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Iran shares the UN's concern and seeks to avert disaster in Idlib

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SHAFAQNA - An Iranian senior official said Iran seeks to avert disaster in Syria's Idlib. "Iran shares the United Nations’ concern about a potential humanitarian catastrophe in Syria’s Idlib province and will seek to avert…

Lebanon and Syria to extend tourism and economic relations

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SHAFAQNA- Abdullah al-Gharbi, The Syrian Internal Trade and Consumer Protection Minister, discussed about commercial and economic relations between Syria and Lebanon, with Lebanese Agriculture Minister Ghazi Zaiter and Industry Minister Hussein…

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…

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…

Syria to receive high-tech medical equipment from Japan

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SHAFAQNA- IRNA: A shipment of high-tech medical equipment whose value is more than USD 12 million  provided by the Japanese Government for the public hospitals, was granted to the Health and Higher Education Ministries on Thursday. WHO’s…

US government will reject the Palestinian right of return

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SHAFAQNA- The Trump administration will, in coming days, reject the UN definition of "Palestinian refugees" effectively snubbing the "right of return" of millions of Palestinian refugees to their homes.  The US government will "effectively"…

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…

Muslim couple denied Swiss citizenship after handshake refusal

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SHAFAQNA - A Muslim couple showed great difficulty in answering questions asked by people of the opposite sex, when they sat down for a meeting with a municipal commission in the Swiss city of Lausanne, the city’s mayor said. So they were…

Bloomberg: Chinese Paper Says Muslim Region Crackdown Prevented Another Syria

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SHAFAQNA- Bloomberg News : A Communist Party-run newspaper issued a harsh rebuke to criticism of China’s security crackdown on its Muslim-dominated frontier, arguing that authorities had saved the region from becoming another Syria, According…

Quran Memorizers Honored in Syria

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SHAFAQNA - IQNA: A ceremony was recently held in the Syrian city of al-Bab in Aleppo province to honor kids who have memorized the Quran. The children had been displaced from Eastern Ghouta, an area near the Syrian capital of Damascus that…

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…

Arab public have pessimistic attitude towards Trump's foreign policy

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SHAFAQNA - The Arab Centre for Research and Policy Studies in Doha, Qatar released the results of a public opinion poll that showed Arab public pessimism towards US foreign policy in the region, specifically on the question of Palestine, as…

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…

Shia Rights Watch: 2,805 incidents of anti-Shiism in the first half of 2018

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SHAFAQNA - Shia Rights Watch: The first half of 2018 saw 2,805 incidents of anti-Shiism take place in over a dozen countries. Anti-Shiism is extended to June, and compared to May, the number of people killed and wounded has almost tripled.…

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…

The world is facing a real humanitarian crisis in southern Syria

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SHAFAQNA - United Nations says number of displaced in south-west Syria has reached 270,000. The number of people forced to flee their homes as a result of the two week escalation in fighting .The world is facing a real humanitarian crisis…

UN demand immediate end to military operations in Southwest Syria

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SHAFAQNA - The Spokesman for UN Secretary‑General António Guterres late Friday Called for an immediate stop of military operations in south‑western Syria and its devastating toll on civilians. Noting that the southwest area of Syria…

Washington told Syrian rebels it won’t intervene in southern Syria

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SHAFAQNA - The United States has told Syrian rebel factions “You're on your own” and should not expect military support to assist them resist a major government offensive to regain strategic area of southern Syria bordering Jordan and the…

Damascus urges Iraq to reopen border crossing with Syria

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SHAFAQNA - Iraqi News | by Nehal Mostafa: The Iraqi Foreign Minister has received a message from his Syrian counterpart over intensifying efforts to re-open the border crossing between the two countries from west of Anbar in Iraq and al-Bu…

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…

President Assad: US and UK existence in Syria is invasion

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SHAFAQNA - IRNA: President Bashar al-Assad said that the UK publicly supported the White Helmets that are a branch of Al Qaeda and Jabhat al-Nusra in different areas of Syria, stressing that Syria considers the White Helmets to be a PR stunt…

Seven Shia Muslims martyred while defending in Syria

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SHAFAQNA - Abna24 : Seven people martyred including one civilian, and two other civilians were injured in terrorist attacks with sniper and macinegun fire on the terrorist-besieged Shiite towns of al-Fouaa and Kefraya in northern countryside…

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…

Syrians return home to spend Ramadan holiday

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SHAFAQNA - Anadolu Agency | by Handan Kazanci: 39,000 Syrians have already returned to liberated areas in Syria, says Turkish migration official.   Thousands of Syrian refugees are returning to their home country for the Ramadan holiday…

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…

Mass Grave Uncovered in Syria’s Raqqah

SHAFAQNA - A mass grave containing around 50 bodies was uncovered in the northern Syrian city of Raqqah which was held by the Daesh (ISIL or ISIS) terror group and regarded as its so-called capital. The graves located under a football pitch…

Assad returns French Legion of Honor medal

SHAFAQNA - Syrian President Bashar Assad has surrendered his Legion of Honor award, France’s most prestigious decoration, given to him by Jacques Chirac in 2001, saying he will not wear honors bestowed by a “slave country” that bombs…