Persecution of Christians review: Foreign Secretary’s speech following the final report

Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt thanked Bishop Mounstephen for his report about Foreign & Commonwealth Office support for persecuted Christians.

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The Foreign Secretary and Bishop of Truro

Good morning ladies, gentleman. Welcome to the Foreign Office.

When I was moving house last year, I came across a book called God’s Smuggler which I first read when I was about 10. At the height of the Cold War, Brother Andrew van der Bijl would smuggle Bibles across the Iron Curtain to communist countries where Christianity was ruthlessly suppressed.

Christian persecution 'at near genocide levels'

A statue of Virgin Mary broken in two parts at the St. Anthony's Shrine, Kochchikade church in Colombo

Image copyrightREUTERSImage captionThe report comes less than two weeks after bombings at three churches in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday

The persecution of Christians in parts of the world is at near "genocide" levels, according to a report ordered by Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt.

The review, led by the Bishop of Truro the Right Reverend Philip Mounstephen, estimated that one in three people suffer from religious persecution.

ONTARIO INTRODUCES THE FIRST BILL IN CANADIAN HISTORY TO RECOGNIZE EGYPTIAN HERITAGE

Published on May 02, 2019

Sheref Sabawy, Member of Provincial Parliament of Ontario for Mississauga-Erin Mills has introduced a Bill to the legislature to recognize the month of July as Egyptian Heritage Month.

[Mississauga, Ontario] Sheref Sabawy, Member of Provincial Parliament of Ontario for Mississauga-Erin Mills has introduced a Bill to the legislature to recognize the month of July as Egyptian Heritage Month. The Bill references the month of July, because it is in line with the Egyptian National Day celebrations.

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CofE riposte to Home Office on letter to Christian convert – updated

The Church of England has issued the following response to the Home Office concerning the asylum letter regarding an Iranian Christian convert. In its refusal of asylum, the Home Office had used quotations of violence in the Bible as evidence of bogus claim.

His Eminence Archbishop Angaelos, Coptic Orthodox Archbishop of London, has also commented on the Home Office response, and this is reproduced below.


Response to Home Office letter regarding Iranian asylum seeker

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Asia Bibi: Pakistan acquits Christian woman on death row

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A Pakistani court has overturned the death sentence of a Christian woman convicted of blasphemy, a case that has polarised the nation.

Asia Bibi was convicted in 2010 after being accused of insulting the Prophet Muhammad in a row with her neighbours.

Egypt’s Copts nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

September 28, 2018 By World Watch Monitor
The Copts were nominated for “their refusal to retaliate against deadly and ongoing persecution from governments and terrorist groups in Egypt and elsewhere
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Egypt’s Coptic Christians have been nominated for the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize for choosing peaceful coexistence over retaliation in the face of persecution, reports the US-based news site PR Newswire.

It is believed to be the first time in the 116-year history of the prize that an ethnic religious group has been nominated, said the news site. The US-based non-governmental organisation Coptic Orphans submitted the nomination.

Copts Celebrate First Mass in New Church

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JULY 25, 2018

After seven years of closure of their old church by local authorities due to ‘security reasons’, the Coptic community in the Egyptian village of Kom el – Loufy celebrated the completion of the first phase of building their new church, the Church of Virgin Mary and Martyr Aban, by holding their first ever Mass on Sunday.

Previously, the priest of the Saint Abu Sefein Coptic Orthodox Church near the village of Ezzbet Rafla welcomed the Copts in his church.

Following the closure of the old church, the Copts experienced serious discrimination as two young angry Muslims set fire to four Coptic homes in the village after rumors had spread that one of the houses would be turned into a church.

International Religious Freedom Report for 2017

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EGYPT 2017 INTERNATIONAL RELIGIOUS FREEDOM REPORT

Executive Summary
The constitution describes freedom of belief as “absolute” and specifies Islam as the state religion. It also enshrines the principles of sharia as the primary source of legislation, which local lawyers stated creates potential legal ambiguities with regard to the freedom of belief guaranteed in the constitution. The constitution only provides adherents of Islam, Christianity, and Judaism the right to practice their religion freely and to build houses of worship. The government continued not to recognize and restrict Jehovah’s Witnesses, Mormons, and Bahais. According to multiple sources, authorities continued to detain and physically mistreat former Muslims. Irrespective of religion, authorities also did not apply equal protection to all citizens and sometimes closed churches, in violation of the law, according to multiple sources. Courts charged citizens, including Muslim clerics, with “denigration of religions.” Christians reported discrimination by authorities, especially in rural areas. The government completed rebuilding 78 churches and other church-owned properties which had been destroyed or damaged in mob violence in 2013 and repaired Saints Peter and Paul Church in Cairo after a December 2016 suicide bombing that killed 29 people. It also issued an unprecedented civil marriage license to a Bahai couple with no religious affiliation designated on their national identity card. The government continued its efforts to preserve the nation’s Jewish heritage, including starting work to renovate and protect a historic synagogue in Alexandria. There were incidents of official anti-Semitism and public anti-Semitic statements by Al-Azhar, the country’s primary institution for spreading Islam and defending Islamic doctrine. According to religious leaders, educators, and families, the Ministry of Education made progress in removing language from school textbooks that it said could engender hate toward non-Muslims or promote the view that Islam was superior to other religions. The government-supported Islamic institutions Al-Azhar and Dar al-Ifta, the country’s fatwa issuing authority, continued to debate reforms to Islamic jurisprudence which mandates the death penalty for apostasy from Islam.

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After a three-year wait, the Egyptian Coptic families of 20 men beheaded by the so-called Islamic State in Libya in 2015 have finally received their loved ones’ remains.

The leader of the Coptic Church, Pope Tawadros II, accompanied by several bishops, priests and deacons, welcomed the 20 coffins at the Cairo airport on Monday evening, 14th May, with prayers and Coptic chants.

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The families finally received their loved ones’ remains yesterday. PICTURE: World Watch Monitor

From there the coffins were transported to the village of Al-Our in Minya province, where the Church of the Martyrs of Faith and Homeland, dedicated to the victims, had been inaugurated in February in anticipation of their repatriation.

Egyptian expats participation in presidential elections is historic: Copts for the Homeland

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The participation of Egyptians inside and outside the country is a national duty

The president of the General Union of ‘Copts for the Homeland’ Karim Kamal said that the participation of Egyptian expats in the 2018 presidential elections is ‘historic’ and the scene of voters lining up in queues will be recorded in history.

Kamal praised the participation of Egyptians in Gulf countries and the United States saying that the number exceeded all the expectations.

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Zubeida appearance reveals lies of BBC correspondent: SIS

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In connection with the statement issued by the State Information Service (SIS) about the BBC documentary report aired and published 23 February 2018 refuting the professional errors and violations as well as allegations it included on the situation in Egypt, especially regarding the “enforced disappearance” of citizen Zubeida, the State Information Services wishes to reiterate a range of issues:

Egypt surpasses SA as top investment spot in Africa – report

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Rand Merchant Bank's report shows that Egypt has displaced South Africa as Africa's leading investment hotspot

Egypt has knocked South Africa from its long-standing top spot regarding investments in Africa, according to Rand Merchant Bank’s latest Where to Invest in Africa report for 2018, released on Monday.

'Britain committed to war against terrorism,' UK minister Burt tells Egypt's FM Shoukry

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Egypt's minister of foreign affair Sameh Shoukry "R" and UK's state minister of Middle East and North Africa affairs Alistair Burt (Photo:Egyptian foreign ministry)

Egypt's foreign minister Sameh Shoukry met on Thursday in Cairo with Alistair Burt, the UK's minister of state affairs for the Middle East and North Africa, where they discussed the war against terrorism and the latest developments in the Middle East, the Egyptian foreign ministry said in a statement.

Coptic Christian attack: Egypt removes local security chief after ISIS kills 29

ISIS claims responsibility for Egypt bus attack

CAIRO –  Egypt removed the security chief of a province south of Cairo where Islamic State militants last week killed 29 Christians traveling to a remote monastery in the desert, an acknowledgment of the lapses by authorities in dealing with the attack.

According to an Interior Ministry statement late on Monday, Maj-Gen. Faisal Dewidar was transferred from his post and was assigned the position of deputy director of the security forces. It is not clear if the position is in Minya.

Ted Cruz Introduces Bill To Designate Muslim Brotherhood as Terrorist Organization

Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), speaks at the Growth and Opportunity Party, at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines, Iowa, Saturday October 31, 2015. With just 93 days before the Iowa caucuses Republican hopefuls are trying to shore up support amongst the party. (Photo by

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Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL) are introducing legislation calling for the U.S. government to label the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist organization.

The Texas Senator and Republican Presidential candidate said he is introducing the bill to protect against the “violent jihad” carried out by the Muslim Brotherhood affiliates both in the United States and the rest of the world.

Angela Merkel calls for burqa ban, says refugee crisis “must never be repeated”

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Angela Merkel has called for a burqa ban in Germany and said the refugee crisis “must never be repeated.”

Is this the same Angela Merkel?

“A situation like the one in the late summer of 2015 cannot, should not and must not be repeated,” she said. “That was and is our, and my, declared political aim.”

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“Angela Merkel calls for burqa ban ‘wherever legally possible’ in Germany”, by Lizzie Dearden, UK Independent, December 6, 2016:

السودانية المتهمة بـ"الردة": السلطات تغري السجناء المسيحيين بسداد ديونهم

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مريم يحيى ابراهيم

 كشفت مريم ابراهيم التي اتهمتها السلطات السودانية بالردة أن إدارة السجون تقدّم إغراءات مالية وتعرض سداد الديون عن المسيحيين المعتقلين مقابل اعتناقهم الإسلام.

تحدثت مريم يحيى ابراهيم السودانية التي حُكم عليها بالاعدام بعد ادانتها بالردة عن الاسلام ، لأول مرة منذ إطلاق سراحها ومغادرتها الى الولايات المتحدة عن محنتها في السجن وإجبارها على إنجاب ابنتها مكبّلة.  

BBC's religion boss: we need more coverage for Muslims, Hindus and Sikhs !!!

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Aaqil Ahmed wants more religious programming on the BBC BBC

A senior BBC figure wants more shows similar to Songs of Praise which would include coverage that would appeal to people of Muslim, Hindu and Sikh faiths.

Aaqil Ahmed, commissioning editor of religion and head of religion and ethics at the BBC, told MPs he has written a report answering criticism that non-Christian faiths were under-represented on the programme.

IMF: Egypt overtakes SA as Africa’s second largest economy

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South Africa has been known as the continent’s second-largest economy since Nigeria rebased its gross domestic product (GDP) data in early 2014. However, the IMF World Economic Outlook (WEO) released in mid-April provided more sobering GDP statistics for South Africa. Not only did the multilateral organisation suggest that the South African economy would grow by a mere 0.6% this year, but also that the country is now only the third-largest economy on the continent behind Nigeria and new silver medalist Egypt.

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Nigeria’s rebasing exercise some two years ago revealed that the oil-dependent economy was almost twice as big as previously thought. The country’s National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) ensured greater measurement of the informal sector, the inclusion of 46 industries from a previous 33, as well as methodological changes to measuring service sector activity with the rebasing. Backward adjustments to GDP indicated that Nigerian GDP in US dollar terms surpassed its South African equivalent in 2011. By the end of 2015, Nigeria’s GDP was measured at $490 billion compared to South Africa’s estimate of $313 billion.

Conference at the European Parliament on 26 April

European Muslims: radicalisation and de-radicalisation

European Muslims: radicalisation and de-radicalisation

 

  1. How should European Muslims deal with radicalisation and what role can women play in countering it and promoting de-radicalisation? These questions were discussed during a conference at the Parliament on 26 April. Following the opening of the conference by Vice-President Antonio Tajani at 15.00 CET, the phenomenon of radicalisation and how to counter it at national and EU level was assessed with experts and community leaders in attendance.

  2. Speaking ahead of the conference EP President Martin Schulz said: "Terrorism and radicalisation must be fought through prevention, monitoring, intelligence-gathering and updated rules and sanctions. There is one tool however which beats radicalisation before it even takes place.
    "We are increasingly witnessing the phenomenon not just of segregated societies, but of more and more segregated and alienated lives. Dialogue helps cure this sad reality."
    Vice-President Antonio Tajani also highlighted the efforts of Muslims in Europe to end radicalisation: "Many victims of extremist violence and Islamic extremist terrorism are Muslims themselves: we must unite our forces and denounce all forms of violence claiming a religious justification. I am convinced that Muslim communities in Europe and the world share this view. The goal of this conference is to give them a chance to show their opposition to radicalism and hatred."

UK RAF set for the 'long-haul' against the Islamic State

A pair of RAF Tornado GR4sapproach RAF Akrotiri in Cyprus on 3 December 2015, after carrying out some of the first British bombing runs over Syria. A senior service official says that the RAF is geared for a protracted mission against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. Source: PA

The UK Royal Air Force (RAF) is confident that it can maintain its current level of operations over Iraq and Syria "for years" if needs be, a senior service official said on 30 March.

Muslim Brotherhood will legally challenge UK government report

Organisation says long-awaited inquiry into political Islam has been unduly influenced by Britain’s allies that are hostile to democracy in the Middle East

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A critical report calling for greater oversight of the Muslim Brotherhood is expected to be subject to a legal challenge by the Islamist movement after it is published on Thursday by the government.

The long-awaited inquiry, ordered by David Cameron, into the Brotherhood’s operation in the UK is expected to include new curbs on the group and its associates in a move that will be presented by ministers as a crackdown on Islamism.

Rights Group Calls on Egypt to Reverse Blasphemy Conviction

  • By HAMZA HENDAWI, ASSOCIATED PRESS

Human Rights Watch on Monday called on Egypt to drop prison sentences against four Coptic Christian teenagers convicted of blasphemy, an appeal made one day after the justice minister was sacked for saying he would imprison the Prophet Muhammad if he committed a crime, remarks widely seen as blasphemous.

The teenagers' Feb. 25 conviction was based on a video in which they intended to mock the extremist Islamic State group after its Libyan affiliate beheaded a group of Egyptian Christians last year.

جلسه عاجله لحل حزب النور

بعد مضى اكثر من سنه على رفعها قررت المحكمه الاداريه العليا  (دائرة الاحزاب السياسيه ) نظر الدعوى المرفوعه من المستشار ممدوح نخله بصفته وكيلا عن مدحت قلادة الناشط الحقوقي المعروف لحل حزب النور باعتبارة حزبا دينيا ومخالفا للدستور المصرى الجديد وكذلك لقانون شئون الاحزاب الذان يحظرا قيام حزب سياسي على اساس دينى او طائفى وحددت لنظرها  جلسه 16 يناير القادم واشارت عريضه الدعوى الى ان  الماده 54 من الدستور تنص على ان  للمواطنين حق تكوين الأحزاب السياسية بإخطار ينظمه القانون، ولا يجوز قيامها أو مباشرتها لأي نشاط على أساس ديني، أو التفرقة بين المواطنين بسبب الجنس أو الأصل أو الموقع الجغرافي أو الطائفي أو ممارسة نشاط سري أو معادٍ لمبادئ الديمقراطية، أو ذي طابع عسكري وشبه عسكري، ئ بينما حزب النور منذ تاسيسه ينادى بقيام دوله الخلافه الدينيه ويمارس نشاطا اقرب للدعوة الدينيه منه للسياسه كما ان هناك اختلاط بين برنامج الدعوة السلفيه وبرنامج الحزب وعدم وضوح الرؤيا بين المتحدثين  باسم الدعوة السلفيه وقادة الحزب 

House panel OKs bill to call Muslim Brotherhood terror group

WASHINGTON –  The Republican-led House Judiciary Committee has approved legislation calling on the State Department to label the Muslim Brotherhood a foreign terrorist organization.

Lawmakers voted Wednesday along party lines, 17-10.

Supporters say if the measure is signed into law, the U.S. would have to deny admittance to individuals who are tied to the Brotherhood but aren't U.S. citizens or U.S. nationals.

Individuals who provide material support to the group would face criminal penalties.

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.

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New breath test tackles growing rates of oesophageal cancer

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Professor George Hanna Imperial College, London

Oesophageal cancer affects the pipe that connects the mouth to the top of the stomach. It’s the ninth most common type of cancer in the UK and 8,500 new cases are diagnosed every year. Professor George Hanna is an upper gastrointestinal consultant surgeon at St Mary’s Hospital. He and his team devised a breath test which can diagnose oesophageal cancer quickly and effectively, without the need for an endoscopy. In this, Oesophageal Cancer Awareness Month, Professor Hanna explains why the condition is on the rise and how a simple breath test could help save lives.

Syria vote: David Cameron achieves his goal

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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.

Egyptian four-year-old's life sentence a mistake, military says

Media captionThe child was convicted of participating in a Muslim Brotherhood protest in early 2014

An Egyptian military court made a mistake by sentencing a four-year-old boy to life in prison for murder last week, the military has acknowledged.

Spokesman Col Mohammed Samir said the court should have sentenced a 16-year-old with a similar name instead.

The High Court of Justice in Cairo (21 January 2016)

Ahmed Mansour Qurani Ali was convicted along with 115 others in connection with riots by Muslim Brotherhood supporters in Fayoum province in 2014.

His lawyer had submitted documents proving that he was one at the time.

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.

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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

Egyptian columnist delivers stinging attack against el-Sissi

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Egyptian author Ahmed Naji, center background, attends a court hearing in Cairo, Egypt, Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016.  Naji was sentenced to two years in jail on Saturday by a Cairo appeals court for publishing a sexually explicit excerpt of his novel that prosecutors said violated “public modesty.”  Naji was initially acquitted by another court, but prosecutors appealed the verdict. (AP Photo/Ramy Yaacoub)
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Egyptian author Ahmed Naji, center background, attends a court hearing in Cairo, Egypt, Saturday, Feb. …

CAIRO (AP) — A prominent columnist on Sunday delivered the harshest attack to date against Egypt's president in the local media, saying that Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi presided over a "theocracy" that is no different from the Islamist-led government he overthrew in 2013.

In a front-page column in the al-Maqal daily, Ibrahim Eissa expressed outrage over a two-year prison sentence issued Saturday against author Ahmed Naji for publishing a sexually explicit excerpt of his novel that prosecutors said violated "public modesty."

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

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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”

Egypt’s elite bid farewell to ex-U.N. chief Boutros Ghali

A widow’s grief: Leia Maria Boutros-Ghali (L), sits next to the Egyptian flag-draped coffin carrying her late husband Former U.N. Secretary-General Boutros Ghali

 

Egypt’s political and religious elite turned out Thursday for the funeral of former U.N. secretary-general Boutros Ghali, who steered the world body through several global conflicts during one of its toughest periods.

The Egyptian diplomat, who became the first African secretary-general in 1992, died in Cairo on Tuesday aged 93.

He was given an elaborate military send-off attended by President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.

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 writer sentenced to three years imprisonment

Fatima Naaot, a prominent Egyptian writer, poet and broadcaster, was found guilty of "insulting Islam" and sentenced to three years imprisonment for “contempt of religion” on 26 January.

Fatima Naaot was sentenced for comments she made online in relation to the festival of Eid Al-Adha, an important celebration in the Muslim calendar involving the public “sacrificing” of a sheep or goat to commemorate Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his son. In an October 2015 post on her Facebook page, Ms Naaot described the annual tradition as the "greatest massacre committed by human beings” and also wrote "Happy massacre, everybody".

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).

Anti-Islam groups launch Europe-wide coalition pledging to defend 'Western civilisation'

ANTI-ISLAMISATION groups from across Europe have joined forces to form a single mass movement today with a pledge to protect "the thousand-year history of Western Civilisation".

By Nick Gutteridge

Anti-Islamisation groups across Europe have joined forces pledging to defend Western Civilisation

The British branch of the far-right PEGIDA movement will join colleagues from across the continent as part of the Fortress Europe coalition, which says it will "never surrender to our enemies" amid concerns about mass Muslim migration.

The new alliance brings together tens of thousands of campaigners from across Europe and has been announced in response to the escalating migrant crisis and alleged refugee sex attacks in Germany and Sweden.

It will feature veteran activists from all corners of Europe including Tommy Robinson - the former leader of the English Defence League (EDL) who is now fronting PEGIDA UK.

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Former EDL leader Tommy Robinson is fronting PEGIDA UK

The groups met near Prague last week to thrash out a common mission statement with eight bullet points in which the campaigners pledge to "risk our lives" to oppose "political Islam, extreme Islamic regimes and their European collaborators".

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Egypt starts dig on Gaza border to stop smuggling tunnels
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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.

Saudis Shut Down Camel Urine Shop – Owner Was Selling His Own Urine

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Camel urine is believed to provide healing powers by Muslims.

A Saudi camel urine shop was closed after authorities discovered the owner was selling his own urine.
Mail Online reported, via Jihad Watch:

Saudi authorities have closed down a shop selling traditional camel urine drinks after discovering the owner had been filling the bottles with his own bodily waste.

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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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