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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…

Expansion of Anti-Shia Laws in Bahrain

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SHAFAQNA - Shia Rights Watch | by Hannah Westphall :        After 9/11, the US adopted an ideology of “war on terror,” a systematic campaign using a variety of legislative and judicial methods designed to target extremist groups bent…

NATO summit comes ahead of Trump’s direct meeting with Putin

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SHAFAQN — President Trump ripped into NATO allies on Wednesday, slamming Germany for its dependence on Russian energy and demanding that nations double their military spending commitments. Ultimately however, the group resolved differences…

US Imposes New Sanctions on Iranian airlines

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SHAFAQNA - US imposes new sanctions on Iranian airlines and companies associated with them, after Donald Trump withdrew from the nuclear deal, to increase economic pressure on Iran and isolate Iran in the world. Mahan Travel and Tourism,…

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…

Rouhani: US plan for Iran oil export may impact regional exports

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SHAFAQNA - Iranian president in Switzerland and Austria discussed boosting Tehran's ties with Europe which has been scrambling to save the 2015 nuclear deal. Hassan Rouhani said that the Iranian nation has never bowed and will never bow to…

Hindu nationalists in India use hate politics to scapegoat religious minorities

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SHAFAQNA - Mehr News Agency | by Syed Zafar Mehdi : Indian analyst Prof. Dibyesh Anand says that Hindu nationalists in India use hate politics to scapegoat religious minorities, especially Muslims, so that majority of Hindus would think if…

Saudi-US coalition massacres 13 Yemenis

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SHAFAQNA - The jet fighters of Saudi-US coalition have massacred 13 Yemenis over the past 24 hours. According to Yemen News Agency (SABA), the coalition has bombed six Yemeni provinces 47 times over the past 24 hours. The coalition killed…

Is acquittal of Sheikh Ali Salman a sign of reform in Bahrain?

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SHAFAQNA - Acquittal of Bahrain Shia opposition leader Sheikh Ali Salman could be a sign for an end to repression against majority Shia population. Bahrainis rose up against the regime in 2011, calling for a constitutional monarchy and an…

USA called Bahrain government to release Shaikh Ali Salman

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SHAFAQNA - The detention of Shaikh Ali Salman led to widespread protests across the Bahrain Kingdom, which has been criticized by rights groups and governments alike, including Washington.   Washington has called upon the government of Bahrain…

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…

Muslim-American food truck owners fast during Ramadan, no matter how much chicken they smell all day

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SHAFAQNA - Business Insider| by Shirin Jaafari : Fasting can be tough for pretty much anyone. But what about the men and women who are fasting during daylight hours and spend all day preparing and serving food to the public? This question…

Rouhani: a secure and stable Afghanistan is a must for regional security

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SHAFAQNA - ISNA: President Rouhani described a secure and stable Afghanistan a must for regional security and development and stressed that Tehran always supports peace and stability in Afghanistan.    President Rouhani described a secure…

In the US, Muslims are making slow inroads toward a greener Ramadan

SHAFAQNA - Neekta Hamidi usually gets a few strange looks when she sits down for an iftar, the evening meal that breaks the Ramadan fast, at her mosque in Boston. Her fellow worshippers are digging into disposable plates piled with rice…

15 Percent Rise in Anti-Muslim Hate Crimes in US

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SHAFAQNA - Hate crimes targeting US Muslims rose 15 percent in 2017, the second year of increases, according to a study released on Monday by advocacy group the Council on American-Islamic Relations. CAIR attributed the increase in part…

US Muslims launch political campaigns against Trump

SHAFAQNA - Muslims who reside in the United States have launched different political campaigns against President Donald Trump's "oppressive" policies on the community, ahead of the gubernatorial elections scheduled in November this year. Various…

Sotheby’s Auctions Islamic Art Pieces, Rare Qurans

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SHAFAQNA - New York-based firm Sotheby’s is auctioning over 200 works of art produced under the aegis of multiple Islamic Empires on April 25. These pieces were produced over three continents within a period of 1,200 years. Some of…

Protest in San Francisco against aIrstrikes in Syria

SHAFAQNA - Hundreds of anti-war protesters gathered in San Francisco Saturday to protest the recent U.S. military airstrikes against Syria. “Stop the bombing,” was one of the many chants that were heard during the protests. The group…

US Muslim Lawmakers Urge Opposing Pompeo Confirmation

SHAFAQNA - US Democratic Reps. Keith Ellison and André Carson are calling on Senate Foreign Relations Committee leaders to oppose the confirmation of Mike Pompeo as Secretary of State. Both officials cited Pompeo's "history of anti-Muslim…

Muslim group sues to block Trump terrorism report

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SHAFAQNA - Two anti-Trump organizations filed a lawsuit Monday arguing that a government report earlier this year linking immigrants to most of the country’s terrorism cases since 2001 is so misleading that it violates federal law. The…

US Muslims teach neighbors about their religion during Open Mosque Day

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SHAFAQNA - Among throngs of people touring the Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center on Sunday were two lanky middle school girls who love to talk about religion. “What do you believe?” they often ask each other. Mary Matero,…

Muslims: Settlement will prevent illegal NYPD surveillance

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SHAFAQNA - The New York Police Department has agreed not to conduct surveillance based on religion or ethnicity and to listen to Muslims as it develops new training materials as part of a deal to settle claims it illegally spied on Muslims for…

NYPD boosts patrols as online bigots urge attacks on Muslims

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SHAFAQNA - The NYPD will boost patrols around mosques Tuesday after an online meme urged bigots to assault people on what it called “Punish a Muslim Day.” It suggested readers “bomb a mosque” and “throw acid in [the] face of…

Vicious attack against Muslim woman in the US

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SHAFAQNA - A young Muslim woman was attacked by a man in a US hospital, local news reported on Friday, in an attack her lawyer claimed was Islamophobic. The 19-year-old had just walked into the emergency room at the Beaumont Hospital in…

Scholar: Terrorism, one weapon in American foreign policy strategy

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SHAFAQNA- A prominent US academic blames the United States and Saudi Arabia for promotion of extremism and says terrorism is one weapons in the broad strategy of US foreign policy. "There is evidence that the U.S. is supporting Daesh…

Muhammad Ali at Center of Any Talk of Activism by Black Athletes

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SHAFAQNA- Muhammad Ali knew he didn't have much time left. His career was at stake — but more importantly, so was his freedom — as he awaited the day he would formally refuse to be inducted in the armed forces of the United States. So…

Trump's 'Muslim Ban' one year on

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SHAFAQNA-One year after putting pen to paper on the Oval Office desk, US President Donald Trump has so far failed to achieve the promise he made during his election campaign of a "total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States". But…