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Gunman Attacks Coptic Church In Egypt, Killing At Least 9

Friday, December 29, 2017
A terrorist attack targeted a Christian church south of Cairo Friday, killing at least nine people, Egyptian officials say. The assailant was apprehended after a gun battle that killed at least one police officer.Initial reports said that two gunmen were involved; the government has since provided an update, saying that the lone attacker is in custody, and that the violence played out at two locations."Egypt's interior ministry says a gunman killed at least two people ...
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Israel strikes Gaza Hamas sites after rocket attacks

Saturday, December 9, 2017
Israel says it has targeted sites in Gaza belonging to militant group Hamas in retaliation for rocket strikes.Israel's military said it hit weapons sites early on Saturday. Two people were killed, a Gaza hospital said, bringing the deaths in Israeli strikes and gunfire over the past day to four.Three rockets were fired at Israel from Gaza late on Friday.Israeli-Palestinian tensions have risen since President Donald Trump recognised Jerusalem as Israel's capital.Wednesday's decision reversed decades of ...
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Egypt attack: IS flags carried by gunmen, say officials

Saturday, November 25, 2017
Egyptian officials investigating the massacre of worshippers at a mosque in Sinai say the attackers were carrying the flag of the Islamic State group. At least 305 people died in the assault, which was launched during Friday prayers and has not yet been claimed by any group.Egypt's public prosecutor said there were up to 30 attackers at the scene. President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi has vowed to respond with "the utmost force". The Egyptian military says ...
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Egypt attack: President Sisi pledges forceful response

Friday, November 24, 2017
Egypt's President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi has vowed to respond with "the utmost force" after 235 people were killed at a North Sinai mosque during Friday prayers.The al-Rawda mosque in the town of Bir al-Abed was bombed and fleeing worshippers were then gunned down.The military has conducted air strikes on targets in nearby mountains, Reuters news agency reports.No group has yet claimed the attack, the deadliest in recent memory.Egyptian security forces have for years been fighting ...
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Egypt attack: Gunmen kill 235 in Sinai mosque

Friday, November 24, 2017
Militants have launched a bomb and gun attack on a mosque in Egypt's North Sinai province, killing 235 people, state media say. The al-Rawda mosque in the town of Bir al-Abed was targeted during Friday prayers. It is the deadliest attack of its kind since an Islamist insurgency in the peninsula was stepped up in 2013.Egyptian President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi vowed to respond with "brute force" after talks with security officials.No group has yet claimed ...
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Egypt attack: More than 230 killed in Sinai mosque

Friday, November 24, 2017
Militants have launched a bomb and gun attack on a mosque in Egypt's North Sinai province, killing 235 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.It is the deadliest attack of its kind since an Islamist insurgency in the peninsula was stepped up in 2013.Egyptian President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi has held emergency talks with security officials to decide how to respond.Local ...
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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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