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Tanzania Arrests 4 Saudis Over church Bomb Attack  

Tanzanian police have arrested at least six suspects, including four Saudi Arabian nationals, in connection with a bomb attack on a church in the northern city of Arusha on Sunday in which two people were killed and dozens injured, police officials said Tuesday.

It is the first time foreigners have been arrested for suspected involvement in the hitherto local religious tensions that have been simmering for several months now between the country's Christians and Muslims.

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Associated Press

Wounded churchgoers lie on the ground after a blast at the St. Joseph Mfanyakazi Roman Catholic Church in Arusha, Tanzania Sunday.

"Four Saudi Arabia nationals were arrested near the Namanga border post, on the Kenyan border. We suspect they were the brains behind the attack," a police official, who declined to be named, said by telephone from Arusha.

 

Egypt's Morsi Brings More Islamists into Cabinet

Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi, third left, attends Friday prayers in Cairo, Egypt, April 26, 2013.
Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi, third left, attends Friday prayers in Cairo, Egypt, April 26, 2013.

CAIRO — Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi increased the influence of his Muslim Brotherhood over government in a Cabinet reshuffle that replaced two ministers involved in crucial talks with the IMF over a $4.8 billion loan.

The changes fell well short of the opposition's demand for a complete overhaul of Prime Minister Hisham Kandil's administration and the installation of a neutral Cabinet to oversee parliamentary elections later this year.

 

What the Egyptian press has not published

This week, Egypt witnessed three events have not received the desired media attention,

First: several hundreds of Salafis demonstrated last Thursday evening in front of the headquarter of the National Security (the former name: State Security) to denounce what they called the return of prosecutions of persons belonging to religious stream, their pretext was that the National Security Agency Sent requests to attend some activists affiliated with the stream of political Islam in the previous period

But, Monitoring the events, clear that the main objective of these demonstrations and protests is to bring down the National Security Agency and weaken it as what happened to the Interior Ministry during the revolution of January 2011, especially those protests came after attacks on Copts by Salafist groups and throwing Molotov cocktails at the church in Wasta City (in Bani Swaif Province)

    

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Egyptian activist to be tried for insulting president, remains in custody

By Associated Press,

TANTA, Egypt — Prominent Egyptian activist Ahmed Douma was arrested and immediately referred to trial for allegedly insulting the country’s president in a TV interview, a prosecutor said Thursday.

Douma is to stand trial on Sunday — less than a week after being arrested. He is the first prominent opposition activist to be tried on charges of insulting Islamist President Mohammed Morsi.

AP 

Act of terrorism plan suspects plead guilty in UK

Anzal Hussain left, and Mohammed Hasseen, right

Anzal Hussain left, and Mohammed Hasseen, right ((AP Photo/ West Midalnds Police via PA))   

April 30, 2013 (LONDON) -- Six men pleaded guilty in Britain on Tuesday to planning a terrorist attack on a demonstration by the far-right English Defense League which failed because the plotters arrived after the rally ended.

 

The men were arrested in July in central England after a search of an impounded vehicle found hidden guns, a nail bomb and other weapons, prompting police to trace and arrest the driver, the passenger and the other suspects.

Tea Party Congressman: Muslim Brotherhood Is Guiding Obama In Boston Bombings Investigation

Appearing on World Net Daily’s radio show, Gohmert speculated that Attorney General Eric Holder read bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev his Miranda rights to “shut him up” and undermine the investigation into the brothers’ possible ties to radical Islam. “It’s very clear to everybody but this administration that radical Islam is at war against us,” he said, before noting that Obama has displayed a “real pattern” of “incompetence” in responding to the threat from extremists during his tenure. He then suggested that members of the Muslim Brotherhood have infiltrated the administration and are leading the president astray:

 

Egyptian police refuse to protect Coptic Christians during gun and machete attack on mourners at cathedral

  • Men with guns, wielding machetes and hurling stones laid siege to cathedral
  • Uniformed officers looked on and appeared to help one gunman take aim
  • Worshippers were streaming out of service held for victims of earlier clash
  • It follows increase in tensions between Egypt's Christians and Muslims

By Leon Watson

 

A shocking video has emerged that appears to show Egyptian police standing idly by as an anti-Christian mob launch a frenzied attack on a cathedral filled with mourners.

Two worshippers were left dead and 84 injured, including 11 police officers, as men shooting guns, wielding machetes and hurling stones laid siege to the walled Coptic cathedral compound in Cairo earlier this month.

Footage of the prolonged mass attack shows uniformed officers looking on and appearing to help one gunman take aim at people streaming out of a service held for five men killed in an earlier clash with Muslims.

 

New footage has emerged of men shooting guns, wielding machetes and hurling stones laid siege to the Coptic cathedral in Cairo earlier this month

 

Protest over Christian persecution in Egypt held outside the House of Lords in London

By Alexandra Geels

Special to ASSIST News Service

LONDON, UK (ANS) -- Enraged demonstrators condemned the persecution of the Coptic Christians of Egypt outside the House of Lords, the upper chamber of the UK parliament, during a protest demonstration organized by Coptic United (www.unitedcopts.org) on Saturday, April 20, 2013.

Protesters outside the House of Lords condemn Christian Persecution in Egypt

Coptic clerics, human rights activists, as well as leaders of like-minded organizations including Global Minorities Alliance (GMA), a Glasgow-based human rights organization’s with its Chief Executive, Sheraz Khan, and others, participated in the protest.

 

 

Egypt’s opposition calls protests, charges Islamists attempting to take over judiciary

By Associated Press,

CAIRO — Egypt’s main opposition group and judges vowed Monday to step up their fight against plans by the Islamist-dominated legislature to debate a bill critics say aims to impose Muslim Brotherhood control over the courts.

The judiciary has become the latest battleground between supporters and opponents of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi. The bill, expected to reduce retirement age for judges, has already sparked violence between opponents and supporters.

On Monday, Morsi met with members of the top judicial body, the Supreme Judicial Council, in an attempt to contain the situation. Morsi said in a statement he “doesn’t accept any encroaching on the judiciary or judges” and urged judges to stay clear of media debates and political interference over the issue to reaffirm respect of the judiciary in people’s mind.

 

Copt groups in UK protest to stop 'human rights violations' in Egypt

Coptic organisations in the UK stage a demonstration in London on Saturday against "barbaric" human rights violations in Egypt

Amer Sultan in London , Saturday 20 Apr 2013

Demonstrating before the House of Lords, the upper chamber of the UK parliament, Christian protesters called on the UK and other world powers to put pressure on the Egyptian government to stop “the persecution of liberal and religious minorities” in Egypt.

 

The organisers of the demo included Coptic organisations such as United Copts, Christian Solidarity Worldwide, and United Action for Egyptian Christians.

The organisers said they are protesting against all violations of human rights in Egypt.

“We invited all Egyptians and freedom loving people in UK to express grave concern over the kind of human rights [regime] in Egypt,” Ibrahim Habib, from United Copts, told Ahram Online.

   
Coptic Pope, Morsi in War of Words Over Attacks on Christians
By Mary Abdelmassih

(AINA) -- Yesterday saw a sharp exchange of words between the Coptic Orthodox Church and the Egyptian Presidency over the attacks on Copts in Al-Khosous city in Qaliubia on April 4 and 5 (AINA 4-6-2013) and the attack on mourners at St Mark Cathedral as they left the funeral service for Al-Khosous victims on Sunday 7th April (AINA 4-7-2013). One Copt was killed by gunfire in the attack and 89 were injured. One Muslim died after falling from a ladder, which he had climbed to destroy the Cathedral's security camera.

The attack on St. Mark Cathedral was not prevented by security forces, who stood by and watched.

Pope Tawadros II, who was not present during the funeral service on Sunday, announced today that he is retiring in the monastery of St.Pishoy in Wadi Natroun and has cancelled all previous apointments until further notice.

BBC 

Two Birmingham men guilty of terror charges

Mohammed Rizwan and Bahader Ali 

Mohammed Rizwan and Bahader Ali will be sentenced later this month

Two men from Birmingham have pleaded guilty to being part of a terrorist cell whose leaders were planning a suicide bomb attack in the UK.

Bahader Ali and Mohammed Rizwan admitted engaging in conduct in preparation of acts of terrorism.

 

Egyptian police hold Dutch reporter overnight after citizen arrest, then release her

CAIRO — A Dutch journalist working in Egypt said she was released Tuesday from nearly 12 hours in police custody after an Egyptian vigilante arrested her and turned her over to authorities, accusing her of spreading European culture and endangering the country.

Rena Netjes, a freelance reporter for a number of Dutch media who covers Egypt and Libya, told The Associated Press that the citizen who arrested her on Monday took her passport and handed her over to police in a Cairo suburb. At the time, she was asking young people in the area if she could interview them.

Prosecutors released her on Tuesday after police held her overnight. A Dutch Embassy spokesman said Egypt’s top prosecutor ordered Netjes’ release and asked her to renew her expired Egyptian press credentials. The spokesman requested anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to reporters.

seattlepi.com 

Egypt: Clashes outside Copt cathedral leave 1 dead

AYA BATRAWY, Associated Press, By AYA BATRAWY and SARAH EL DEEB, Associated Press

  • Several burned cars belonging to Egyptian Christians remain in the street after clashes between Muslims and Christians in Qalubiya, just outside Cairo, Egypt, Saturday, April 6, 2013. Several Egyptians including 4 Christians and a Muslim were killed in sectarian clashes before dawn on Saturday, security officials said. A picture of the late Coptic Pope Shenouda is seen at end of street.  EGYPT OUT Photo: Mohammed Nouhan, El Shorouk Newspaper

    Several burned cars belonging to Egyptian Christians remain in the street after clashes between Muslims and Christians in Qalubiya, just outside Cairo, Egypt, Saturday, April 6, 2013. Several Egyptians including 4 Christians and a Muslim were killed in sectarian clashes before dawn on Saturday, security officials said. A picture of the late Coptic Pope Shenouda is seen at end of street. EGYPT OUT Photo: Mohammed Nouhan, El Shorouk Newspaper

    Several burned cars belonging to Egyptian Christians remain in the...

  • CAIRO (AP) — Christians angered by the killing of four Christians in weekend sectarian violence clashed Sunday with a mob throwing rocks and firebombs, killing one and turning Cairo's main Coptic cathedral into a battleground.

The clashes raised tempers in an already tense political atmosphere, as workers shut down the country's trains in a strike over wages and a dispute over the nation's chief prosecutor entered a new phase — all signs of two years of unending turmoil.

Reacting to Sunday's violence, the Muslim Brotherhood's political party blamed "dubious" attempts by unnamed parties to broaden instability in Egypt by igniting sectarian violence and spreading chaos.

  

Muslims attack Coptic Cathedral in Cairo 

On the afternoon of Sunday, April 7, Egyptian police surrounded and protected Saint Mark’s Coptic Cathedral of Cairo, the headquarters of the Coptic Pope, after four hours of attacks on the church by Muslims throwing Molotov cocktails, rocks, and firearms, and where Christians gathered to mourn their dead. 

A liturgy was being held for eight murdered Christians resulting from a bloodthirsty rampage by Muslim vigilantes three days earlier on Friday afternoon. Muslims took revenge upon an entire Christian neighborhood in reaction to an incident a few hours earlier where a Christian male defended the life of a Christian girl under assault by a Muslim. 

 

Egypt steps up campaign against TV satirist, threatens to close station airing his program

CAIRO — Egyptian authorities on Tuesday stepped up a campaign against a popular TV comedian accused of insulting the president, threatening to revoke the license of a private TV station that airs his weekly program and angrily dismissing U.S. criticism of legal proceedings against him.

The satirist, Bassem Youssef, was questioned by state prosecutors earlier this week over accusations that he insulted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi and Islam. On his Jon Stewart-inspired show, Youssef frequently satirizes everything from the president’s policies to his mannerisms, as well as hardline Islamic clerics, while highlighting contradictions in their comments.

 

A Brief History of Radical Islamists in the U.S. Armed Forces

Eric Harroun was charged Thursday for fighting alongside Jabhat al-Nusra, but he's far from the first veteran to turn to terrorism. Nor is he likely to be the last.

A fighter from the Syria-based Islamist rebel group Jabhat al-Nusra runs as their base is shelled in Raqqa province, eastern Syria, on March 14, 2013. (Reuters)

Over the last decade, U.S. Armed Forces have spent much of their time fighting against militants in distant lands. But something else has gone largely unnoticed during this time. Rather than trying to kill terrorists, some American soldiers have joined them.

 

U.S. accuses Egypt of stifling freedom of expression over questioning of popular satirist

U.S. State Department lambasts Egyptian authorities for targeting comedian Bassem Youssef over allegations he insulted President Mohammed Morsi and Islam.

Popular Egyptian television satirist Bassem Youssef.
Popular Egyptian television satirist Bassem Youssef waves to is supporters as he enters Egypt's state prosecutors office in Cairo, Egypt, March 31, 2013. Photo by AP
The United States on Monday accused Egypt of muzzling freedom of speech after prosecutors questioned the most popular Egyptian television satirist over allegations he insulted President Mohammed Morsi and Islam.

U.S. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland also suggested the Egyptian authorities were selectively prosecuting those accused of insulting the government while ignoring or playing down attacks on anti-government demonstrators.

Bassem Youssef, who rose to fame with a satirical online show after the uprising that swept autocrat Hosni Mubarak from power in 2011, turned himself in on Sunday after the prosecutor general issued an arrest warrant for the comedian on Saturday.

Copts United 

Egypt: Morsy’s opposition is described as traitors in public school exam

Ammar Fouad, political activist, said that Arabic language exams of the second and third grade of the preparatory school in Damietta have described the opposition as traitors whose flesh should be eaten by fishes!

He wondered: How come this happens in the exams of a public school, and Eng. Saad El Sherbiny, who is in charge of the education departments in Damietta, is holding his peace while the Muslim Brotherhood group is seizing schools and education departments in Damietta.

He threatened to hold sit-in and hunger strike to prevent such seizure.

 

Sudanese Christian woman held without charge: AI

March 27, 2013 (KHARTOUM) - Salwa Fahmi Suleiman Gireis, a Sudanese Christian woman and NGO worker, has been detained without charges for over month by the Sudanese security services (NSS) following her arrest from her home in Khartoum last month, Amnesty International (AI) said in a statement.

According to Amnesty, the 64-year-old accountant was working for an Evangelical Christian organisation prior to her arrest on the morning of 12 February when four men, who identified themselves as members of the NSS, entered the house and arrested her without providing a reason.


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