Christian heavyweights hail Copts rights in Sisi era, attack blasphemy law

By Hani Danial/ Geneva

Christian Egyptian heavyweights attending the eighth edition of the Minority Rights Forum, held in Switzerland's Geneva highly commended human rights for minorities in modern Egypt. 

Head of United Copts Organization, Ibrahim Habib said President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi’s ascent to power saved Egypt and the Copts from the oppression of the Muslim Brotherhood.

Syria vote: David Cameron achieves his goal

David Cameron

David Cameron has achieved his long-held goal.

Intervening against the extremist forces who call themselves the Islamic State in Syria - it seemed impossible less than a month ago.

But in the weeks since the Paris attacks, the prospect of extending bombing strikes into Syria from Iraq has taken on a reluctant inevitability.

Egypt discovers iron tunnel network under Gaza border

Massive network of 'extremely expensive' tunnels with 40cm-thick iron walls discovered on Egyptian side of the border, which Cairo claims was built by Hamas and funded by Qatar.

Roi Kais

Egyptian border guards discovered a first of its kind underground tunnel network made of iron under the country's border with Gaza on Friday, according to Egyptian security officials

The tunnel was discovered at a depth of 10 meters near the northern part of the Rafah crossing, which connects the Gaza Strip to the Sinai Peninsula.

Egyptian forces destroyed the tunnel using vast quantities of explosives.

An area where tunnels had been flooded

An area where tunnels had been flooded

‘To Forgive The Terrorists Is Up To God, But To Send Them To Him is my Duty’ – PUTIN

By  | 18th November 2015


I know that Putin isn’t exactly a “good guy,” but, don’t I just love these quotes from him. They’re both awesome and hysterical. He’s a world leader who is really a movie character.

He seems to be the one world leader unfazed, undamned and super ready to turn these ISIS cowards to ‘WAS-WAS’ in no time.

“To forgive the terrorists is up to god, to send them to him is up to me.”

He once also said, “American techs can spot water in Mars, but, can’t detect ISIS trucks”

ISIS camp in Istanbul trained children as terrorists

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Turkish police have detained dozens of ISIS-connected suspects, among them 24 under the age of 18, who are being trained to operate in Syria and Iraq as Islamic State’s militants.

The Istanbul Anti-Terror Directorate has arrested dozens of foreigners in one of the districts of Turkey's largest city. Those detained are suspected of getting ready to transfer to areas of Syria in Iraq under Islamic State's control, the Turkish daily Vatan reports.

Egypt, Japan, Senegal, Ukraine and Uruguay elected to serve on UN Security Council

Conference officers hold up empty ballot boxes for inspection prior to the vote to elect five non-permanent members of the Security Council. UN Photo/Cia Pak

15 October 2015 – In one round of voting the United Nations General Assembly today elected Egypt, Japan, Senegal, Ukraine and Uruguay to serve as non-permanent members on the Security Council for two-year terms beginning on 1 January 2016.

New members Egypt, Japan, Senegal, Ukraine and Uruguay will serve until 31 December 2017.

The five overall seats available for election in 2015, distributed regionally, were: two seats for the African Group (currently held by Chad and Nigeria); one seat for the Asia-Pacific Group (currently held by Jordan); one seat for the Group of Latin American and Caribbean States (currently held by Chile); and one seat for the Eastern European Group (currently held by Lithuania).

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Egypt starts dig on Gaza border to stop smuggling tunnels

In this Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015 photo, bulldozers and diggers work on the Egyptian side of the border with the Gaza Strip. Egyptian military bulldozers have been digging through the sand along the border in recent days, pressing ahead with what appears to be a renewed campaign to pressure Gaza’s Hamas rulers and stamp out militant activity along the border.(AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)

RAFAH, Gaza Strip (AP) — Egyptian military bulldozers are digging through the sand along Egypt's border with the Gaza Strip in recent days, pressing ahead with what appears to be a renewed campaign to pressure Gaza's Hamas rulers and stamp out militant activity along the border.

The project, billed as an Egyptian military-operated fish farm, effectively would fill the border area with water and is designed to put an end to the last remaining cross-border underground smuggling tunnels, Egyptian military officials said. Hamas accuses Egypt of further isolating the beleaguered Palestinian territory.

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Analysts fear that share prices of the Tamar and Leviathan partners could fall further.

Share prices on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange (TASE) of the Tamar and Leviathan partners were down sharply in afternoon trading, after yesterday's announcement by Italian energy giant Eni that it had found the largest-ever natural gas field in the Mediterranean off the coast of Egypt.

Delek Group Ltd. (TASE: ) is down 11% and its energy exploration and production units Avner Oil and Gas LP (TASE: ) and Delek Drilling Limited Partnership (TASE: ) are down 8.9% and 9.75% respectively. Their partner in Leviathan, Ratio Oil Exploration (1992) LP (TASE:) is down 18.26% and their partner in Tamar, Isramco Ltd. (Nasdaq: ; TASE: ) is down 6.73%.

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Egypt gas find sparks panic in Israel about Israeli reserves

By DANIEL ESTRIN | Associated Press –

  • Eni's Bouri Offshore oil terminal is seen off the Libyan coast, in the Mediterranean sea, Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2015. The Italian energy company Eni SpA announced Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015, it has discovered a

    Eni's Bouri Offshore oil terminal is seen off the Libyan coast, in the Mediterranean …

  • FILE - In this Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015 file photo provided by Egypt's state news agency MENA, Eni CEO Claudio Descalzi, third left, and his delegation meet with Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, center, and an Egyptian delegation, in Cairo, Egypt. Italian energy company Eni SpA said Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015, that it found the “largest-ever” gas field in the Mediterranean Sea off Egypt’s shores. Egypt’s new natural gas bonanza is causing an uproar in Israel, with energy stocks plummeting and recriminations over dithering and infighting that has delayed production from the country’s own gas fields. (MENA via AP, File)

    FILE - In this Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015 file photo provided by Egypt's state news …

JERUSALEM (AP) — Egypt's new natural gas bonanza is causing an uproar in Israel, with energy stocks plummeting and recriminations over indecisiveness and infighting that have delayed production from the country's own gas fields.

The government is currently struggling to get parliament to approve its natural gas business plan, but observers fear Israel may need to reassess everything now that Egypt, which had been cast as both an export destination and a partner, may have found its own independent solution.

Egypt Ministry Spokesperson Denies Child Hijab Ban Despite Education Minister’s Comments

Photo via Akhbarak

Photo via Akhbarak

The spokesperson for Egypt’s Ministry of Education has denied that the government has implemented a ban on the hijab at schools for children who haven’t reached puberty, reported state-media Al-Ahram.

Egypt’s Minister of Education Moheb Al-Refaei had declared on Saturday night that children will not be allowed to wear the hijab (head-scarf) at school.

Egypt unveils giant expansion to Suez Canal

  • Expansion brings the Suez Canal's length to 120 miles and depth to 78 feet 
  • World's largest vessels will be able to pass side by side through the canal
  • Project involved digging and dredging along 45 miles of the busy waterway
  • The canal is one of Egypt's top foreign currency earners, with around 10 per cent of the world's trade passing through it

Egypt is to unveil a major expansion of the Suez Canal tomorrow in what the government hopes will be a moment of national pride following years of political unrest.

Around 10 per cent of the world's trade flows through the waterway, which links the Red Sea to the Mediterranean and allows vessels to avoid making having to sail all the way around Africa.

The canal is one of Egypt's top foreign currency earners and is seen as a symbol of a modern state.

It has been repeatedly expanded over the years, from an initial length of 102 miles and a depth of 26 feet. The latest expansion brings its length to 120 miles and its depth to 78 feet, allowing it to accommodate the world's largest vessels.

Welcome: Ferries cross through a brand new section of the Suez Canal in Ismailia, Egypt. The major expansion will be formally unveiled tomorrow in what the government hopes will be a moment of national pride
Location: The latest Suez Canal expansion brings its length to 120 miles and its depth to 78 feet, allowing it to accommodate the world's largest vessels, which will now be able to pass side by side as they travel between the Mediterranean Sea and the Red Sea

Kerry says United States, Egypt return to 'stronger base' in ties

CAIRO | By David Brunnstrom

CAIRO The United States and Egypt are returning to a "stronger base" in bilateral ties despite tensions and human rights concerns, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Sunday after talks with his Egyptian counterpart.

"Egypt remains vital ... to engagement and stability in the region as a whole," said Kerry, who held the first bilateral strategic dialogue since 2009.

Bin Laden plane crash: aircraft went down in near perfect conditions

Questions raised over why state-of-the-art jet carrying three relatives of Osama Bin Laden came down at end of long runway at Blackbushe airport

Acting chief inspector Olga Venner, of Hampshire police, confirms an investigation into Friday’s plane crash at Blackbushe airport is under way.

Smoke rises from the crash site on Friday.

Questions have been raised over the cause of Friday’s plane crash in which three members of the Bin Laden family were killed, given the aircraft had used the runway, which is fitted with hi-tech safety features, regularly in recent months.

The Saudi-registered Embraer Phenom 300 jet, which had departed from Milan’s Malpensa airport, was attempting to land at Blackbushe airport on the Hampshire/Surrey border when it crashed on to dozens of vehicles parked at a car auction site close to the runway.

Coptic Studies at the University of Toronto



For over 150 years, the University has been exploring the development of the complex societies and civilizations of the Middle East. Today, the Department of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations (NMC) has a proud reputation as the preeminent program in Canada, unique in offering five areas of advanced study: Ancient Near East, Egyptology, Hebrew and Judaic Studies, Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies, and the Modern Middle East. Coptic Studies, both its language and culture, have held an important place in this history as an integral part of our world renowned Egyptology program. 


Ships cross Egypt's New Suez Canal in first test-run



By Yusri Mohamed


ISMAILIA, Egypt (Reuters) - The first cargo ships passed through Egypt's New Suez Canal on Saturday in a test-run before it opens next month, state media reported, 11 months after the army began constructing the $8 billion canal alongside the existing 145-year-old Suez Canal.

The new waterway, which President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi hopes will help expand trade along the fastest shipping route between Europe and Asia, will be formally inaugurated on Aug. 6. 


“International religious freedom has received greater attention across the political and social spectrum,”says an analysis piece published today byLapido Media.

One sign of this, it says,is the recent honour given to Coptic Orthodox Bishop Angaelos, appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire by the Queen for his services to international religious freedom.

‘Greater acknowledgment of this issue,’ Angaelos told Lapido, ‘is fitting within the UK’s understanding of what it means to safeguard human rights.’

It was ‘imperative’, he added, for both individuals and nations to protect them.

Italy vows to help Egypt fight 'terrorism' after blast


A picture released by the Egyptian Presidency on July 13, 2015, shows President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi (R) speaking with Italian Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni during a meeting in Cairo.

Cairo (AFP) - Italian Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni on Monday expressed his country's firm backing for Egypt in fighting "terrorism" after the jihadist Islamic State group said it bombed Rome's consulate in Cairo.

IS claimed Saturday's car bombing on the city centre complex in the first such attack on a foreign mission in Egypt since the army ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in July 2013.

David Cameron to announce tough new powers to crack down on Islamist radicalisation    

David Cameron

David Cameron is to announce tough new legislation against Islamist radicalisation(Getty)


David Cameron is to announce how his government intends to curb organisations and individuals who promote militant ideologies at home and recruit young people to radical Islamist groups.

The Prime Minister will set out legislation to be announced in the Queen's Speech that will include powers to restrict the activity of those who seek to radicalise young people and who use inflammatory speech in public places.

Archbishop Welby in 'visit of condolence' for murdered Egyptian Christians

Media captionArchbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby: ''Europe as a whole must rise up, and seek to do what is right''

Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby has travelled to Egypt for a "visit of condolence" following the murders of 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians in Libya.

The group of migrant workers werekidnapped and beheaded by Islamic State (IS) militantsin February.

In France, lessons in secularism to confront radical Islam

The French government wants to send imams to classes in secularism and religious freedom as a measure to prevent home-grown extremism. Elizabeth Bryant reports from Lyon on a program that is paving the way.

Muslim students in a secularism class at Lyon's Catholic University

Sunlight slants across a classroom at the Catholic University of Lyon, where the Bible dominates a recent lecture.

The subject may seem unsurprising in this ancient city that was once a bastion of French Catholicism. But the dozen or so people jotting down notes are not theology students. One young woman wears a headscarf. A man sports the beard of a devout Muslim. Still others are non-Muslim civil servants working for the local government.

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