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Egyptian Christians Wait for News of Loved Ones Kidnapped by ISIL
By The Telegraph

Mystery surrounds the fate of 14 Egyptian Christians kidnapped by Islamic State militants in Libya

 

It was the early hours phone call that would save his life. As militants went from house to house, pulling Christians from their rooms, Youssef Zekry was woken suddenly.

 

Egypt Earnestly Seeking a Democracy, Sisi Tells Davos
By Egypt Independent

Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said Thursday that his country is earnestly seeking a democracy that includes all Egyptians.

 

Speaking to the 45th World Economic Forum in Davos, Sisi said Egyptians managed to remove “autocratic rule when it deviated from legitimacy,” in a possible reference to his predecessor, Mohamed Morsy, whom he ousted in 2013 following mass protests.

 

Egypt’s Long Walk to Despotism
By Amro Ali – TIMEP

There is a menacing wind sweeping through Egypt engulfing bureaucrats, journalists, judges, celebrities, and the average “patriotic citizen” in its path, remolding them into carriers of despotic ideas.

 

Crime and Punishment: Islamic State vs. Saudi Arabia
By Mary Atkinson and Rori Donaghy – Middle East Eye

The Islamic State group has released a list of punishments, mirroring those prescribed by authorities in Saudi Arabia

 

The Islamic State (IS) and Saudi Arabia prescribe near-identical punishments for a host of crimes, according to documents circulated by the militant group. 

 


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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