Islamist rebels have kidnapped a group of nuns from the Greek Orthodox monastery of St Thecla (Mar Taqla) in Maaloula (north of Damascus). Mgr Mario Zenari, the Vatican nuncio in Damascus, confirmed the information after speaking with the Greek-Orthodox Patriarchate. Through the Vatican diplomat, the latter "calls on all Catholics to pray for the women religious."
The Copts of Badraman described the details of their tragedy after Muslims of neighboring villages attacked them. Four Copts were injured and a child was thrown from the second floor of her home, as well as innocent Copts who were arrested without a warrant.
As Egypt works out a new draft constitution, a period of public debate ahead of a national referendum has begun. Political analysts are split on whether it is an imperfect document good enough for now, or it misses an important opportunity.
With more than 200 articles, Egypt's new draft constitution details everything from the protected role of the military to the rights of fishermen.
During his year as president, Egypt's Mohammed Morsi cultivated ties with Islamic radicals, making them a key support for his rule by pardoning dozens of jailed militants, restraining the military from an all-out offensive against jihadis in Sinai and giving their hard-line sheiks a platform to spread their rhetoric.
Security breakdown has wreaked havoc with women’s lives in Arab transition countries, but it is hardly recognized in international debates on gender based violence
Sometime past midnight in the early hours of the morning of Wednesday the 27th November, activists reported that a security vehicle dumped a group of women in the middle of the desert in Egypt.
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