Saudi woman minister needs permission to be on TV Laughing 

RIYADH (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia's first woman cabinet minister cannot appear on television without permission, a newspaper quoted her as saying on Monday.

Noura al-Faiz's appointment in February as deputy minister for women's education was hailed as a big step for the integration of women in conservative Saudi Arabia where a puritanical form of Islam bans women from driving, voting and mixing with unrelated men.

Egyptian Copts to Obama: Reconciliation is a Two-Way Street

by Nissan Ratzlav-Katz

( Members of the Egyptian Coptic diaspora urged American President Barack Obama to remember the Middle East's oppressed non-Muslim minorities during his upcoming trip to Cairo. Several members of the U.S. Congress echoed the Copts' concerns.

Justice Egyptian style; Police officers get 5 years for murdering Christians.

From M. Abdelmassih 

Giza Criminal Court has handed down 25th May 2009 a five-year prison sentence to the two Police constables who killed the Copt Nasser Gadallah, by throwing him out of a window.

The Gadallah family's legal team objected to this lenient sentence, and asked the Court to reclassify the charge as 'wilful, premeditated, and deliberate killing.'



Father Mattaos WahbaEgyptian Convert Airs Declaration of Priest’s Innocence

Christian woman tells TV audience imprisoned clergyman did not know of false ID.

By Roger Elliott

ISTANBUL, May 22 (Compass Direct News) – An Egyptian convert from Islam  who forged Christian identification papers and later used them to marry a Coptic man has appeared on a television show declaring the innocence of a priest serving a five-year sentence for marrying the couple.

Mosque registrations up but female Commission staff face barriers

 Mosque in London






At least 124 more mosques have registered as charities since the Charity Commission’s Faith and Social Cohesion Unit began to focus on Muslim groups, despite its female outreach officers encountering hostility in some quarters.

Two Christian Copts detained for a third time under Emergency Law.


Two Christian Copts, brothers Refaat and Ibrahim Fawzy Abdo, who were falsely accused last May of killing one of the militant Muslim raiders on the Abu Fana, Monastery, have been detained for a third time.

In spite of having been released again by a court ruling this month and the Ministry of Interior losing its appeal against this ruling, Minya State Security Services issued a new detention order, and the brothers were transferred back yesterday for the third consecutive time, to the New Valley detention camp. They were awaiting the implementation of the Court verdict to release them at the Minya prison.

Baroness Cox asks a question at the House of Lords

about the demolision of the Service Building

in Marsa Matrouh



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Asked by Baroness Cox

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will make representations to the Government of Egypt about reports that their state security forces demolished the services building belonging to the Coptic Orthodox Diocese of Masrah Matrouh, assaulting the Coptic priests and Coptic women and men, on 26 April at 7.30 am. [HL3479]

President Barack Obama

President Barack Obama Removes his Shoes While Visiting the Sultan Ahmed Mosque

CFI Urges President Obama to Remember Persecuted Christians in Egypt

Christian Freedom International

 SAULT STE. MARIE, MI -- President Obama has chosen Egypt to deliver a major address to the Muslim world. Obama said after his election in November that he planned to make such a speech to show Muslims that the United States was extending its hand in friendship after years of tension.

Britons Held At Gunpoint In Egypt Over Flu

A British family have told of their holiday hell after being held in quarantine by armed guards amid swine flu panic in Egypt.   

Stewart Harbut, his pregnant wife Sasha and their four young children claim they were "pinned down" at Sharm el Sheikh International Hospital while doctors forced them to give swabs.

A bomb explodes near Cairo church

A small bomb exploded near a revered church in the Egyptian capital but caused no casualties or damage, police officials said Monday.

The officials said late Sunday night's explosion was caused by primitive bomb planted under a parked car near Saint Mary Church in Cairo's Zeitoun district. The church is one of the holiest sites for Egypt's Coptic Christian minority because an apparition of the Virgin Mary is believed to have appeared there in 1968.

BBC appoints Muslim to top religious post in controversial first

Aaqil Ahmed has been appointed the Head of Religion and Ethics


The BBC yesterday appointed a Muslim as its head of religious programming in a radical departure from broadcasting tradition. Aaqil Ahmed has been appointed the Head of Religion and Ethics

The post - considered one of the most influential religious roles in the country - has gone to Aaqil Ahmed, who has been working as an executive at Channel 4.

Bomb explodes in Cairo


A small homemade bomb exploded near a church in the Egyptian capital on Monday but no one was hurt, security sources said.

The device damaged a car and a second one was found and detonated by police in the same area near a Coptic church in the northeast of Cairo, the sources added.

Queen's Trinity Cross medal scrapped... because it's 'too Christian'

medal personally established by the Queen is being withdrawn after it was deemed offensive to Muslims and Hindus.

The honour - known as The Trinity Cross of the Order of Trinity - has been ruled unlawful and too Christian.

It has been awarded to 62 distinguished residents of the former colony of Trinidad and Tobago over more than 40 years, including cricketers Brian Lara and Garfield Sobers, novelist V.S. Naipaul and many diplomats and politicians.

 Trinity CrossNew Trinity Medal

Caribbean storm: The old Trinity Cross (left) is replaced with the Order of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, which has removed any Christian symbols


Egypt’s Swine Destruction Threatens Coptic-Run Industry

Government vows to continue slaughter in spite of international criticism.

By Roger Elliott

CAIRO, Egypt, May 5 (Compass Direct News) – Authorities yesterday pressed ahead with the slaughter of Egypt’s pigs – crippling the livelihood of thousands of swine breeders, nearly all Coptic Christians – in spite of World Health Organization (WHO) criticism that the measure was unnecessary for fighting the A(H1-N1) flu strain.

Right to Convert Spotlighted Again in Egypt

The Media Line

Written by Joseph Mayton

Cairo, Egypt] Conversion is always a contentious issue in Egypt. Twenty-one-year-old Samar Mohamed’s conversion to Coptic Christianity in order to marry Tharwat Riad has left her on the run from police and her family.

The case has once again sparked tensions between the minority Coptic population and Muslims across the country.

The case has once again sparked tensions between the minority Coptic population and Muslims across the country.

Egypt pig farmers clash with police over cull


Egyptian riot police clashed on Sunday with stone-throwing pig farmers trying to prevent their animals from being taken away for slaughter as part of a nationwide cull.

Between 300 and 400 residents of the hilly Moqattam slum district of Cairo, where mostly Coptic Christian scrap merchants raise pigs, hurled stones and bottles at police.

Malaysia: Islamic groups none too pleased about ban on "automatic" conversions of children when one parent converts to Islam

Conversion ban slammed

By Elizabeth Looi, Malaysia Correspondent

The Muslim groups say the decision betrayed the religion and infringed on the powers of the Islamic court and the Malay sultans, who have final say on issues involving Islam

Is it Cull or targeting Christians for poverty? 

Egypt presses ahead with pig cull

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Deputy director for veterinary affairs for Cairo, Dr Souad Al-Khouli: 'We haven't had any positive samples'

Deputy director for veterinary affairs for Cairo, Dr Souad Al-Khouli: 'We haven't had any positive samples'

Egyptian authorities have begun in earnest the slaughter of 300,000 pigs, in what was originally described as a precaution against swine flu.

Islamic Scholars Wrestle With Death-For-Apostasy Issue

By Patrick Goodenough, International Editor

( – An international Islamic body has appointed a committee of six religious scholars to study one of the most contentious issues in Islam today – whether “apostates” should face the death penalty.

Egyptian Christians riot after swine flu cull

Times Online

Egyptian farmers block the street to prevent vehicles of the Egyptian Health Ministry workers who came to slaughter the Swine

(Nasser Nouri/AP)

Egyptian farmers block the streets to prevent health ministry vehicles getting past to carry out the mass-slaughter of swine

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