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Egypt mosque attack: At least 184 killed in Sinai

Friday, November 24, 2017
Suspected militants have launched a bomb and gun attack on a mosque in Egypt's North Sinai province, killing at least 184 people, state media say.Witnesses say the al-Rawda mosque in the town of Bir al-Abed, near al-Arish, was targeted during Friday prayers.Local police said men in four off-road vehicles opened fire on worshippers, AP reported.Egypt has been fighting an Islamist insurgency in the region, which has intensified since 2013.There have been regular attacks blamed on ...
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Unrelenting killing of Coptic Christians intensifies debate over martyrdom

Friday, October 13, 2017
CAIRO (RNS) -- As a little boy in Sunday school, Bassem Al-Janoubie was fascinated by the illustrated stories about the martyrs of Egypt's Coptic Church. "Even more than cartoon comic books, the dramatic events and details of the ordeal of each saint held my attention," remembers the now-40-year-old graphic designer. "They were like superheroes -- not accepting attempts to change their beliefs or efforts to get them to deny their Christianity despite torture and even death." The ...
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Egypt soldiers killed in attack on Sinai checkpoint

Friday, July 7, 2017
At least 23 Egyptian soldiers have been killed and 26 wounded in an attack by jihadist militants in the northern Sinai peninsula, security sources say.A suicide car bomber reportedly targeted a checkpoint outside Rafah, a border town near the Gaza Strip, before dozens of gunmen opened fire.The military said 40 assailants were killed in the ensuing clashes.So-called Islamic State claimed the attack. The group is leading an insurgency in the region.Hundreds of soldiers and police ...
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Trump gift leaves Australian PM Turnbull bemused

Sunday, June 25, 2017
Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has been left somewhat bemused after receiving a pink tie emblazoned with the words "Donald Trump".The official Trump-branded item was presented to Mr Turnbull during a visit to a Coptic Orthodox church in Sydney.His relationship with Mr Trump became a talking point after the US president was reported to have abruptly ended a phone call between the two in January.Mr Turnbull later disputed this and the pair are said to ...
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Egypt hits 'jihadist camps' after attack on Coptic Christians

Friday, May 26, 2017
Egyptian forces have struck "terrorist training camps" in retaliation for an attack on Coptic Christians, President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi says.State media say six strikes hit the town of Derna in neighbouring Libya.Gunmen earlier attacked a bus carrying worshippers in central Egypt, killing at least 28 people and wounding 25 others.President Sisi said he would "not hesitate to strike terrorist camps anywhere".Announcing the strike in a TV speech late on Friday, he promised to "protect our ...
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After 2016 Assault, A Coptic Christian Grandmother In Egypt Fights For Justice

Friday, May 26, 2017
Suad Thabet sits with her granddaughter Sandy at home in Abu Qarqas. Thabet was attacked by a mob last year after one of her sons was accused of having an affair with a Muslim woman.Across a field from the unfinished concrete house where she lives, Suad Thabet can see the spires of the Abu Qarqas monastery. The 70-year-old Coptic Christian grandmother has had trouble sleeping since she was attacked in her nearby village of Karm ...
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Egyptian Christians killed in bus attack

Friday, May 26, 2017
Gunmen have attacked a bus carrying Coptic Christians in central Egypt, killing at least 28 people and wounding 25 others, officials say.The bus was travelling to the Monastery of St Samuel the Confessor, 135km (85 miles) south of Cairo, from Minya province when it came under fire. No group immediately said it was behind the attack.But Islamic State (IS) militants have targeted Copts several times in recent months, and vowed to do so again.Two suicide ...
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Attack On Coptic Christians Kills At Least 28 In Egypt

Friday, May 26, 2017
Gunmen fired on a bus carrying Coptic Christians in Minya, where many Christians live in Egypt. Here, a photo from 2015 shows Coptic Christians walking outside St. Markos Church in Minya. ...
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Pope Francis Winds Up Trip To Egypt

Saturday, April 29, 2017
Pope Francis celebrated Mass in Cairo, Saturday, winding up a two-day visit to Egypt. President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi saw the Roman Catholic leader off at Cairo Airport at the end of the visit.The Mass was held in a stadium under heavy security as Sylvia Poggioli reported on NPR's Weekend Edition Saturday, while military helicopters flew overhead. According to The Associated Press, some 15,000 Catholic Egyptians attended the service.They heard the Pope say, in his homily, "God ...
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Pope Francis visits Egypt as 'messenger of peace'

Friday, April 28, 2017
Pope Francis is in Egypt on a visit aimed at improving Christian-Muslim dialogue, three weeks after bombings at two Coptic churches killed 45 people.As he arrived in Cairo he said his trip would be a "journey of unity and fraternity", AFP news agency reports.He will meet the Egyptian president and speak at al-Azhar University, a key centre of Sunni Islamic learning.So-called Islamic State (IS) said it was behind the Palm Sunday bombings.The 80-year-old pontiff said ...
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