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Sunday, 21 December 2014

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US delivers 10 helicopters to Egypt in sign of improving relations

  • Apache helicopters arrived this week to support counter-terrorism
  • Delivery had been on hold since coup against elected president last year

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The Pentagon had announced in September that it would be sending Apache helicopters to Egypt. Photograph: HO/Reuters

Egypt received 10 Apache helicopters from the US in the past week, security sources said on Saturday, in a sign of easing tensions between the longtime allies confronting Islamist extremism across north Africa and the Middle East.

The US announced in April that it had decided to lift its hold on the delivery of the attack helicopters. The hold was imposed last year, after the military toppled elected president Mohamed Morsi and cracked down hard on his Muslim Brotherhood supporters.

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Friday, 12 December 2014
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A protester wearing a traditional eastern Turkestan hat shouts during a demonstration in Istanbul, to protest against the deadly riot in China's northwestern region of Xinjiang on Jul. 6, 2009. Reuters/Osman Orsal

Urumqi, the capital of China’s restive Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous region, passed a rule Thursday banning the use of full-face veils in public areas. The move is seen as an effort to curb violent attacks in the region, which Beijing has attributed to Islamist extremism, according to The Associated Press (AP).

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Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Police in Sudan Arrest Church Leaders for Refusing to Surrender Worship Property

Authorities who bulldozed part of compound disperse worshippers.

Members of Khartoum Bahri Evangelical Church watch, pray and worship at disputed property. (Morning Star News) 

JUBA, South Sudan (Morning Star News) – Police and security personnel today dispersed a congregation keeping vigil over its disputed property in North Khartoum, Sudan, and arrested five church leaders, sources said.

Authorities arrived at noon at the compound of the Khartoum Bahri Evangelical Church, where last week they demolished a pastor’s house and church wall, and threatened to arrest members of the congregation camped out on the site of the destroyed house as the Christians prayed and worshipped, a church source told Morning Star News.

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Wednesday, 26 November 2014

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Radical Islam should be rooted out at kindergarten level – Austrian far-right party leader

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The newly re-elected leader of the Austrian far-right Freedom Party (FPO) has vowed to fight radical Islam in kindergartens and stop Vienna from becoming an “immigrant magnet.”

Heinz-Christian Strache has said stated his intentions in several speeches, alluding to an alarming rise in radical indoctrination going on in Austrian schools. Protecting young children is important to “counteract dangerous currents,” he said, as cited by The Local.

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Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Home Secretary Theresa May reveals how many UK terrorist plots have been foiled since July 7 bombings

Home Secretary Theresa May reveals how many UK terrorist plots have been foiled since July 7 bombings

Home Secretary Theresa May has revealed 40 terrorist plots have been foiled since the London July 7 attacks more than seven years ago as she underlined the scale of the threat faced by the UK.

As she unveiled broad-ranging new powers to tackle terrorism, Mrs May said 753 people had been arrested for terrorism-related offences since April 2010.

She also said 212 have been charged since the Coalition Government came to power with 148 successfully prosecuted and 138 people are behind bars for terrorist-related offences.

Thirteen people, including hook-handed radical cleric Abu Hamza, have been extradited, while other individuals deemed dangerous, such as Abu Qatada, have been deported.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 25 November 2014 )
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Thursday, 30 October 2014

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Proposed law to remove restrictions on church buildings to be presented in Egypt

Country/Region: Middle East and North Africa, Africa, Egypt

A proposed law that could remove crippling restrictions on the building of churches in Egypt will be presented to the country’s parliament early next year, according to a government minister.

The interior of a church building in Egypt

The interior of a church building in Egypt
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Egypt’s Minister of Transitional Justice, Ibrahim Henaidi, told reporters on 16 October that a committee comprising church representatives and government officials will be formed to discuss the bill before it is presented to parliament.

Under Egypt’s constitution, which was passed in January this year, parliament is required in its first session to “issue a law aimed at regulating the construction and restoration of churches in a way that ensures that Christians perform their religious rites freely”.

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Friday, 17 October 2014

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British jihadists could face treason charge

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British jihadists who go to fight in Iraq or Syria could be tried for treason, the Foreign Secretary has suggested.

Philip Hammond said such people had "sworn personal allegiance" to Islamic State (IS) and could potentially have committed the offence.

The last prosecution for treason was in 1946, when the notorious Lord Haw Haw - real name William Joyce - was hanged for his Nazi propaganda broadcasts.

The offence remains on the statute books, even though the death penalty has been abolished.

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Thursday, 04 September 2014

Minister Kenney welcomes Coptic Pope Tawadros II to Canada

Pope Tawadros II begins month-long visit

أقباط هولندا يطالبون البابا تاوضروس بتأجيل رسامة اول أسقف لهولندا 

September 3, 2014—Toronto, ON—Jason Kenney, Minister for Multiculturalism, today greeted the leader of the ancient Coptic Orthodox Church upon his arrival in Toronto, on behalf of Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the Government of Canada.

Pope Tawadros II, who became the 118th leader of the Coptic Orthodox Church on November 19, 2012, arrived in Toronto this evening to officially begin his month-long Canadian visit. His first trip to Canada will include the consecration of the first Coptic cathedral in North America, Markham’s St. Mark's Coptic Orthodox Church, visits to other parishes across Canada, meetings with religious leaders, and the delivery of a lecture at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario.

Andrew Bennett, Canada’s Ambassador for Religious Freedom, joined Minister Kenney in Toronto to greet Pope Tawadros.

Last Updated ( Saturday, 06 September 2014 )
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Monday, 01 September 2014


Egypt Tempts Back Foreign Cash After MSCI Nod: Chart of the Day

By Ahmed A. Namatalla

Foreign investors are returning to Egyptafter MSCI Inc. preserved the North African country’s emerging-market status and the former army chief won the presidency in a landslide.

The CHART OF THE DAY shows non-Arabs purchased 2.9 billion Egyptian pounds ($406 million) of stocks from June 11, the day after the index provider said it’s no longer considering cutting the country’s status to a frontier market, through Aug. 27. That’s almost eight times the amount they purchased in 2014 before the announcement, according to Egyptian Exchange data. The EGX 30 Index has rallied more than 35 percent this year in dollar terms, making it the world’s third-best performer.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 01 October 2014 )
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Tuesday, 19 August 2014

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Pope’s personal envoy calls for international action to liberate Iraq

Cardinal Filoni visits a school sheltering displaced Christians and Yazidis (AP) 

Pope Francis’s personal envoy to the suffering people of Iraq joined the Chaldean Catholic patriarch in launching an appeal to the international community today, pleading for help to liberate villages controlled by the Islamic State terrorists and to provide the displaced with international protection.

Cardinal Fernando Filoni, who has been in Iraq since August 13 at the Pope’s request, and Chaldean Catholic Patriarch Louis Sako of Baghdad said international action was necessary to provide the displaced with basic necessities like food and water, but also to guarantee the possibility of their survival in Iraq.

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Monday, 11 August 2014

'Isis Jihadist' Flag in East London Ripped Down by Nun

By Ewan Palmer | IB Times

  • A fighter of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isis) holds an Isis flag and a weapon on a street in the city of Mosul

    A fighter of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isis) holds an Isis flag and …

A black flag with Arabic writing, similar to the ones used by Jihadist fighters in Syria and Iraq, has been taken down from an east London housing estate by a local nun.

The flag, seen on top of the gates of the Will Crooks estate on Poplar High Street, Tower Hamlets, was put up alongside Palestine flags and slogans in support of Gaza.

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