A mid-June decision to withhold the funds of the Zad and Seoudi grocery stores and place them under government financial control raises some significant questions about the significance and timing of the move. While the decision was ostensibly a judicial one—to assess the suspected channeling of funds to the banned Muslim Brotherhood—it has considerable economic and political ramifications.
Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi warned world powers on Monday that Islamist militants are ravaging the Middle East and pose a threat to everyone's security.
"Be alert to what is happening in the region ... This region is being destroyed right now and we should not let this happen," Sisi said in a televised speech.
Iraq's most senior Christian leader appealed Saturday for the release of two nuns and three orphans who have been missing for several days in militant-held areas of northern Nineveh province.
The group went missing on Tuesday in Mosul, the first city to fall in a major militant offensive last month that overran swathes of territory across five provinces north and west of Baghdad, and have not been seen since.
"We are appealing for scholars in Mosul and tribal sheikhs to help us release two nuns and three orphans," said Chaldean Patriarch Louis Sako.
The Chaldean Archbishop of Mosul, Amel Shamon Nona, has described the desperate situation in Mosul since it was captured on 9 June by ISIS.
In New Message Following Being Declared A 'Caliph,' Islamic State Leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi Promises Support To Oppressed Muslims Everywhere, Tells His Soldiers: 'You Will Conquer Rome [If You Follow My Advice]
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Coptic Solidarity 2014 Conference
The Annual Conference was held in Washington, D.C. on June 26-28, 2014.