President Salva Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar in the world's youngest nation of South Sudan have been asked by international peace brokers to talk and reach a resolution by Wednesday to halt the violence that started a fortnight ago killing thousands, including civilians and children.
Peace brokers from East Africa and the Horn of Africa have told both sides to hold face-to-face talks and end the violence by Dec. 31, Agence France-Press reported.
The latest spate of violence started on Dec. 16 after Kiir accused Machar of attempting to stage a coup. more >>
Copts in the village of Tarshoub, Beni Suef, Upper Egypt, are experiencing intimidation after extremists attacked them on Monday. Aggressors threw stones at Coptic homes, burned a tuk-tuk truck owned by a Copt named Magdy Fathi Rizk and a store owned by Badr Maher.
They also destroyed the fronts of some houses and called for the closure of the church, which dates back more than 40 years in the village.
Father Malak Shehata from the Fashn Diocese told Mideast Christian News that the village of Tarshoub has been served by Father Andrawis, who moved to serve in another location. When the Fashn Diocese delegated a new priest to serve in the village and Copts tried to prepare a residence for him in the church, some Muslims gathered and refused to let the priest enter the church. This was led by Muslim Brotherhood supporters in the village. more >>
The Muslim Brotherhood was officially declared a terrorist organization by the Egyptian government on Wednesday, over a year after winning the country's first democratic presidential elections with former leader Mohamed Morsi.
"All of Egypt ... was terrified by the ugly crime that the Muslim Brotherhood group committed by blowing up the building of the Dakahlyia security directorate," the Egyptian government said in an official statement.
The decision came after the latest crackdown on the Islamic party, which is being accused of carrying out a suicide bomb attack that killed 16 people at a police station on Wednesday, Reuters reported. more >>
Hundreds of people are dead due to fighting between government and rebel forces in South Sudan, which has plagued the eastern part of the young country since Dec. 15.
As violence escalates between sides representing President Salva Kiir and recently deposed vice-president Riek Machar, who make up members of the Dinka and Nuer ethnic groups respectively, there is increasing evidence of ethnically targeted killing, violence which has stoked fears that the aggression could descend into a genocide similar to the one that took the lives of 800,000 in Rwanda in 1994.
The U.N. has claimed that officials have uncovered 34 bodies in a mass grave in Bentiu. Another U.N. official documented two other mass graves filled with 14 and 20 bodies in the same region and expressed concern for 75 unaccounted for Dinka soldiers. more >>
Nigerian Christians have once again found themselves the target of the violent Islamist extremists in the country.
Eight gunmen from the militant Muslim Fulani herdsmen group killed six people, including five children, in central Nigeria on Dec. 17.
"I found out that Miracle Ishaya (2 years old) had his intestines spilled on his bed as he was shot in his stomach," Deborah Stephen 28, who lost her 4-year-old son and had her 6-year-old sent to the hospital in critical condition, told Morning Star News. "I was also told by relatives that the Muslim gunmen who attacked our home were eight, and that they wore military camouflage and bullet-proof vests." more >>
Egypt's Interim President Adli Mansour has promised he would secure churches during the upcoming holidays and during the time of the referendum and elections.
Mina Magdi, coordinator of the Maspero Youth Union (MYU), revealed the comments came as the president spoke during a meeting of 50 members of revolutionary and party movements. The president also discussed the future vision of holding the presidential election before the parliamentary election and how the parliamentary elections will be held.
Mansour listened to reports on the suffering of Copts due to sectarian attacks and delays in building and restoration of churches that were destroyed on August 14, following the dispersal of the Brotherhood's sit-ins. more >>