Egypt Ministry Spokesperson Denies Child Hijab Ban Despite Education Minister’s Comments

Photo via Akhbarak

Photo via Akhbarak

The spokesperson for Egypt’s Ministry of Education has denied that the government has implemented a ban on the hijab at schools for children who haven’t reached puberty, reported state-media Al-Ahram.

Egypt’s Minister of Education Moheb Al-Refaei had declared on Saturday night that children will not be allowed to wear the hijab (head-scarf) at school.

Egypt unveils giant expansion to Suez Canal

  • Expansion brings the Suez Canal's length to 120 miles and depth to 78 feet 
  • World's largest vessels will be able to pass side by side through the canal
  • Project involved digging and dredging along 45 miles of the busy waterway
  • The canal is one of Egypt's top foreign currency earners, with around 10 per cent of the world's trade passing through it

Egypt is to unveil a major expansion of the Suez Canal tomorrow in what the government hopes will be a moment of national pride following years of political unrest.

Around 10 per cent of the world's trade flows through the waterway, which links the Red Sea to the Mediterranean and allows vessels to avoid making having to sail all the way around Africa.

The canal is one of Egypt's top foreign currency earners and is seen as a symbol of a modern state.

It has been repeatedly expanded over the years, from an initial length of 102 miles and a depth of 26 feet. The latest expansion brings its length to 120 miles and its depth to 78 feet, allowing it to accommodate the world's largest vessels.

Welcome: Ferries cross through a brand new section of the Suez Canal in Ismailia, Egypt. The major expansion will be formally unveiled tomorrow in what the government hopes will be a moment of national pride
Location: The latest Suez Canal expansion brings its length to 120 miles and its depth to 78 feet, allowing it to accommodate the world's largest vessels, which will now be able to pass side by side as they travel between the Mediterranean Sea and the Red Sea

Kerry says United States, Egypt return to 'stronger base' in ties

CAIRO | By David Brunnstrom

CAIRO The United States and Egypt are returning to a "stronger base" in bilateral ties despite tensions and human rights concerns, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Sunday after talks with his Egyptian counterpart.

"Egypt remains vital ... to engagement and stability in the region as a whole," said Kerry, who held the first bilateral strategic dialogue since 2009.

Bin Laden plane crash: aircraft went down in near perfect conditions

Questions raised over why state-of-the-art jet carrying three relatives of Osama Bin Laden came down at end of long runway at Blackbushe airport

Acting chief inspector Olga Venner, of Hampshire police, confirms an investigation into Friday’s plane crash at Blackbushe airport is under way.

Smoke rises from the crash site on Friday.

Questions have been raised over the cause of Friday’s plane crash in which three members of the Bin Laden family were killed, given the aircraft had used the runway, which is fitted with hi-tech safety features, regularly in recent months.

The Saudi-registered Embraer Phenom 300 jet, which had departed from Milan’s Malpensa airport, was attempting to land at Blackbushe airport on the Hampshire/Surrey border when it crashed on to dozens of vehicles parked at a car auction site close to the runway.

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Ships cross Egypt's New Suez Canal in first test-run



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ISMAILIA, Egypt (Reuters) - The first cargo ships passed through Egypt's New Suez Canal on Saturday in a test-run before it opens next month, state media reported, 11 months after the army began constructing the $8 billion canal alongside the existing 145-year-old Suez Canal.

The new waterway, which President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi hopes will help expand trade along the fastest shipping route between Europe and Asia, will be formally inaugurated on Aug. 6. 


“International religious freedom has received greater attention across the political and social spectrum,”says an analysis piece published today byLapido Media.

One sign of this, it says,is the recent honour given to Coptic Orthodox Bishop Angaelos, appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire by the Queen for his services to international religious freedom.

‘Greater acknowledgment of this issue,’ Angaelos told Lapido, ‘is fitting within the UK’s understanding of what it means to safeguard human rights.’

It was ‘imperative’, he added, for both individuals and nations to protect them.

Italy vows to help Egypt fight 'terrorism' after blast


A picture released by the Egyptian Presidency on July 13, 2015, shows President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi (R) speaking with Italian Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni during a meeting in Cairo.

Cairo (AFP) - Italian Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni on Monday expressed his country's firm backing for Egypt in fighting "terrorism" after the jihadist Islamic State group said it bombed Rome's consulate in Cairo.

IS claimed Saturday's car bombing on the city centre complex in the first such attack on a foreign mission in Egypt since the army ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in July 2013.

David Cameron to announce tough new powers to crack down on Islamist radicalisation    

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David Cameron is to announce tough new legislation against Islamist radicalisation(Getty)


David Cameron is to announce how his government intends to curb organisations and individuals who promote militant ideologies at home and recruit young people to radical Islamist groups.

The Prime Minister will set out legislation to be announced in the Queen's Speech that will include powers to restrict the activity of those who seek to radicalise young people and who use inflammatory speech in public places.

Archbishop Welby in 'visit of condolence' for murdered Egyptian Christians

Media captionArchbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby: ''Europe as a whole must rise up, and seek to do what is right''

Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby has travelled to Egypt for a "visit of condolence" following the murders of 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians in Libya.

The group of migrant workers werekidnapped and beheaded by Islamic State (IS) militantsin February.

In France, lessons in secularism to confront radical Islam

The French government wants to send imams to classes in secularism and religious freedom as a measure to prevent home-grown extremism. Elizabeth Bryant reports from Lyon on a program that is paving the way.

Muslim students in a secularism class at Lyon's Catholic University

Sunlight slants across a classroom at the Catholic University of Lyon, where the Bible dominates a recent lecture.

The subject may seem unsurprising in this ancient city that was once a bastion of French Catholicism. But the dozen or so people jotting down notes are not theology students. One young woman wears a headscarf. A man sports the beard of a devout Muslim. Still others are non-Muslim civil servants working for the local government.

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GE delivers turbines to Egypt as part of $1.9 billion deal



The logo of U.S. conglomerate General Electric is pictured at the company's site in Belfort, April 27, 2014.   REUTERS/Vincent Kessler

The logo of U.S. conglomerate General Electric is pictured at the company's site in Belfort, April 27, 2014.


(Reuters) -GeneralElectricCo(GE.N) has delivered a shipment of gas turbines toEgyptas part of a $1.9 billion (1.28 billion pounds) deal to boost power capacity, and will invest $200 million in a planned economic zone near the Suez Canal, the firm said on Friday.



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مؤتمر الهيئة القبطية الهولندية يعرض فيلماً حول إرهاب الإخوان فى مصر

مؤتمر الهيئة القبطية الهولندية رسالة هولندا- جمال جرجس المزاحم

بالسلام الجمهورى المصرى، انطلق المؤتمر العالمى السابع للهيئة القبطية الهولندية، بمدينة أمستردام عاصمة هولندا تحت عنوان "مصر التى فى خاطرى" لدعم مصر فى حربها ضد الإرهاب،

وحضر المؤتمر أكثر من 25 مؤسسة ومنظمة مصرية وقبطية دولية وعالمية، وحشد من وسائل الإعلام ووكالات الأنباء العالمية.

ويشارك فى المؤتمر عدد كبير من الشخصيات العامة، وعلى رأسهم الدكتور محمد العرابى وزير الخارجية الأسبق، والدكتورة درية شرف الدين وزيرة الإعلام السابقة، والدكتور حسن نافعة أستاذ العلوم السياسية، وسامح سوريال نائب رئيس الهيئة القبطية، والدكتور إبراهيم حبيب رئيس أقباط متحدون بريطانيا والناشط عصام عبيد رئيس الاتحاد الأوروبى للجاليات، والناشط جون سدراك رئيس اللجنة السياسية للهيئة القبطية الهولندية، والناشط حسنى بباوى منظمة أقباط النمسا، والعديد من المنظمات القبطية بأوروبا ورجل الأعمال المصرى بالسويد شيتوى عبدالله، والمرشح للبرلمان الكندى شريف السبعاوى، والمهندس مايكل منير رئيس حزب الحياة، ومدحت قلادة رئيس الاتحاد المنظمات القبطية بأوروبا، والناشط المصرى بألمانيا مجدى يوسف المتحدث الرسمى لاتحاد الأقباط بأوروبا، وأشرف فهيم سكرتير الاتحاد الأوروبى للجاليات المصرية، والدكتور هانى شنودة بكندا، والناشط ماهر يوسف رئيس الهيئة القبطية السويدية، ووفد من التلفزيون المصرى، برئاسة المخرج أكرم بشارة، والمذيع جورج رشاد، والمذيعة غادة عبدالسلام والمنتج بالتلفزيون المصرى ريمون عزمى. وقامت الهيئة القبطية الهولندية، بعرض فيلم لمدة 10 دقائق بعنوان "إرهاب الاخوان فى مصر"، حول ما يفعله الإخوان فى مصر من عمليات إرهابية بهدف نشر الذعر بين المواطنين.

Obama, Cameron vow to take on 'poisonous ideology' of radical Islam

U.S. President Barack Obama (L) and British Prime Minister David Cameron (R) depart a joint news conference following their meeting at the White House in Washington January 16, 2015. REUTERS-Kevin Lamarque

 U.S. President Barack Obama (L) and British Prime Minister David Cameron (R) depart a joint news conference following their meeting at the White House in Washington January 16, 2015.

Credit: Reuters/Kevin Lamarque

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron vowed on Friday to take on "the poisonous ideology" of Islamic extremists and said intelligence agencies must be allowed to track militants online despite privacy concerns.

Obama and Cameron held two days of White House talks amid increasing concern in Europe about the threat posed by extremists after 17 people were killed in Paris attacks and Belgian authorities engaged in a firefight with terror suspects.

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Anti-Islam & pro-tolerance demonstrators take to German streets

Supporters of anti-immigration movement Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamisation of the West (PEGIDA) hold flags during a demonstration in Dresden January 12, 2015. (Reuters/Fabrizio Bensch)

Supporters of anti-immigration movement Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamisation of the West (PEGIDA) hold flags during a demonstration in Dresden January 12, 2015. (Reuters/Fabrizio Bensch)


  Thousands of people participated in anti-Islamization rallies in  Germany on Monday, with many wearing black ribbons in  commemoration of those killed in the attack on the Charlie Hebdo  satirical magazine

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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.

Veil on women
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).

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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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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