The notorious blasphemy law and the religious minorities in Pakistan

Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury

When the Supreme Court of Pakistan acquitted Asia Bibi from the death penalty, leaders and members of Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan (TLP) took to the streets calling for protests across the country. A TLP patron, Pir Abdul Qadri called for the killing of the Supreme Court judges who had ruled on the case of Asia Bibi. Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan rebuked the protestors for exploiting religious sentiments for political gain, and promised that the country would protect the lives of people at all costs. However, the next day, the government announced that it was in talks with the religious groups who protested the court verdict, and Asia Bibi was put on the exit control list, barring her from leaving Pakistan. Imran Khan went further and released all the arrested protestors of TLP and apologized.

JIHAD WATCH

Exposing the role that Islamic jihad theology and ideology play in the modern global conflicts

Egypt: Human rights group accuses Qatar and Turkey of funding Muslim Brotherhood

BY 

A human rights group in Egypt issued a report “stating that the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood group is behind establishing 13 armed movements that carried out terrorist attacks in Egypt between 2013 and 2019.”

The report “of the Forum for Development and Human Rights Dialogue, openly accused Qatar and Turkey of funding the Muslim Brotherhood group designated by the Egyptian state as terrorist.”

Tariq Ramadan on rape charges: “Yes I made a mistake…It was a political set up….to neutralize the Muslims”

Ever the victim, no matter what. Tariq Ramadan has been accused by several women now of violent rapes. He acknowledges some nebulous wrongdoing here, but then claims that it was all an attempt to discredit him, and thereby to “neutralize the Muslims.” It’s the same old victimhood paranoia we see from Islamic supremacists whenever they’re accused of any wrongdoing at all.

St Paul's bomb plot: IS supporter Safiyya Shaikh pleads guilty

Safiyya Shaikh

Safiyya Shaikh told undercover police she wanted to bomb St Paul's Cathedral and a hotel

A supporter of the banned Islamic State terror group has admitted plotting to blow herself up in a bomb attack on St Paul's Cathedral.

Muslim convert Safiyya Shaikh went on a reconnaissance trip to scope out the London landmark and a hotel.

Muslim Brotherhood should be proscribed as a terrorist organisation, UK Parliament hears 

British MPs say group is intolerant of other beliefs and drives 'fanaticism'

Muslim Brotherhood ideologue Yusuf Al Qaradawi currently resides in Doha. Reuters

Muslim Brotherhood ideologue Yusuf Al Qaradawi currently resides in Doha. Reuters

A British MP called for the Muslim Brotherhood to be proscribed as a terrorist group as politicians criticised its intolerance towards other faiths, during a parliamentary debate on the persecution of Christians.

 

After imprisonment and de-radicalisation, a terrorist is NOT de-radicalised.

UK need to look for the root of radicalisation. 

police shoot man dead after 'terror related' stabbing.

London (CNN)London police named have named a man they say was responsible for stabbing two people in south London on Sunday in what was described as a terror-related incident.

The Metropolitan police said the attacker was 20-year-old Sudesh Amman who had recently been released from prison for Islamist-related offences. He was being followed by surveillance officers who shot him dead at the scene, police said.
 
"Although the suspect has not been formally identified, given the circumstances of the incident, we are confident that he was Sudesh Amman," Metropolitan Police Deputy Assistant Commissioner Lucy D'Orsi announced.

For Immediate Release

17 January 2020

EGYPT: DETENTION OF COPTIC ACTIVIST EXTENDED BY 15 DAYS

The detention of Egyptian Coptic activist Rami Kamil, who is facing terrorism charges, has been extended by  15 days after he was interrogated in prison by prosecutors. He has reportedly been told to stop writing about violations of freedom of religion or belief (FoRB) if he wants to be released.

Mr Kamil, 33, is a prominent human rights activist who took part in the 2011 uprising, in which the government of Hosni Mubarak was overthrown, and the events that followed it. He is a founding member and coordinator of the Maspero Youth Union, a Coptic human rights group that emerged following the Maspero massacre of October 2011, in which over 20 Coptic protesters were killed when the military attacked a peaceful civil rights protest.

 
 
Parents’ outrage as school tells children not to sing ‘Lord’ in Christmas carol classic
Sun 15 Dec 2019
By Ruth Sax
Rex

Parents of children at a primary school in Essex are appalled after the head teacher ruled that children should sing ‘baby boy Jesus’ rather than ‘little Lord Jesus’ in the Christmas carol, Away in a Manger - so that pupils of all beliefs can join in.

UCGB SAYS; UK rehabilitation of terrorists is a joke, the root is in the preachers of hate in the Middle East

Usman Khan: All we know about London Bridge killer who was jailed for terror plot

Usman Khan, 28, was previously jailed for plotting terror attacks on targets including Parliament, the London Stock Exchange and the US embassy. He was out on license when he carried out Friday's attack at London Bridge.

By

Padraig Collins
Tanveer MannDeputy News Editor
Dave Burke
 
 

The terrorist who murdered two innocent people before being shot dead by police while wearing a fake suicide vest had already been jailed for plotting terror attacks.

Usman Khan, 28, was one of nine fundamentalists who schemed to target sites including the Houses of Parliament, the London Stock Exchange and the US embassy.

 

He was recorded saying that the only possible outcomes for him were martyrdom, prison or victory.

The terrorists were also recorded discussing leaving bombs in pubs and clubs in and around Stoke-on-Trent, where Khan lived at the time.

He was named by police as the suspect who was shot dead following yesterday's deadly attack, and searches of his Staffordshire home are being carried out.

A man and a woman died, while three others - a man and two women - were injured in the attack.

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It has since emerged that Khan, who was born and raised in the UK, and eight others were jailed for a variety of terror offences in February 2012 - and he was freed in December last year.

Khan was given an indeterminate sentence for "public protection" - meaning he could remain in jail beyond the end of his eight year sentence.

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“We will get rid of Christian people like you”:

Hani Morris Coptic Christian jailed on false charges in Kuwait, sues Kuwaiti government

After Canada accepted his Asylum for Protection as a refugee from Kuwait, Hani Morris, an Egyptian Coptic Christian, filed a lawsuit against Kuwait, and more specifically against two major institutions there, Al Mulla Motors and United Ahli bank in Kuwait. The case was accepted by the Canadian Court.

 

Islamic scholar ‘says Allah allows Muslim men to RAPE non-Muslim women to humiliate them'

AN ISLAMIC professor has allegedly claimed Muslim men are allowed by Allah to rape non-Muslim women in order to “humiliate” them.

By JAKE BURMAN

Saud Saleh

Saud Saleh allegedly made the comments on television

Professor Saud Saleh – from Al-Azhar University in Cairo, Egypt – reportedly said rape is allowed between times of “legitimate war” between Muslims and their enemies.

The controversial professor allegedly said slavery existed before Islam and anyone could trade “freeborn men and women” but that Islam put slavery “into order” by regulating when it was allowed.

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 Sri Lanka expels 200 Islamic clerics after Easter attacks

Sri Lanka expels 200 Islamic clerics after Easter attacks

Sri Lanka's home affairs minister said some 200 clerics were expelled from the island amid a security crackdown in the aftermath of the Easter Sunday attacks.

Sri Lanka has expelled over 600 foreign nationals, including around 200 Islamic clerics, since the Easter suicide bombings blamed on a local jihadi group, a minister told AFP on Sunday.

Home Affairs Minister Vajira Abeywardena said the clerics had entered the country legally, but amid a security crackdown after the attacks, were found to have overstayed their visas.  Fines were imposed and they were expelled from the island as a result, the minister said.

هنصلى حتى وسط الرماد

"أسقف و أقباط مطاى يزيلون أثار الحريق بخيمة الصلاة ويصلون الجمعة العظيمة وسط الرماد ..

لم يمنعهم حريق خيمة الصلاة بالكامل من الصلاة بعد رفع الادلة الجنائية وفى وقت قصير تم ازالة اثار الحريق حوالى 1000 كرسى ومحتويات الهيكل ووضع كراسى وبدء صلاة الجمعة العظيمة رغم الرماد ورائحة الحريق تفوح فى كل مكان وحرارة الشمس الحارقة ولكن بخور الصلاة ارتفعت فى كل مكان يقف امامهم الاسقف والكهنة والشمامسة وخلفهم الشعب يصلون ذكرى صلب المسيح .....

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Sri Lanka authorities warned of Easter church bombings weeks before Sunday's massacre, officials say

After a day of deadly Easter Sunday attacks, counterterrorism expert Bobby Chacon says the massacre shows the radical ideology is spreading.

Weeks before coordinated bombings ripped through churches and luxury hotels -- killing nearly 300 people on Easter Sunday -- authorities in Sri Lanka received warnings a domestic radical Muslim group would attack the nation on the Christian holy day.

Despite multiple warnings from international intelligence agencies, however, Sri Lanka’s security officials reportedly failed to heed the alerts and apparently took no action to protect against a potential attack. Authorities were first alerted to the threat April 4.

Egyptian Christians Left With Nowhere To Pray But The Street

March 1, 20197:16 AM ET

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

On a recent visit to Egypt, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo toured a towering new cathedral. He praised the authoritarian government of President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi for supporting Egypt's Christian minority. But that is not the whole story in this majority Muslim nation. In some parts of Egypt, the government will not grant permits for churches. And tens of thousands of worshippers are left to pray in the street. NPR's Jane Arraf reports.

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JANE ARRAF, BYLINE: It's Sunday morning, and the Mar Gerges church in the town of Tayeba is almost full. It's a Coptic Orthodox service - three hours long. Children dart in and out. There are stained glass windows casting rainbow-colored light on the worshippers. Men are on one side, the women on the other. Most of the men wear galabayas - the long robes of the countryside. Their hands, raised in prayer, are weathered from working in the fields. A lot of the families in the battered, wooden pews have come from surrounding towns and villages, where their churches are closed.

JIHAD WATCH

UK: Unrepentant Islamic State bride stripped of citizenship, enraged family headed to court

BY 29 COMMENTS

“ISIS bride Shamima Begum has been stripped of her British citizenship after showing no remorse for joining the terror group.”

Her lawyer Tasnime Akunjee stated that her family is considering “all legal avenues to challenge the decision.” At whose expense? And now the family has launched its battle, vowing to “take Home Secretary Sajid Javid to court.”

Javid has “warned he will not hesitate to prevent the return of Britons who travelled to join ISIS.” Kudos to Javid. This should be a policy followed by every Western nation, out of concern for the safety of its citizens. Policymakers should keep in mind the people whom the Islamic State beheaded, raped and tortured.

Islamic State down to less than 1% of original caliphate: U.S.-led coalition

AFP

An armored vehicle drives in the front line village of Baghouz in the countryside of the eastern Syrian Deir Ezzor province, on the border with Iraq

BEIRUT - Recent gains by Kurdish-led forces in Syria have shrunk the Islamic State group’s “caliphate” to less than one percent of its original size, the U.S.-led coalition said on Thursday.

Maj. Gen. Christopher Ghika, the coalition’s deputy commander, described the size of the last patch of land held by the jihadists as “now less than one percent of the original caliphate.

Shamima Begum: Ex-Bethnal Green schoolgirl who joined IS 'wants to come home'

Shamima Begum

One of three schoolgirls who left east London in 2015 to join the Islamic State group says she has no regrets, but wants to return to the UK.

In an interview with the Times, Shamima Begum, now 19, talked about seeing "beheaded heads" in bins - but said that it "did not faze her".

Speaking from a refugee camp in Syria, she said she was nine months pregnant and wanted to come home for her baby.

She said she'd had two other children who had both died.

 

Saudi women's rights activist is being tortured in 'palace of terror,' brother says

By Tamara Qiblawi, CNN

Jailed Saudi activist Loujain Alhathloul

Jailed Saudi activist Loujain Alhathloul

(CNN)The brother of jailed Saudi activist Loujain Alhathloul has detailed in a CNN opinion piece the abuse his sister has allegedly endured in prison.

In the article, Walid Alhathloul writes that during a recent visit by his parents to see Loujain she told them she was regularly whipped, beaten, electrocuted and sexually harassed in a basement she called the "palace of terror."
 
Alhathloul was arrested in May 2018, along with 10 other women's rights activists in Saudi Arabia. Her family, Saudi activists and Human Rights Watch have alleged in recent months that she and other female detainees have been tortured and sexually harassed in prison.

MINYA MANSHIYET ZAAFARANA COPTS ATTACKED, CHURCH CLOSED

 13-01-2019 05:48 PM

Nader Shukry


In the wake of an attack by the Muslim villagers of Manshiyet Zaafarana in Minya, some 250km south of Cairo, against the village Copts, the police closed down the only church in the village which is home to some 1,000 Copts.

The Bishopric of Minya and Abu-Qurqas headed by Bishop-General Anba Macarius, issued a statement on the matter. Under the title: Explanation regarding the problem at the church of Mar-Girgis (St George) at Minshiyet Zaafarana, the statement said the attack took place on Friday 11 January 2019, at 1:30pm [indicating that the attack took place following Muslim Friday noon prayers when worshippers sentiments are inflamed against Copts, and are rallied to attacks them for what is perceived as non-Islamic actions].

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EGYPT: Mobs Force Church Closures

Source: World Watch Monitor


Cairo, Egypt - Photo: Flickr / Andrew A. Shenouda

 

For the Christian minority in Egypt, regulations and bureaucracy have caused issues for years. Across Egypt, over 3,500 churches are presently in the process of being licensed; some have waited for over 20 years. In January, the government announced that Christians will be allowed to continue meeting in unlicensed churches pending the process. But in the Luxor governorate region alone, a Coptic diocese faced the forced closure of its eighth church due to pressure from mobs. All these churches were in the process of being officially approved by the government.

 

Rahaf al-Qunun: Saudi teen granted asylum in Canada

 

Media captionThe #SaveRahaf campaign went viral after Rahaf started tweeting about her plight for asylum

A Saudi woman who fled her family and became stranded at Bangkok's main airport is flying to Canada after being granted asylum status.

Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun, 18, had been trying to reach Australia via Bangkok, but was initially told to return to Kuwait, where her family were waiting.

Suicide bomber who killed 22 in Manchester Arena was rescued by British navy in Libya

British bomber Salman Abedi had been visiting Libya during a year off before university.

Salman Abedi caught on CCTV travelling to the Manchester Arena.
Salman Abedi caught on CCTV travelling to the Manchester Arena.
Image: GMP

THE SUICIDE BOMBER who killed 22 people at a pop concert in Manchester was rescued by the British navy from conflict-ridden Libya three years earlier, it was reported today.

Salman Abedi, a British man of Libyan heritage, was among 110 Britons and their families evacuated by the ship HMS Enterprise and taken to Malta in August 2014, the Daily Mail newspaper said.

'I'M LOSING HOPE' 

Saudi Arabian girl, 18, barricaded in Bangkok hotel claiming she can’t go home because parents will KILL her for renouncing Islam

Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun fled her family on Friday hoping to seek asylum abroad

By Neal Baker and Aletha Adu

7th January 2019

A SAUDI Arabian teen has barricaded in her Bangkok hotel and claims she can't go back to the desert kingdom because her parents will kill her for renouncing Islam.

Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun, 18, ran away from her family while they were on a trip to Kuwait three days ago.

She tried to flee to Australia via Bangkok in hope of seeking asylum - but she was chased by Saudi officials who seized her passport.

Rahaf said she was detained after leaving her plane in Bangkok and told she would be sent back to Kuwait.

Egypt: Mob attack encouraged by police promise ‘No church will be allowed here’

A mob attacked a church in Minya, Egypt, on 13 July protesting against its legalisation and received a police officer’s approval, World Watch Monitor has learnt from local sources.

Several other villages in Minya have been attacked by mobs over the last few months, protesting against Coptic churches. (World Watch Monitor)Several other villages in Minya have been attacked by mobs over the last few months, protesting against Coptic churches. (World Watch Monitor)

The only church in Ezbet Sultan Pasha village, where about 20 percent of the population is Christian, was built in September 2016. Apart from masses and prayer meetings, St. Karas the Anchorite Coptic Orthodox Church also held Sunday school classes and housed a nursery.

Egypt policeman killed defusing bomb near Coptic church

Egyptian police outside a Coptic church near Cairo

Image copyrightAFP/GETTYImage captionSecurity forces guarded streets approaching the church

A policeman has been killed trying to defuse a bomb outside a Coptic Christian church in Egypt, security officials say.

Mustafa Abid was reportedly a specialist in mine clearance.

Christians attacked for allegedly comparing Jesus to Prophet Muhammad

Fri 13 Jul 2018
By Eno Adeogun

A Coptic Christian community in an Egyptian village has been attacked over an alleged Facebook post that compared the Prophet Muhammed to Jesus Christ.

Muslim villagers reportedly accused 35-year-old Abdo Adel of publishing a post on his Facebook page that was an insult to Islam.

A local source that wanted to remain anonymous told World Watch Monitor that Christians in Menbal - 225km south of Cairo - were afraid to leave their homes despite security forces patrolling the streets since the unrest began on Monday.

Knifeman ‘shouts Allah’ as he stabs three people including police officer in Manchester

Kate Buck

 

Monday 31 Dec 2018 10:35 pm 

A knifeman allegedly shouted ‘Allah’ as he stabbed three people with a ‘long kitchen knife’ at Manchester Victoria Station, witnesses have claimed

British Transport Police said that one of their officers had been stabbed in the shoulder and a man and woman had been taken to hospital with knife injuries.

Egypt: Copts attacked after Facebook post ‘showing contempt of Islam’

July 11, 2018 By World Watch Monitor 

An attack on the Saint Tadros Church in Menbal village on Monday night was prevented by security guards. (Photo: World Watch Monitor)

An attack by a Muslim mob on Copts in a village in the Egyptian governorate of Minya on Monday (9 July) has left the Coptic community holed up in their houses, while security forces patrol the streets.

A local source told World Watch Monitor the situation is still very tense in the village of Menbal, 225km south of Cairo, which was also home to Gaber Mounir Adly, one of the 21 menbeheaded by Islamic State in Libya in 2015.

Hundreds of Egyptian Christians protest at police killing

MINYA: Hundreds of Coptic Christians on Thursday attended the burial of a father and his son who were killed by a police officer in Egypt's Minya province, amid cries for the state to provide more protection.

The Copts, who make up around 10 percent of the population, have long complained of discrimination. They have also frequently been attacked by Islamist militants who see them as infidels, prompting authorities to place armed guards outside churches and monasteries.

Austria to close seven mosques and deport imams in crackdown on ‘political Islam’

Coalition government says move is ‘just the beginning’ as Turkey brands policy Islamophobic

The Independent Online
 
 
Austria plans to shut seven mosques and expel dozens of imams in what politicians have described as a crackdown on “political Islam”. 
The country’s coalition government, formed of conservative and far-right figures, said the measures were “just the beginning” of a push against radical Islam and foreign funding of religious groups.

Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said authorities would shut what was described as a “hardline, Turkish nationalist mosque” in Viennaand also dissolve a group called the Arab Religious Community.

More than 350 mosques urge Tories to launch Islamophobia inquiry

 مقتل قبطيين على يد شرطي أمام كنيسة “نهضة القداسة”

مطرانية المنيا تكشف حقيقة مقتل قبطيين على يد شرطي أمام كنيسة “نهضة القداسة”

 2018-12-12 (08:10 PM)

نادر شكرى


مطرانية المنيا تكشف حقيقة مقتل قبطيين على يد شرطي أمام كنيسة

كشفت مطرانية المنيا وأبوقرقاص، التابعة لنيافة الأنبا مكاريوس أسقفها، حقيقة مقتل قبطيين على يد شرطي، مساء اليوم، أمام كنيسة نهضة القداسة الإنجيلية.

وذكرت في توضيحها :بينما كان كلٌّ من عماد كمال صادق (الشهير بعماد المقدس – ٤٩ سنة)، ومعه ابنه ديفيد عماد (٢١ سنة)، يقومان برفع أنقاض منزل مقابل لكنيسة نهضة القداسة بشارع الصرافة، في إطار عملهم في المقاولات بمدينة المنيا.

وعلى خلفية خلاف بينهما وبين حارس الكنيسة منذ الأمس ويدعى ربيع مصطفى خليفة، قام الأخير بإطلاق النار عليهما حوالي الساعة السادسة من مساء اليوم ١٢ ديسمبر ٢٠١٨م، فقتل الاثنين، وتم نقلهما إلى المستشفى العام بالمنيا، وتم القبض على الشرطي المتهم، وتقوم الأجهزة الأمنية الآن باستجوابه.

Terrorist kills 3 in Belgium with guns of stabbed police officers

A Knife-wielding man stabs two police officers in the Belgian city of Liege, steals their weapons and shoots them and a bystander dead in an attack prosecutors say is terror-related.

Reuters|Published:  05.29.18 , 14:33

A man killed two policewomen and a bystander in the Belgian city of Liege on Tuesday before being shot dead in a gunbattle at a school in what prosecutors are treating as a terrorist attack.

The man was named by public broadcaster RTBF as a 36-year-old petty criminal who had been let out on day-release from a local prison on Monday. It said investigators were looking into whether he had converted to Islam and been radicalized in jail.

Gunshots fired in Belgium

A public prosecutor told a news conference that the man attacked the policewomen from behind with a knife, described as a box-cutter by RTBF, around 10:30 am (4.30 am ET) on a boulevard in the center of Belgium’s third city, near the German border.After stabbing the officers, prosecutor Philippe Dulieu said, the man seized one of their handguns and shot both women dead before walking down the street and shooting dead a 22-year-old man who was sitting in the passenger seat of a parked car.The man then made his way into a high school where he took a woman employee hostage, triggering a major intervention by armed police. Pupils were moved to safety as a gunbattle broke out that sent people in the street racing for cover. Several police were wounded before the attacker was finally killed.“The event is classed as a terrorist incident,” Dulieu said.

 (Photo: AP)

(Photo: AP)

Parents were 'dismissed as racist' by school officials when they complained about 6ft 1ins Iranian migrant posing as a 15-year-old who appeared in their children's classroom
  • A pupil at Stoke High School in Ipswich was accused of pretending to schoolboy
  • Migrant from Iran known as 'Siavash' was said to have posed as 15-year-old pupil
  • Parents shared pictures of similar looking man with same name on social media
  • Pictures emerged from a Facebook account of moustached man drinking beer

By GUY ADAMS FOR THE DAILY MAIL

A couple of weeks after the start of this term, pupils at Stoke High School in Ipswich were told that a new boy was joining their GCSE class. 

His name was Siavash, and he had quite a life story: Born in Iran, the teenager had been forced to flee the Middle Eastern theocracy in mysterious circumstances, and had since managed to cross Europe, with only a younger brother for company.

Having arrived in the UK – it’s not clear how – the duo promptly claimed asylum, declaring themselves to be 15 and 12 years old respectively. 

Around the same time, they appear to have come to the attention of a refugee charity, which helped to house them in Suffolk, where there is a small but well-established Iranian immigrant community.

Like any unaccompanied child refugees, the boys were informed that, should they remain in full-time education, they’d be looked after by the local authority until reaching the age of 25. 

A pupil at Stoke High School in Ipswich posted a Snapchat image of a fellow student in his maths class with the caption, ‘how's there a 30-year-old man in our maths class?’
A pupil at Stoke High School in Ipswich posted a Snapchat image of a fellow student in his maths class with the caption, ‘how's there a 30-year-old man in our maths class?’

Family of suicide bombers attacks 3 churches in Indonesia, killing 7, police say

By Masrur Jamaluddin, Eliott C. McLaughlin and Susannah Cullinane, CNN

Updated 1902 GMT (0302 HKT) May 13, 2018

Police converge on Santa Maria Catholic Church in Surabaya.

Jakarta (CNN)Police believe a husband, wife and their four children carried out the suicide attacks on three churches in Surabaya that left seven people dead, Indonesia's top cop said Sunday.

The attackers included two daughters aged 9 and 12 years old, said Head Gen. Tito Karnavian, the country's highest-ranking police official.

Coptic Christian attack: Funerals in Egypt for seven murdered pilgrims

Mourners carry a coffin during the funeral of Coptic Christians who were killed in an attack, in Minya, Egypt November 3, 2018
Image copyrightREUTERSImage captionHundreds of people gathered in Minya for the funerals of six Coptic Christians killed by millitants

Coptic Christians have gathered in Egypt to take part in the funerals of a group of pilgrims killed by gunmen as they headed to a monastery on Friday.

Mourners expressed grief and anger as they left Prince Tadros church in the city of Minya, where the bodies of six victims lay in white coffins.

A seventh had been buried on Friday.

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Home Office official was the ringleader of £6million conspiracy which allowed 437 illegal immigrants into Britain

  • Shamsu Iqbal, 61, was the lynchpin of a scam that falsified at least 437 records
  • Iqbal and three other men netted £6million after he 'exploited' a trusted position
  • Taxpayer could have lost £56million from illegal immigrants claiming benefits 

By CHRISTIAN GYSIN FOR THE DAILY MAIL

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Shamsu Iqbal, 61, was the lynchpin of a gang which exploited his ‘trusted’ position to falsify records for at least 437 people

Shamsu Iqbal, 61, was the lynchpin of a gang which exploited his ‘trusted’ position to falsify records for at least 437 people

A Home Office official was at the centre of a £6million conspiracy which allowed hundreds of illegal immigrants into the country.

Shamsu Iqbal, 61, was the lynchpin of a gang which exploited his ‘trusted’ position to falsify records for at least 437 people.

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Victim of the violence-mob

Human rights defenders draw a negative balance to the situation of Copts in Egypt. 

By Michael Leh

October 24, 2018 
1:10 pm

Christmas Mass in New Cathedral near Cairo

 

When Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi visited the Christmas Mass in Cairo's Nativity Cathedral in Cairo, he made himself affable to the faithful. Whether the situation of the Copts has really improved, wants the Human Rights Committee of the Bundestag at ... Photo: dpa 

When Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi visited the Christmas Mass in Cairo's Nativity Cathedral in Cairo ... Photo: dpa

The Human Rights Committee of the Bundestag travels to Egypt in November. Before that, the Bundestag Committee on Economic Cooperation and Development in Cairo will look at the situation on the Nile. It will also be about the distress and hardships that the Christian Copts in Egypt are exposed to. Against this background, the International Society for Human Rights (IGFM) together with the "Evangelical Alliance" now informed in Berlin about the situation of the Copts. She also invited experts: the chairwoman of the Human Rights Committee of the Bundestag, the FDP member Gyde Jensen, as well as the president of the "European Union of Coptic human rights organizations" from Switzerland, Medhat Klada. 

French supermarket siege: gendarme dies after taking place of hostage

Number of victims rises to four with death in hospital of Lt Col Arnaud Beltrame following attacks in Carcassonne, southern France

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Police outside the supermarket in Trèbes, southern France. An armed man initially took eight people hostage.

Police outside the supermarket in Trèbes, southern France. An armed man initially took eight people hostage. Photograph: AP

An undated picture of Radouane Lakdim.

An undated picture of Radouane Lakdim. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

A gendarme who exchanged himself for a hostage during the French supermarket siege has died, bringing the number of victims to four. Police shot dead the attacker after a series of attacks claimed by Islamic State in Carcassonne, southern France, that culminated in the three-hour hostage-taking.


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