conveyer…

Trump White House under fire for lack of Muslim-American representation at Ramadan celebration

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SHAFAQNA - VOX | by Tara Isabella burton: The White House hosted its first Iftar dinner after declining to hold it last year. Wednesday night, to commemorate the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, the Trump White House hosted its first Iftar dinner…

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…

Moheb Ali: Iraqis are looking for improving their position in Arab world

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SHAFAQNA - The future of Iraqi government probably will not be strong and stable, according to a former Iranian diplomat, who also believes the Iraqis are looking for improving their position in the Arab world and the Arab union and also their…

Turkey vows to bring Israel to ICC over Gaza carnage, Tel Aviv says Ankara will be there first

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SHAFAQNA - Turkey suggested that Palestine appeals to the International Criminal Court over Israeli actions in Gaza, saying “crimes against humanity” should not remain unanswered. Tel Aviv said Turkey will appear there first. “Israel…

Syria - 80% of Raqqa's buildings destroyed says the UN

SHAFAQNA - The United Nations confirmed that Raqqa city is living in tragic conditions, noting that 70 to 80 % of its buildings were devastated. “The UN assessment mission visited Raqqa city on April 1 to assess the humanitarian situation…