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.


European court backs French ban on full-faced veil


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

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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."


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.


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.


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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Egyptian Christian beaten, nearly blinded in prison for ‘contempt of religion’

Egypt-Christians-APAn Egyptian human rights organization is calling for a complete investigation of the case of Cyril Shawqi Ghattas, a 29-year-old Coptic Christian man who was imprisoned on the accusation of blasphemy, or “contempt of religion” (against Islam).

Among other irregularities, human rights activists say that the Copt was both denied a lawyer, which is illegal, and that he was physically abused regularly during his incarceration.

He was also “blinded as a result of intense crying and suffered from night blindness.”

Cyril was arrested after he pressed “like” on a Coptic website posting on his Facebook page.


Ex-Fifa Official Accused Over $5m Qatar Bribe

There are claims secret payments were made to help the desert state win the bid for the 2022 World Cup.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad al Thani, chairman of the Qatar 2022 bid committee submits the official bid book for the 2022 Soccer World Cup to FIFA President Blatter in Zurich 

Former foreign secretary Sir Malcolm Rifkind has told Sky's Murnaghan programme that if the corruption allegations surrounding Qatar's World Cup bid are true it throws the country's hosting of the tournament into doubt.

A former senior Fifa official allegedly paid $5m (£2.98m) in bribes to secure support for Qatar's successful 2022 World Cup bid.


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Malaysia jet disappearance no accident, investigator says

Malaysia PlaneKUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — The pilot of the missing Malaysia Airlines jet is believed to be solely responsible for the flight being taken hundreds of miles off course and there is no evidence of a mechanical failure or hijacking by a passenger, according to an law enforcement official involved in the investigation.

A high-ranking officer attached to a special investigative branch of the Malaysia police force in Kuala Lumpur told USA TODAY on Wednesday that investigators are pressing relatives of the pilot, Capt. Zaharie Ahmad Shah, for information on his behavior leading up to the March 8 flight.

The official could not speak on the record because he is not authorized to talk publicly on the investigation.

The Boeing 777 was bound for Beijing when it vanished from civilian radar. Malaysia says satellite data indicate the plane veered west about an hour after takeoff and then flew south deep into the southern Indian Ocean.


Bin Laden Son-in-Law Convicted at NYC Terror Trial

Sulaiman Abu Ghaith(NEW YORK) — Osama bin Laden’s son-in-law, the voice of fiery al-Qaida propaganda videotapes after the Sept. 11 attacks, was convicted Wednesday of conspiring to kill Americans for his role as the terror group’s spokesman.

The verdict came after about five hours of deliberation in the case against Sulaiman Abu Ghaith, the highest-ranking al-Qaida figure to face trial on U.S. soil since the attacks. The Kuwaiti imam had testified during a three-week New York trial that he answered bin Laden’s request in the hours after the attacks to speak on the widely circulated videos used to recruit new followers willing to go on suicide missions like the 19 who hijacked four planes on Sept. 11, 2001.


Tony Blair Backs Egypt's Military Government Despite Human Rights Crackdown 

Tony Blair has thrown his weight behind Egypt's government, despite it being blamed for a bloody crackdown on dissidents.

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Journalists have been imprisoned by the military administration of Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, which ousted elected president Mohammed Morsi in July.

Although the Morsi government was heavy criticised and branded authoritarian, its replacement has been blamed for a violent crackdown on

Morsi supporters and curbs on free speech, The Guardian reports. 

During a visit to Egypt, Blair said the army's intervention had been "at the will of the people" and urged people to support the government.

Egypt was "an ancient civilization, a great people, great energy and determination,"


Egyptians cerebrate the revolution and support the Egyptian Police in front of Egyptian Embassy 25/1/14

Egyptians cerebrated the 25 January which coincide with the 25th Jan revolutions and the Police Day in Egypt.

Tens of Egyptians cerebrated in front ov the Egyptian embassy.

On the 23 January the Embassy had Dinners of members of the Egyptians community inside the Egyptian ambassador to UK Mr. Ashraf El-Kholi.

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