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Egypt to Open Suez Canal Expansion Two Years Early
By Jared Malsin – The Guardian

The $8bn expansion, which adds an additional lane along part of the vital shipping channel, was finished in one year on orders of President Sisi

 

Egypt is this week set to inaugurate a major expansion of the Suez canal finished in a third of the originally estimated time.

 

 

Islamist Non-Compete Agreement for Parliament Majority over Next 10 Years Possible’
By Egypt Independent

Tarek al-Zomor, the fugitive president of the Construction and Development Party, which is the political arm of the Gamaa Islamiya group, said that in addition to the party, other Islamists are also considering the possibility of refraining from occupying more than 40 percent of the seats in government over the next 10 years.

 

 

 

 

 

Kerry Urges Egypt to Move Forward With Political Reform
By Jay Solomon- WSJ

Cites parliamentary elections slated for this fall as an important milestone for the Arab country. ‘We all know that defeating terrorism requires a long-term strategy. Border security and law enforcement actions are a significant part of the equation, but the even larger imperative is to persuade and prevent young people from turning to terror in the first place’

 

 

 

The Islamic State’s Christian and Yizidi Sex Slaves
By Nina Shea

Unlike Muslims, who can conform and wait out ISIS until the day it is defeated, Christians, along with "polytheist" Yizidis, can don veils and give up cigarettes and alcohol, but, as non-Muslims, their very presence is an intolerable offense to the year-old "caliphate." These minority religious groups in Iraq and Syria, lacking protecting armies or militias of their own, find themselves in unique peril. During his Bolivian trip this month, Pope Francis called it "genocide."

 

 

 

Assyrian Christian Woman Shares Story of Captivity by Islamic State
By Al-Monitor

A total of 253 Assyrian Christians, from 35 different villages along the Khabur River were kidnapped by the Islamic State on Feb. 23 in the governorate of Hasakah, Syria. A small group of 23 elderly individuals were released March 1, allegedly due to their age.

 

 

 


Hearing on Future of Christians in Egypt


The U.S. Helsinki Commission, held a hearing on the plight of Coptic Christians in Egypt and the political future of the country, with a special focus on the issue of "kidnapped Coptic girls."


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