However, the couple explained that they have been unable to bring their eldest children into the country as UK family reunion rules do not allow parents to apply for asylum for children who are above the age of 18. The Alwadis have not seen their 19-year-old son and 20-year-old daughter for nine months, with their son living in a refugee camp in Calais and their daughter in Turkey.

Alwadi family

Amal Alwadi with her children before they were separated during the Syrian conflict. Her eldest son and daughter are now in Calais and Turkey, while Amal is in the UKBritish Red Cross

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

Christie Viljoen

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.

Munich stabbing: One dead after man 'shouting Allahu Akbar' launches attack at railway station

One person has died and three more were injured in the attack in Grafing on Tuesday morning

One person has been killed and several injured in a knife attack by a suspected Islamist at a railway station near Munich.

The suspect reportedly shouted “Allahu Akbar” (“God is great”) as he started stabbing passers-by in the town of Grafing, to the south-east of the German city.

The attack took place at around 4.50am (3.50am BST) on Tuesday and the suspected perpetrator was arrested shortly afterwards.

Forensic investigators at the scene of a stabbing attack on a train at Grafing railway station near Munich, Germany, 10 May 2016. (AFP/Getty Images)

The suspect, a 27-year-old German man, has been named locally as Paul H, from Giessen in the state of Hesse.

بقلم هانى مراد

انتخاب عمدة لندن

سألني أحدهم عن انطباعي بعد انتخاب اول عمدة مسلم لمدينة لندن؟

كانت إجابتي كالتالي:

من ناحية تأتي النتيجة لتؤكد قيم التسامح الحقيقية التي يتمتع بها المجتمع البريطاني و التي تجبر الجميع علي احترام و تقدير تلك الديمقراطية العريقة.

اما شعوري بانتخاب مهاجر مسلم من أصل باكستاني لعاصمة بريطانيا وضع أمامي دون ان اشعر مشهد مقابل له في وطني الغالي مصر حين اعتصم الآلاف رفضاً لتعيين محافظ مسيحي (بالمناسبة الأقباط المسيحيين هم أبناء مصر الأصليين و ليسوا مهاجرين)

و اضطرت الدولة الرضوخ لمطالب المتظاهرين الرافضة لتولي مسيحي هذا المنصب و استبداله باخر مسلم.


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Fr Gawargious Kolta (St John Church, Covina) explaining the many articles of evidence of the authenticity and Coptic connection of the shroud of Turin.


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الحضارة القبطية (٣٥) - القيامة والأكفان و الحضارة القبطية

ضيوف الحلقة: القمص جورجيوس قلتة (الاكتشافات الحديثة عن كفن تورينو) و د. جودت جبره (الآلام والقيامة في الفن القبطي)

Sample letter to MPs following Foreign Office considering Egypt as a country of concern 

As your Excellency knows that Egypt is fighting terrorism on its land and the Middle East region which needs all to cooperate to defeat the threat of danger of "sliding into failure state as in Syria, Libya, Iraq and Yemen."

Egypt has been fighting an insurgency by militants based in the Sinai as well as all over Egypt, who have pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group, and militants have carried out bombings and shootings against police officers and troops in Cairo and other cities, they assassinated the persecutor general and several senior police officers since 2013.