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US delivers 10 helicopters to Egypt in sign of improving relations

  • Apache helicopters arrived this week to support counter-terrorism
  • Delivery had been on hold since coup against elected president last year

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The Pentagon had announced in September that it would be sending Apache helicopters to Egypt. Photograph: HO/Reuters

Egypt received 10 Apache helicopters from the US in the past week, security sources said on Saturday, in a sign of easing tensions between the longtime allies confronting Islamist extremism across north Africa and the Middle East.

The US announced in April that it had decided to lift its hold on the delivery of the attack helicopters. The hold was imposed last year, after the military toppled elected president Mohamed Morsi and cracked down hard on his Muslim Brotherhood supporters.

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A protester wearing a traditional eastern Turkestan hat shouts during a demonstration in Istanbul, to protest against the deadly riot in China's northwestern region of Xinjiang on Jul. 6, 2009. Reuters/Osman Orsal

Urumqi, the capital of China’s restive Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous region, passed a rule Thursday banning the use of full-face veils in public areas. The move is seen as an effort to curb violent attacks in the region, which Beijing has attributed to Islamist extremism, according to The Associated Press (AP).

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Police in Sudan Arrest Church Leaders for Refusing to Surrender Worship Property

Authorities who bulldozed part of compound disperse worshippers.

Members of Khartoum Bahri Evangelical Church watch, pray and worship at disputed property. (Morning Star News) 

JUBA, South Sudan (Morning Star News) – Police and security personnel today dispersed a congregation keeping vigil over its disputed property in North Khartoum, Sudan, and arrested five church leaders, sources said.

Authorities arrived at noon at the compound of the Khartoum Bahri Evangelical Church, where last week they demolished a pastor’s house and church wall, and threatened to arrest members of the congregation camped out on the site of the destroyed house as the Christians prayed and worshipped, a church source told Morning Star News.

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Radical Islam should be rooted out at kindergarten level – Austrian far-right party leader

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The newly re-elected leader of the Austrian far-right Freedom Party (FPO) has vowed to fight radical Islam in kindergartens and stop Vienna from becoming an “immigrant magnet.”

Heinz-Christian Strache has said stated his intentions in several speeches, alluding to an alarming rise in radical indoctrination going on in Austrian schools. Protecting young children is important to “counteract dangerous currents,” he said, as cited by The Local.

Home Secretary Theresa May reveals how many UK terrorist plots have been foiled since July 7 bombings

Home Secretary Theresa May reveals how many UK terrorist plots have been foiled since July 7 bombings

Home Secretary Theresa May has revealed 40 terrorist plots have been foiled since the London July 7 attacks more than seven years ago as she underlined the scale of the threat faced by the UK.

As she unveiled broad-ranging new powers to tackle terrorism, Mrs May said 753 people had been arrested for terrorism-related offences since April 2010.

She also said 212 have been charged since the Coalition Government came to power with 148 successfully prosecuted and 138 people are behind bars for terrorist-related offences.

Thirteen people, including hook-handed radical cleric Abu Hamza, have been extradited, while other individuals deemed dangerous, such as Abu Qatada, have been deported.

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Proposed law to remove restrictions on church buildings to be presented in Egypt

Country/Region: Middle East and North Africa, Africa, Egypt

A proposed law that could remove crippling restrictions on the building of churches in Egypt will be presented to the country’s parliament early next year, according to a government minister.

The interior of a church building in Egypt

The interior of a church building in Egypt
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Egypt’s Minister of Transitional Justice, Ibrahim Henaidi, told reporters on 16 October that a committee comprising church representatives and government officials will be formed to discuss the bill before it is presented to parliament.

Under Egypt’s constitution, which was passed in January this year, parliament is required in its first session to “issue a law aimed at regulating the construction and restoration of churches in a way that ensures that Christians perform their religious rites freely”.

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British jihadists could face treason charge

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British jihadists who go to fight in Iraq or Syria could be tried for treason, the Foreign Secretary has suggested.

Philip Hammond said such people had "sworn personal allegiance" to Islamic State (IS) and could potentially have committed the offence.

The last prosecution for treason was in 1946, when the notorious Lord Haw Haw - real name William Joyce - was hanged for his Nazi propaganda broadcasts.

The offence remains on the statute books, even though the death penalty has been abolished.

Minister Kenney welcomes Coptic Pope Tawadros II to Canada

Pope Tawadros II begins month-long visit

أقباط هولندا يطالبون البابا تاوضروس بتأجيل رسامة اول أسقف لهولندا 

September 3, 2014—Toronto, ON—Jason Kenney, Minister for Multiculturalism, today greeted the leader of the ancient Coptic Orthodox Church upon his arrival in Toronto, on behalf of Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the Government of Canada.

Pope Tawadros II, who became the 118th leader of the Coptic Orthodox Church on November 19, 2012, arrived in Toronto this evening to officially begin his month-long Canadian visit. His first trip to Canada will include the consecration of the first Coptic cathedral in North America, Markham’s St. Mark's Coptic Orthodox Church, visits to other parishes across Canada, meetings with religious leaders, and the delivery of a lecture at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario.

Andrew Bennett, Canada’s Ambassador for Religious Freedom, joined Minister Kenney in Toronto to greet Pope Tawadros.

 

Egypt Tempts Back Foreign Cash After MSCI Nod: Chart of the Day

By Ahmed A. Namatalla

Foreign investors are returning to Egyptafter MSCI Inc. preserved the North African country’s emerging-market status and the former army chief won the presidency in a landslide.

The CHART OF THE DAY shows non-Arabs purchased 2.9 billion Egyptian pounds ($406 million) of stocks from June 11, the day after the index provider said it’s no longer considering cutting the country’s status to a frontier market, through Aug. 27. That’s almost eight times the amount they purchased in 2014 before the announcement, according to Egyptian Exchange data. The EGX 30 Index has rallied more than 35 percent this year in dollar terms, making it the world’s third-best performer.

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Pope’s personal envoy calls for international action to liberate Iraq

Cardinal Filoni visits a school sheltering displaced Christians and Yazidis (AP) 

Pope Francis’s personal envoy to the suffering people of Iraq joined the Chaldean Catholic patriarch in launching an appeal to the international community today, pleading for help to liberate villages controlled by the Islamic State terrorists and to provide the displaced with international protection.

Cardinal Fernando Filoni, who has been in Iraq since August 13 at the Pope’s request, and Chaldean Catholic Patriarch Louis Sako of Baghdad said international action was necessary to provide the displaced with basic necessities like food and water, but also to guarantee the possibility of their survival in Iraq.

'Isis Jihadist' Flag in East London Ripped Down by Nun

By Ewan Palmer | IB Times

  • A fighter of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isis) holds an Isis flag and a weapon on a street in the city of Mosul

    A fighter of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isis) holds an Isis flag and …

A black flag with Arabic writing, similar to the ones used by Jihadist fighters in Syria and Iraq, has been taken down from an east London housing estate by a local nun.

The flag, seen on top of the gates of the Will Crooks estate on Poplar High Street, Tower Hamlets, was put up alongside Palestine flags and slogans in support of Gaza.

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Meriam arrives safely in Italy

This morning we got the amazing news that Meriam Ibrahim and her family have arrived in Italy from Sudan, safe at last after her year-long ordeal!

Thank you so much for standing with Meriam. There’s no question that the huge wave of international support helped to keep her case in the spotlight, so the Sudanese government couldn’t get away with executing her for the alleged crime of apostasy.

Meriam’s lawyers informed us that all the charges against her have been dropped – including the charges of forgery and provision of false information that had been brought against her last month, after the apostasy and adultery charges were dismissed on appeal.

We’ve been informed that Meriam and her family will eventually travel to the US. Her husband Daniel is a US citizen.

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European court backs French ban on full-faced veil

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A women, wearing a niqab despite a nationwide ban on the Islamic face veil, gives a phone call outside the courts in Meaux, east of Paris, September 22, 2011.  REUTERS/Charles Platiau

 

A women, wearing a niqab despite a nationwide ban on the Islamic face veil, gives a phone call outside the courts in Meaux, east of Paris, September 22, 2011.

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STRASBOURG/PARIS (Reuters) - The European Court of Human Rights upheld France's 2010 ban on full-face veils in public on Tuesday but acknowledged the law could appear excessive and feed stereotypes.

Judges at the Strasbourg-based court, by 15 to 2, said the ban did not violate religious freedom and aimed to ensure "respect for the minimum set of values of an open democratic society" which included openness to social interaction.

Judges at the Strasbourg-based court, by 15 to 2, said the ban did not violate religious freedom and aimed to ensure "respect for the minimum set of values of an open democratic society" which included openness to social interaction.

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Muslims rally against radical Islam

Thousands of young British Muslim men have rallied against radical Islam amid concerns that British jihadists are fighting in Syria.

Three Britons apparently appear in a video calling on Muslims to join the fight in Iraq and Syria Three Britons apparently appear in a video calling on Muslims to join the fight in Iraq and Syria

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New rules 'could bar conservative Muslims from being school trustees'

New rules brought in by Michael Gove in wake of 'Trojan horse' controversy tell governors of new academies and free schools to abide by 'British values'

Michael Gove says Tories will aim to wipe out illiteracy within a generation

Mr Gove wants schools to promote 'British values' Photo: YUI MOK/PA

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Some Muslims could be effectively excluded from becoming trustees or governors of new academies and free schools under rules introduced by the Education Secretary Michael Gove in response to the "Trojan horse" controversy, community leaders have warned.

The Department for Education has inserted new clauses into the model funding agreement for academies stipulating that its governors should demonstrate "fundamental British values", and giving the Education Secretary powers to close schools if they do not comply.

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Mosul now emptied of Christians, says Archbishop

(Vatican Radio) Speaking to Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need, Chaldean Archbishop Amel Nona, said he thought Mosul's last remaining Christians had left now a city which until 2003 was home to 35,000 faithful.

The Christians are among 500,000 thought to have fled Mosul whose overthrow yesterday is now followed by news today (Wed, 11 June) of militant attacks on the Iraqi city of Tikrit 95 miles north of the capital, Baghdad.

Describing reports of attacks to four churches and a monastery in Mosul, the archbishop, 46, said: "We received threats... [and] now all the faithful have fled the city. I wonder if they will ever return there."

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Ofsted reports on 21 Birmingham schools - full list

Ofsted has carried out inspections of 21 schools, following claims in an anonymous letter that hardline Muslims were trying to impose their view on a group of schools in Birmingham.

Five of the schools - including three academies from the Park View Educational Trust - are being placed in special measures. A sixth school was already in special measures for its poor educational standards.

This table shows the results of the new Ofsted inspection reports and the previous grade where appropriate.

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Trojan Horse: Ofsted says schools were targeted

By Sean CoughlanBBC News education correspondent

Map of 21 schools"A culture of fear and intimidation has taken grip" in Birmingham schools caught up in the Trojan Horse claims, says Ofsted chief Sir Michael Wilshaw.

Head teachers have been "marginalised or forced out of their jobs", said Sir Michael, as he delivered his findings on claims of hardline Muslim takeovers.

The Ofsted chief said there was evidence of an "organised campaign to target certain schools".

Leaders of one of the schools, Park View, firmly rejected the claims.

Ofsted has carried out inspections of 21 schools, following claims in an anonymous letter that hardline Muslims were trying to impose their views on a group of schools in Birmingham.

 

27 dead as militants take over Pakistan’s busiest airport

27 dead as militants take over Pakistan’s busiest airport

The assault on Jinnah International Airport in Karachi, Pakistan’s sprawling commercial hub of 18 million people, all but destroys prospects for peace talks between the Pakistani Taliban and the government of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

It also deals a heavy blow to Sharif’s efforts to attract foreign investors to revive economic growth and raises questions about security at the country’s main installations.

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FBI: Somalis leaving Minnesota to fight in Syria

The FBI says more Somali travelers have left Minnesota, possibly to fight against the regime of President Bashar Assad in Syria. Investigators believe those who left Minnesota were motivated by radical ideology, not nationalism.

SOURCE: 12 MINNESOTA SOMALIS HAVE LEFT FOR SYRIA

The FBI has not specified how many people are believed to involved, but a leader in the Minnesota Somali community told Fox 9 News a dozen men have left. The FBI confirmed they have "indications" that some recently traveled overseas. Now, they are reaching out to the large Somali population in Minnesota to learn more.


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