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The Arab States region has had a prevalence of violence against women

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SHAFAQNA- Violence against women is a global pandemic. It affects women of all ages, classes and races. The Arab States region has had a prevalence of violence against women. According to UN Women, 37 per cent of Arab women have experienced…

At least 3 killed, 30 injured in IED blast on wedding in NW Pakistan

SHAFAQNA - At least three people were killed and 30 others injured on Friday by an improvised explosive device (IED) blast at a wedding ceremony in northwestern Pakistan, near its border with Afghanistan, local officials confirmed. “The…

Bahrain's regime targets children

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SHAFAQNA - In yet another display of violence, and it needs to be noted, disregard for international law and human decency, Manama has proven willing to target children as part of its repression campaign against pro-democracy activists. The…

Assaults against Muslims in U.S. surpass 2001 level

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SHAFAQNA - The number of assaults against Muslims in the United States rose significantly between 2015 and 2016, easily surpassing the modern peak reached in 2001, the year of the September 11 terrorist attacks, according to a Pew Research…

Dutch state partly responsible for deaths of 350 Muslims in Bosnia war: Court

SHAFAQNA - A Dutch appeals court has largely upheld a 2014 ruling finding the Netherlands responsible for the deaths of 350 Bosniak (Bosnian Muslim) men in the Srebrenica massacre. The Dutch state acted unlawfully in July 1995 as peacekeepers…

Bahraini forces launch massive security crackdown on Diraz, expels citizens from their homes

SHAFAQNA - Activists on social media said that Bahraini security forces launched a massive security campaign in the village of Diraz, neighboring the Bahrain International Airport. This led to the expulsion of a number of citizens from their…

Muslim girl abducted, killed after leaving mosque in Virginia

SHAFAQNA - Police have found what are believed to be the remains of a 17-year-old Muslim female who was abducted overnight after leaving her local mosque in Sterling, Virginia, near Washington, DC. The All Dulles Area Muslim Society (ADAMS)…

Police: Road rage led to bat attack, Muslim teen’s death

SHAFAQNA - A man charged with murder in the death of a Muslim Virginia teen who was attacked near her mosque became “enraged” by a traffic argument with one of the girl’s friends and hit her with a baseball bat before abducting her, police…

Champs-Elysees attacker dead, car contained ‘number of firearms and explosives’

SHAFAQNA - France’s interior minister has said that a driver who rammed a car into police in an “attempted attack” on security forces on the Champs-Elysees was carrying a “number of firearms and explosives.” "Once again our security…

"Detention of Sheikh Qassim done with US support", says Daqaq

SHAFAQNA - The representative of the prominent Shiite cleric Sheikh Issa Qassim in Iran underlined that the verdict for detaining Sheikh Qassim was issued after the Bahraini King Hamad bin Issa al-Khalifa received the green light from Washington. "After…

Bahraini Al-Khalifa strongly criticized over misconduct with women

SHAFAQNA - Bahrain Center for Human Rights (BCHR) fiercely censured Al-Khalifa’s misbehaviour against Bahraini female citizens. In its Saturday twitter message, BCHR said, “ICYMI Women in Bahrain: inequality and discrimination.” BCHR…

Bahrain cracks down on Formula One protesters

SHAFAQNA - Security forces in Bahrain cracked down hard on people protesting the country’s hosting of the Formula One race, which they say serves to distract world attention away from the government’s large-scale rights violations. Protest…

Egypt identifies Alexandria church bomber as fugitive with militant ties

SHAFAQNA - Egypt on Wednesday named the suicide bomber who attacked a cathedral in Alexandria as 31-year-old Mahmoud Hassan Mubarak Abdullah, describing him as a fugitive with links to militant cells that carried out previous strikes in the…

Bahrainis rally in solidarity with victims of regime crackdown

SHAFAQNA - Bahrainis have staged several rallies across the Persian Gulf kingdom in solidarity with the activists killed at the hands of Manama regime forces. The protesters took to the streets in the villages of Musalla, Buri, Diraz and Sanabis…

Clashes in Bahrain escalate

SHAFAQNA - Protesters took to the streets in the village of Ma'ameer, situated about 15 kilometres south of the capital, Manama, on Monday and threw Molotov cocktails at police vehicles. The marchers also set some tires on fire. Regime forces…

Bahraini Police Attack Peaceful Rally near Manama

SHAFAQNA - Police in Bahrain clashed with protesters who took to the streets in the Bahraini village of Sanabis in response to a call by the Persian Gulf country’s opposition groups for a rally days after execution of three young activists…

11 children killed in Nigeria as bus runs into Muslim procession

SHAFAQNA - Eleven children were killed when a bus driver lost control of his vehicle and ploughed into a Muslim procession marking the birthday of Prophet Mohammed in northern Nigeria, police said Wednesday. The accident Tuesday in Malam…

Three people hurt in shooting at Zurich Islamic centre

SHAFAQNA - Suspect fired shots at worshippers at Zurich Islamic centre before fleeing scene, leaving victims seriously wounded. A man burst into a Muslim prayer hall in the Swiss city of Zurich and started shooting, wounding at least three…

Muslims most affected by Britain's post-Brexit hate crimes: study

SHAFAQNA - Muslims are the most affected by hate crimes in the wake of Britain's decision to leave the European Union, according to a study released on Thursday. The Institute of Race Relations study, which analysed 134 racist incidents…

Paris sees violence as anger flares up over labour law

SHAFAQNA - Clashes broke out during protests over French labour reforms in Paris, with tear gas being fired by riot police. During the march, some demonstrators threw objects at officers, including makeshift petrol bombs. The government…

Muslim cleric is shot in New York

SHAFAQNA - A Muslim cleric and an associate were fatally shot by a lone gunman on Saturday while walking together following afternoon prayers at a mosque in the New York City borough of Queens, authorities said. The gunman approached the…

Scots Muslims speak out over racist abuse after terror attacks

SHAFAQNA - High profile Scots Muslims have spoken of the racist abuse they and their friends and families have suffered in the wake of the terror attacks across Europe this summer. Many have had to endure everything from verbal abuse to…

Kashmir violence: Indian troops clash with protesters Death toll surges to 45

SHAFAQNA -One more youth was killed in restive Kashmir Valley on Saturday as protests continued unabated despite a stringent curfew clamped to stem the rage that was sparked by the death of a 22 year old militant commander of Hizbul Mujahideen…

Baton Rouge Man Detained After Witnessing Police Murder of Black Man Sues

SHAFAQNA - One of the owners of the convenience store where Alton Sterling was shot and killed by police last week is suing the city of Baton Rouge and five police officers over his treatment after witnessing the shooting. Abdullah Muflahi,…

Tensions on Afghanistan flare up

SHAFAQNA - An Afghan member of parliament was killed by a bomb planted near his residence in the capital Kabul, the interior ministry said. The device, hidden in an electrical box attached to a wall, exploded as Shir Wali Wardak left his house,…

Hindus convicted for massacring Muslims on Modi’s watch

SHAFAQNA -An Indian court has convicted 24 men over a massacre of Muslims in Gujarat, one of a series of communal killings by Hindus 14 years ago that has long cast a shadow over the political career of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Mr Modi…

Hate Crimes Against Muslims in France Increased by 223% in 2015

SHAFAQNA - Hate crimes against Muslims in France more than doubled from 2014 to 2015, according to a new report by the National Consultative Commission on Human Rights (CNCDH). The governmental agency’s annual report measures France’s…

Erdogan’s Turkey awaken the sleeping Kurdish giant

SHAFAQNA - Keen to jump in front of what he has viewed as a direct threat to his hegemonic ambitions in the region Turkish President Recep Erdogan appears to have unwittingly awoken the sleeping Kurdish giant, thus potentially precipitating…