Violence grips Egypt as protesters defy Morsi's decree 

Egyptian protester

An Egyptian protester waves his national flag as he gestures towards riot police during clashes near Cairo's Tahrir Square. Source: AFP

VIOLENCE has gripped Egypt for a fifth straight day as Egypt's main opposition bloc turned down an invitation to hold talks with President Mohamed Morsi and called instead for fresh mass protests.

A man was killed as police and protesters clashed in Cairo and lobbed rocks at each other on a bridge in an underpass leading to the capital's iconic Tahrir Square as tear gas hung heavily in the air.

The clashes continued sporadically throughout the day, witnesses said, accusing gunmen of opening fire on the demonstrators from rooftops.


Port Said riot death rise to 32

A burning minibus set on fire by Egyptian protesters in Port Said on January 26, 2013.  

At least 32 people have been killed and over 300 injured in clashes over an unpopular court verdict in the Egyptian city of Port Said.

On Saturday, a judge sentenced 21 local people to death for their roles in a football riot in Port Said in which 74 people were killed and 1,000 others injured in February 2012.

The court verdict sparked deadly clashes between security forces and supporters of the defendants.

The rioters, many armed with weapons, attacked police stations, fired guns, and hurled rocks at the security forces.

According to a security official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, the clashes left 32 people dead, including two policemen. Many died from gunshot wounds, he added.

The official said 312 civilians and members of the security forces were also injured.


Nine dead, hundreds injured as tens of thousands protest in Egypt to mark revolt

Egyptian protesters light a fire in the street in the Nile Delta city of Mansoura some 120 kilometres north of Cairo on January 25, 2013. (AFP Photo)

More than 450 people have been injured and at least nine have been killed in street clashes across Egypt as thousands protest against President Mohamed Morsi and his party. Troops have been deployed in the city of Suez amid violence.

Molotov cocktails, rocks, teargas and gunfire marked the second anniversary of the Egyptian revolution.

A reported 456 people have been wounded since the start of violent clashes in Cairo, Alexandria and Suez, Reuters says citing Egyptian officials.

At least nine people are said to have been killed in clashes across the country. Eight of the dead, including a policeman, were shot dead in Suez, and another was shot and killed in the city of Ismailia, medics said.


Fatal clashes on Egypt uprising anniversary

Protester Hany Ragy: "We feel our revolution has been stolen" 

Egyptian opposition supporters are protesting across the country on the second anniversary of the uprising that swept Hosni Mubarak from power, with five people killed in the city of Suez.

Police clashed with President Mohammed Morsi's opponents in Cairo outside his palace and near Tahrir Square.

Alexandria also saw clashes. In Ismailia, protesters set fire to the HQ of the Muslim Brotherhood's party.

Critics accuse Mr Morsi of betraying the revolution, which he denies.


'We're only after the Christians...' Minutes later a Briton lay dead:

a Briton lay dead:

Terrifying moment gas plant gunmen rounded up non-Muslims and strapped explosives to their necks

  • Algerian employee says Westerner was 'blown up' for trying to give first aid
  • IT worker says Westerners were rounded up and targeted
  • Attackers knew compound layout and were organised

By Anna Edwards


Ordeal: Hostages are seen sitting against the wall of a building outside the gas plant during the terrifying crisis


A British security guard was murdered in cold blood just minutes into the siege at the Algerian gas plant, an IT worker caught up in the hostage crisis has told The Mail on Sunday.


Statement by Father Juan Carlos Martos cmf

Secretariat of PV Clarettiani Missionaries

"This is a brutal example of how far the struggle between muslims and catholics in Nigeria has reached.

Muslims are determined to impose their 'religion' all over Africa as well as in other continents and countries of the world. Islam has but one goal: rule the world at any cost!"

"And where are the International Human Rights Organizations?

Christians are burnt alive in Nigeria, a horrific Holocaust right in front of International indifference as denounced by Father Juan Carlos Martos on behalf of the Missionari Clarettiani via del Sacro Cuore di Maria, Rome, Italy."


Hooded 'Muslim Patrol' vigilantes remove alcohol from drinkers and tell women to cover up as they stalk London suburb

By Martin Robinson 

Target: This so-called Muslim Patrol take the alcohol from this man and filmed it for a YouTube video

Target: This so-called Muslim Patrol take the alcohol from this man and filmed it for a YouTube propaganda video

Police are investigating reports a gang claiming to be Islamic vigilantes have been confronting members of the public and demanding they give up alcohol and women cover their flesh in their 'Muslim area'.

The hooded men, who call themselves Muslim Patrol, have been filmed walking London's streets and calling white women 'naked animals with no self respect.'


Israel will cease to exist within a decade, says Muslim Brotherhood official

A senior Muslim Brotherhood official has said that Israel will cease to exist within a decade, the latest in a series of inflammatory comments by figures close to Egypt's Mohammed Morsi.

Essam el-Erian speaks during a session at the Shura Council

Essam el-Erian speaks during a session at the Shura Council building in Cairo Photo: AP

Essam el-Erian, deputy head of the Brotherhood's political arm, the Freedom and Justice Party, was trying to lay to rest a controversy over comments he made in an interview last week, in which he invited Egyptian-born Jews to return to the country.

In an interview with the Saudi-backed newspaper Al-Sharq al-Awsat, Mr Erian said that the "ideology of Zionism" had ended in failure and that "Palestine's occupiers" should leave to make way for the return of Palestinians.


EU president tells Egypt’s Islamist leader: freedoms required to restore investment, tourism

Morsi is Egypt’s first freely elected president, but the six months he has been in office have been defined by what his liberal and secular critics see as attempts by his fundamentalist Muslim Brotherhood to monopolize power and the hurried adoption of a constitution drafted by his Islamist allies and adopted by nearly 64 percent of the voters in a referendum, with a turnout of just 32 percent.



Family Sentenced to 15 Years In Prison for Converting to Christianity in Egypt

A criminal court in Egypt has sentenced a family of eight in Beni-Suef to 15 years in prison for converting to Christianity and changing their place of residence. The court also sentenced seven employees in the local authority of Beni-Suef's city of Beba to five years in prison.

The court, headed by Judge Ashraf abdel-Naby Shahin and Judge Tamer abdel-Rahman, sentenced Nadia Mohamed Ali and her children Mohab, Maged, Sherif, Amira, Amir, and Nancy Ahmed Mohamed abdel-Wahab to 15 years in prison.

They also sentenced Nabil Adly Hana, Ayad Naguib Ayad, Hany Bebawy Reyad, Amgad Awad Bebawy, Shehata Wahba Ghobrial, Mohamed Oweis abdel-Gawad, and Mohamed abdel-Fatah el-Berawy to five years in prison.


By James Murray

THE wife of hook-handed Islamic hate preacher Abu Hamza has attacked American prison authorities for keeping him locked up 23 hours a day and refusing to let him use a comb.

Hamza, 54, was finally extradited to New York last October and is awaiting trial on 11 terrorism-related offences. It took Britain eight years to get rid of him as he fought extradition to the US.

The legal and prison bills cost taxpayers at least £1million.

His wife, Najat, who is believed to be still living on benefits in London with some of her seven children, complained on a supporter’s website about his living conditions. She complains he has been denied any face-to-face meetings since his incarceration. Even when he meets with his lawyers he cannot see them because they sit behind a glass screen with a curtain.

'Mosque buster' claims he can stop 'tide of Islam' by giving free advice on how to block building plans for new places of worship

By Larisa Brown 

A planning lawyer and self-styled 'mosque buster' claims he is fighting to stop the 'tide of Islam' by successfully blocking plans for the building of mosques across the UK.

Gavin Boby, once linked to the far-right English Defence League, boasts he has already blocked plans for 16 out of 17 mosques being built.



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Sudan Cracks Down on South Sudanese Christians

Church building demolished; student imprisoned.

By Our Sudan Correspondent, South Sudan, January 10, 2013 (Morning Star News) – Sudanese authorities rang in the new year by bulldozing a church building outside Khartoum because it belonged to Christians of South Sudanese origin and lacked a permit, a source said.

South Sudanese have been ordered to leave the country following the new republic’s secession from Sudan in July 2011, but thousands are reportedly stranded in the north due to loss of jobs, poverty, transportation limitations and ethnic and tribal conflict in South Sudan.


Former Judge Challenges Egypt's Constitution

By SARAH EL DEEB Associated Press


The only female judge to sit on Egypt's highest court said Tuesday she has filed the first legal challenge against the country's highly contentious constitution, which cost her the seat she held.

Tahani el-Gebali said she filed her complaint to the Supreme Constitutional Court questioning the legality of the charter, which she said was drafted and passed illegally.

Egypt foils attack on Coptic Orthodox church

Egyptian troops foiled a bomb attack on a church in the frontier town of Rafah timed to coincide with Coptic Orthodox Christmas, the authorities said on Monday.


Army units received a tip-off about the attack, and in the early hours of Monday morning, Coptic Christmas Day, discovered a Toyota car packed with explosives and weapons near the church, according to the state news agency.

Another car driven by masked men then sped off.

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Mother jailed for life for beating son to death for not learning Qur'an


Sara Ege court case
Sara Ege: a postmortem revealed that Yaseen suffered multiple injuries caused by three months of physical punishment. Photograph: South Wales police/PAA
mother who beat her seven-year-old son to death for failing to learn the Qur'an by heart and then burned his body in an attempt to hide her
crime has been jailed for life.

Sara Ege, 33, collapsed and had to be helped sobbing from the dock after being told on Monday she would serve 17 years before she could be considered for parole.


Cardiff crown court heard that Ege treated her son Yaseen "like a dog" when he struggled to memorise passages of the holy book of Islam. She beat him on the hands and his body until he collapsed on the floor of his bedroom and died.



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Ordinary Muslims in Indonesia Violating Rights, Study Finds Most religious rights violations were directed at Christians in 2012.

By Our Asia Correspondent

NEW DELHI, January 4, 2012 (
Morning Star News) – Concerns are growing over at least 50 cases of religious freedom violations against Christians in Indonesia last year, as not only extremists but ordinary Muslims were responsible for many of the acts of intolerance and violence, according to a recent study.

“Cases of intolerance against Christians remained high in the country” in 2012, Bonar Tigor Naipospos, deputy chairman of the Jakarta-based group Setara Institute for Democracy and Peace, told Morning Star News.

Christians were targeted in at least 50 of 264 cases of religious freedom violations in 2012, more than any other group, Naipospos added. Setara recorded 54 such cases against Christians in 2011, following the especially volatile year of 2010, when there were 75 cases against Christians.


Popular Egypt satirist accused of mocking president

Dr Bassem Youssef

Dr Bassem Youssef shot to fame with his amateur internet videos poking fun at public figures in the wake of the February 2011 uprising

A popular Egyptian political satirist is being investigated by prosecutors for allegedly insulting the president.

A formal complaint was brought against Bassem Youssef for "undermining the standing" of President Mohamed Morsi in his television show.


Sudan Bombings Kill More Nuba Christians Around Christmas

Several children dead after aerial attacks.

By Our Sudan Correspondent, South Sudan, December 31, 2012 (Morning Star News) – Non-Arab Christians in Sudan’s Nuba Mountains said they feel forgotten after Sudanese air forces killed at least 11 of the faithful in bombings before and after Christmas, according to area sources.

Following bombings of non-Arab civilians in Christian villages in Sudan’s South Kordofan state from Dec. 18 to Dec. 26, the ethnic Nuba Christians are praying for a change of government in Khartoum, said a church leader from the state who recently visited Juba.


Bomb kills 2 at Egyptian Coptic church in Libya’s 3rd-largest city, Misrata

By Associated Press

Egypt’s ambassador visited the church in the coastal city after the attack and urged Libyan security forces to ensure the property is guarded.

A Libyan security official says the deadly attack was caused by a bomb made from an explosive material that typically requires a detonator. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the incident is still under investigation.

Tens of thousands of Egyptian workers have returned to work in Libya following last year’s civil war, despite security dangers.

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