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Jamal Khashoggi case: New evidence suggest suspects had ties to Saudi government

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SHAFAQNA- Jamal Khashoggi's disappearance in Istanbul was organized by a high-ranking officer with the General Intelligence Presidency, Saudi Arabia's main intelligence service, three sources familiar with the case said. One of those sources…

Western Media companies, executives pull out of Saudis' business conference over disappearance of journalist

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SHAFAQNA- A growing list of Western executives and major  news media bail out of the annual investor conference scheduled to convene in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, this month following accusations that the Saudi government ordered the murder of a…
en shafaqna BEIJING IS LAUNCHING A MINI-MARSHALL PLAN FOR THE MIDDLE EAST

Beijing is launching a mini-Marshall Plan for the Middle East

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SHAFAQNA- As President Xi Jinping impels China to take a more active role internationally, the Middle East is becoming one of its key staging grounds. Beijing is launching a mini-Marshall Plan for the Middle East and North Africa. China and…

Iran oil exports can never be reduced to zero

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SHAFAQNA-  Saudi Arabia officials have been claiming they are able to offset Iranian losses in Oil export under U.S. pressure. But, Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh said that the market will never buy Saudi Arabia’s claim that it has been…

About 850 grave human rights violations by Bahraini regime in July

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SHAFAQNA: During the month of July, about 844 cases of grave human rights violations in Bahrain are revealed by an independent human rights group, as the ruling Al Khalifah regime relentlessly continues with its crackdown on human rights…

Talal Atrissi: many countries attempt rapprochement with Syria

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SHAFAQNA- Now situation in Syria is changing and many countries demand rapprochement with Damascus. Syrian Foreign Minister waleed Al-Muallem met with his Bahraini counterpart Khaled bin Ahmad Al-Khalifa at the headquarters of the United…

Al-Monitor: Saudi stability at lowest level in 50 years

SHAFAQNA-Mohammed bin Salman has a succession of successive and unobtrusive decisions inside and outside Saudi Arabia that has brought under question the future of Saudi Arabia, the Arabic-language al-Monitor reported. The report added,…

War on children: 164% rise in Civilian Casualties in Hodeidah

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SHAFAQNA - According to the Armed Conflict Location and Event Data project, civilian casualties in Yemen have raised 164 percent since June “dramatically” when the Saudi-led coalition launched its brutal siege against the Red Sea port city…

MBS to Trump: We’ve bought everything with money

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SHAFAQNA- Donald Trump has warned Saudi Arabia's King Salman he would not last “two weeks" without the backing of the US military. But Bin Salman noted that the two-week timeframe was “not accurate,” as Saudi Arabia existed long before…

Trump & King Salman discussed oil supply

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SHAFAQNA- Days after the U.S. president criticized OPEC for high oil prices at the United Nations General Assembly and he requested to stop raising prices, and to start lowering prices, Saudi state news agency SPA reported that Trump and Saudi…

'Arab NATO' is A Destructive Plan for Arab Countries

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SHAFAQNA- US President Donald Trump will split Arab countries with an effort to make a new coalition, Raialyoum newspaper wrote in an analysis of US plan to make an ‘Arab NATO’ in the Middle East. Arabian author and analyst Abdel Bari…

The most recent anit-Iran scenarios by United Against Nuclear Iran

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SHAFAQNA- A group of missions from Saudi Arabia, UAE, Israel and US gathering as the United Against Nuclear Iran (UANI), lobbied for regime change in Iran. According to Al jazeerah, The foreign minister of Saudi Arabia, the ambassador…

Terror attack on military parade in Ahvaz, Iran +Video

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SHAFAQNA- In a terrorist attack on a military parade in Iran’s southern city of Ahvaz on Saturday, ten people were killed and at least 20 people others injured , a provincial governor said.  Gunmen opened fire on people from behind a…

Photos: Raas Al-Hussein (P) Mosque in Cairo

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SHAFAQNA - The Al Hussein Mosque is one of the most sacred Islamic sites in Egypt and famously known for it’s housing the oldest complete manuscript of the Holy Qu’ran. It’s location is also in an immensely popular street of Cairo…

CANADA: Activists to call for an end to weapons sales to Saudi Arabia

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SHAFAQNA - Arms deals are not merely a financial transaction. They are a powerful expression of political support and partnership between two governments. When Stephen Harper signed the $15-billion arms deal with Saudi Arabia in 2014 – the…

After Saudi Slaughter of Yemeni Childrens, Madrid Cancels Arms Sale Deal with Riyadh

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SHAFAQNA-  The Spanish defense ministry canceled a €9.2-million deal to sell Saudis 400 precision bombs because 0f the Saudi-led coalition’s recent massacre of Yemeni kids. The Spanish Ministry of Defense announced on Monday that it…

You need to try Egyptian halal street-food startups now

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SHAFAQNA - My Salaam | by Ahmed Gabr: In the Middle East and Africa region, Egypt is the second only to Saudi Arabia  for consumer spending on eating out, with almost 12 per cent of the total value of the food-and-beverage industry in 2016.…

Arab nations invest more on US homes

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SHAFAQNA- While International investment, in both the national real estate market and New York City specifically, has been on the decline this year, there are more investment from Saudi Arabia because of their better relationship with Trump. Despite…

It Takes 581 Years to Get All the World’s Muslims to Hajj

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SHAFAQNA - This year for the hajj, the annual five-day pilgrimage that Muslims from around the world make to follow in the footsteps of the Prophet Muhammad, at least 1.7 million foreign pilgrims were in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. By…

Photos: Hajj pilgrimage 2018 in Mecca

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SHAFAQNA:  More than two million Muslims from around the world attended to this year's Hajj pilgrimage.                                                                               Read…

Yemen: the grotesque, shameful attack which killed 40 children

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SHAFAQNA - Of the 51 people who died in the Saudi airstrike on August 13, 40 were children. This strike was the worst attack on children since Yemen's brutal war escalated in 2015. Saudi Arabia denies targeting civilians and defended the incident…

State-run religious oppression - Saudi Arabia’s war against God

SHAFAQNA - If Saudi Arabia has long toed the line of religious oppression to placate an ever-more ‘demanding’ clergy, the kingdom’s campaign to disappear, that, which Islam holds dearest by way of memory, cultural, and religious heritage…

Eid Al Adha likely to begin on August 21st in Saudi Arabia

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SHAFAQNA - Eid Al Adha, The second biggest eid of Muslims, would likely to begin on August 21st in Saudi Arabia for this year 2018. Saudi Arabia’s Supreme Court on Thursday called for sighting the crescent of Dhul Hijja on Saturday evening.…

The big diplomatic war between Canada and Saudi Arabia

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SHAFAQNA - What began with a statement of concern over human rights has ballooned into the biggest diplomatic feud in years between Canada and Saudi Arabia. The clash between the two countries arose following Saudi Arabia’s move to detain…

Health during Hajj

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SHAFAQNA - Science mag | by Ziad A. Memish : Starting from 19 August, Saudi Arabia will host people from over 180 countries for 5 days for Hajj, the world's largest annual religious pilgrimage. Associated with this mass transnational movement…

Sixteen Indian women Broke tradition by going for Haj without male guardian

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SHAFAQNA - Shamshadabai Isarail Sayeed, 62, is among the first groups from Maharashtra to visit Haj, the annual pilgrimage to Muslim holy sites in Saudi Arabia, without a mehram (husband or male blood relation as guardian). She is worried about…

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…

Saudi teenager Mosaad Al-Dossary crowned FIFA eWorld Cup champion

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SHAFAQNA - The grand finale of the largest FIFA competition in history saw Saudi Arabia's Mosaad Al-Dossary winning the FIFA eWorld Cup on Saturday. Teenager Al-Dossary defeated Stefano Pena from Belgium in the finals held in London, claiming…