UN agency slams Egypt order to cull all pigs


By Phil Stewart

ROME, April 29 (Reuters) - Egypt's order on Wednesday to cull all the country's pigs is "a real mistake" and another reason why the world needs to rethink using "swine flu" to describe a virus affecting humans, a U.N. agency official said.

Coptic Christian Priest Unjustly Tried And Imprisoned In Egypt

Father Mattaos Wahba 
Father Mattaos Wahba
(RSD) -- Not all the facts were taken into account in a case last year where a Coptic priest was tried and sentenced to an Egyptian prison for his involvement in the falsification of an ID card indicating a young woman was Christian, rather than Muslim.

Egypt Ex-Muslim And Husband In Hiding; Violence Kills Two

By Worthy News Middle East Service

Worthy News) -- An ex-Muslim who converted to Christianity and her Christian husband were in hiding Tuesday, April 28, amid threats from family members and police, the latest in a series of attacks against Coptic Christians this month, in which at least two people were killed, several sources said.

Christian Teacher Suspended after Complaining that a Staff Training Day was used to ‘Promote’ Homosexual Rights


A CHRISTIAN teacher has been suspended from a senior post for complaining that a staff training day was used to promote homosexual rights.


Convert in Egypt Arrested for Marrying Christian

Couple goes into hiding as police place Islamic law over Egyptian penal code.

By Michael Larson

ISTANBUL, April 23 (Compass Direct News) – Christian convert Raheal Henen Mussa and her Coptic husband are hiding from police and her Muslim family for violating an article of Islamic law (sharia) that doesn’t exist in the Egyptian penal code. 

Netherlands: US Islam-critic cancel trip due to death threats

Islam in Europe



Netherlands: US Islam-critic cancel trip due to death threats

Mark A. Gabriel, ex-Muslim and Islam-critic has gotten death threats and must cancel speaking appointments in the Netherlands.

Two Copts Gunned Down in Egypt after Easter Vigil

QENA, Egypt (AFP) – Muslim gunmen shot dead two Coptic Christians as they left church after an Easter vigil in southern Egypt, in an apparent five-year-old vendetta, a security official said on Sunday.


Egypt’s Coptic Church Issues First Conversion Certificate

Key move in former Muslim’s bid to legally convert comes as Islamist outcry peaks.

By Roger Elliot

ISTANBUL, April 14 (Compass Direct News) – In a bold move, Egypt’s Coptic Church has issued its first-ever certificate of conversion to a former Muslim, supporting his petition to have his national identification card denote his Christian faith

Egypt church issues first conversion certificate
Fr. Matthias Nasr Manqarious and Maher Al-Gawhari
CAIRO (AFP) — Egypt's Coptic Orthodox Church has for the first time issued a certificate of conversion to a Muslim-born Christian, his lawyer said, in a country where religious conversion is highly sensitive.

Maher al-Gohari, who is seeking to change his religion on his official documents from Muslim to Christian was asked by a court to provide a conversion certificate from the Egyptian church.

Fire damages Coptic church in Ramallah
Ma'an News Agency






Ramallah – Ma’an – A newly-built Coptic Christian church was severely damaged by fire in the West Bank city of Ramallah on Tuesday.

Firefighters and police rushed to put out the blaze but were unable to prevent damage to the interior of the building. A depiction of Jesus was one of the only items to survive the fire.

Armenians Blast Obama for Failure to State Genocide


An Armenian-American group that backed Barack Obama in the election is now urging its members to call the White House to protest the president’s failure to recognize the “Armenian genocide.”

As many as 1.5 million Armenians living within the Ottoman Empire perished beginning in 1915 as the Turks fought World War 1. Armenians and most historians regard the deaths as state-sponsored mass killings, or genocide, while Turkey insists the death were the result of a civil war coupled with disease and famine.

Asian men in burkhas rob jewellers


Two Asian men wearing traditional female Muslim dress and carrying handbags have robbed a jewellery shop in a possible copycat of an international spate of thefts. The pair wore black Muslim dress, including headwear which completely covered their faces, as well as sunglasses, when they carried out the attack.

Gowhari Court Hearing today adjourned to 2nd May 2009

United Copts GB

maher ahmed

In a phone call to Nabil Gobrial, Gowhari lawyer today, United Copts GB learned that today’s Administrative court hearing in Cairo, was adjourned to 2nd May 2009.

Now fire service introduces hijab headscarves for Muslim workers

Dialy Mail


fire service

Covered: The fire service's new uniform for Muslim women

Pop into the firestation and the chances are there'd be a group of reassuringly burly men in there waiting for the call out, with uniforms and firefighting suits tailored for their use alone.

UN body OKs call to curb religious criticism


GENEVA (AP) — The U.N.'s top human-rights body approved a proposal backed by Muslims nations Thursday urging the passage of laws around the world protecting religion from criticism.

The proposal by Pakistan had drawn strong criticism from free-speech campaigners and liberal democracies.

Yahoo! News

 Suicide attack kills 48 at Pakistani mosque

 PESHAWAR, Pakistan – A suicide bomber demolished a mosque packed with hundreds of worshippers attending Friday prayers near the Afghan border, killing at least 48 people and injuring scores more, in the bloodiest attack in Pakistan this year. The bomber struck at the climax of the service, as the mosque leader was starting the communal prayer, witnesses said.



Terror Suspect Faked Mental Illness, Prosecutors Say

By Benjamin Weiser

Aafia Siddiqui

Mark Lenihan/Associated Press Aafia Siddiqui,a neuroscientist, is accused of trying to kill American soldiers and F.B.I. agents in Afghanistan.

A federal prosecutor in Manhattan said Thursday that two government psychiatrists had concluded that a Pakistani neuroscientist charged with trying to kill American soldiers and F.B.I. agents in Afghanistan had been faking her symptoms of mental illness.

Wilhelm H. Ludwig letter to president Mubarak 

Muhammad Hosni Mubarak

President of the Arab Republic of Egypt

Abedine Palace

Kairo, Ägypten

c/o S.E. Herr Ramzy Ezz Eldin Ramzy

Kanzlei der Botschaft der Arabischen Republik Ägypten

Stauffenbergstraße 6 - 7, 10785 Berlin

Fax: 030 477 1049

E-Mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

URGENT - Fairness before the law for Metaos Wahba - URGENT

Your Excellency,

I am writing to you on behalf of Metaos Wahba, who is a Christian priest in Cairo, who is presently still imprisoned in Tora prison near Cairo.

Metaos Wahba is from the Santa-Maria church at Gizeh.  He was accused of forgery of documents.  He married a Christian man with a female Christian convert from Islam.

Judge says 'honour' crimes have no place in English law

A senior judge has condemned so-called "honour" crimes within a Muslim family as sordid acts with no place in English law.


Lord Justice Wall made his comments in the first care case to reach the Court of Appeal involving conduct within an ethnic minority community.

The 41 year old father of three Muslim children placed with white foster parents was challenging being refused contact with them.

Netherlands Supreme Court: Insulting Islam is not insulting Muslims 

NIS News Bulletin 


The Supreme Court yesterday produced an important ruling in principle in favour of freedom of speech. The highest court of the Netherlands acquitted a man of insulting Muslims although he dubbed Islam a tumour.

The Supreme Court quashed a ruling by an appeal court in Den Bosch. As had a district court earlier, the appeal court did find the man guilty. Yesterday's acquittal can have consequences for all future court cases on insulting followers of a faith or ideology, including the notorious case against MP Geert Wilders.

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