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At Least 31 Soldiers Killed in Sinai Attacks, National Mourning Declared
By Ahram Online

Three security personnel killed at a checkpoint in Al-Arish just hours after 28 soldiers die in a car bomb attack in Sheikh Zuweid

Boutros Ghaly: Sisi Cannot Be Judged Before 2 Years in Office
By Al-Masry Al-Youm

The former UN Secretary General and former honorary president of the National Council for Human Rights, Boutros Ghaly told Al-Masry Al-Youm that he cannot judge President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi's performance until after at least two years in office.

ISIS Leader Was Member of ‘Moderate’ Muslim Brotherhood
By Raymond Ibrahim

Yet another piece of evidence tying misled members of the United States government to the Islamic State’s roots has come to light. Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi, one of the most authoritative clerics in the Muslim community – he has his own program on Al Jazeera and is chairman of the International Union of Muslim Scholars — asserts in a new interview that Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the head-chopping, infidel-crucifying Islamic State, was once a member of the Muslim Brotherhood.

Egypt’s Salafi Party Defends Islamic State Terrorists
By Coptic Solidarity

Further demonstrating its true face, Egypt’s National Salafi Party recently refused to count the Islamic State as a “terrorist” organization, or even that it had misinterpreted Islam. 

Law for Building Churches Has to Wait for New Parliament
By Watani

The bill for the building of churches, which the three major Churches in Egypt had drawn and officially handed to the government last week, looks destined to have to wait for the election of a new parliament to be passed.

 


Thousands of Egyptian Christians Mourn the Death of Pope Shenouda III

An estimated 100,000 Coptic Christians in Egypt have queued to pay respects to their spiritual leader, Pope Shenouda III who has died aged 88.

Thousands of mourners filed past their spiritual leader's dead body as it sat in the papal chair during a vigil inside Cairo's St Mark's Cathedral on Sunday.

Pope Shenouda's body was placed in a coffin before being seated on the ceremonial throne dressed in an embroidered robe and golden mitre.

The pope died on Saturday after suffering from cancer and had lead Egypt's Church for forty years.

The religious head sought to soothe sectarian tension during his tenure at the top of Egypt's Orthodox Church, but saw increasing flare-ups in the majority Muslim nation in the final months of his life.

Around 10 per cent of Egypt's population are Coptic Christians, making them the Middle East's largest Christian minority with 80 million followers.

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The Telegraph

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/africaandindianocean/egypt/9151484/Thousands-of-Egyptian-Christians-mourn-the-death-of-Pope-Shenouda-III.html

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