The Middle East Christian Committee (MECHRIC, al Lijna al Mashriqiya) held its 2013 Leadership Conference in Brussels at the Thon Hotel and at the European Parliament.
Thirteen kidnapped Lebanese and Syrian nuns appeared in good health in a video broadcast by Al-Jazeera Friday, with one captive saying they would be released in two days.
"We are 13 nuns and three civilians and we are here in a very, very nice villa ... and we will leave in two days," one of the nuns said in response to a question posed by a man behind the camera.
Nelson Mandela, the revered South African anti-apartheid icon who spent 27 years in prison, led his country to democracy and became its first black president, died Thursday at home. He was 95.
Minya prosecution has renewed the detention of Bishoy Armiya, formerly known as Mohamed Hegazi before conversion to Christianity, for four days, said lawyer Mamdouh Nakhla.
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