The Islamic University of Al Azhar, the highest academic center of Sunni Islam, has joined the Coptic Orthodox Patriarchate in Egypt in the fight against the epidemic of female genital mutilation.
Fides News Agency reported that Coptic Orthodox Patriarch Tawadros II and Sheikh Ahmed al Tayyeb, imam of al-Azhar, signed a joint statement on Monday committing their fight against the many abuses children in Egypt suffer.
Statistics show that more than 70 percent of all Egyptian children suffer some form of abuse or violence within their families and communities, Fides added. more >>
The hijacker of EgyptAir's flight from Alexandria to Cairo on Tuesday has been arrested, officials have just confirmed.
According to CNN, officials described the 58-year-old perpetrator as "unstable" and though his drama ended with no one getting hurt, fear among the passengers could be felt as the day ended with his arrest.
Farrah El Dibany told the outlet that she had noticed something was wrong since the plane started taking passports from passengers and it was taking too long for the plane to land. "One of the cabin crew told us, 'We are hijacked. We're being hijacked.' There was a lot of panic and crying on the plane," she said. more >>
A human rights group has called on Egypt to drop charges against four Christian teenagers and their teacher who were accused of blasphemy for making a private video that mocks the Islamic State terror group.
Human Rights Watch issued a statement Sunday calling on Egyptian authorities to "quash blasphemy sentences handed down to four Christian boys and their teacher over a video mocking ISIS They should also revoke the penal code article that authorities use to prosecute blasphemy."
Nadim Houry, deputy Middle East director for the group, added in a statement that the four children sentenced were only playing an immature joke. more >>
Three Christian teenagers have been sentenced to five years in jail by an Egyptian court after they were accused of mocking Islam.
The three boys, ages 15 to 18, were sentenced Thursday in Egypt's Minya province. They were charged last year with insulting Islam after recording a video while on a class field trip.
The video, recorded in January 2015, showed the boys pretending to be Islamic State militants by reciting Quranic prayers and pretending to slit each others' throats. more >>
Christians around the world are taking time this week to remember the 21 Coptic Christians who were beheaded by Islamic State militants one year ago in a threatening video to the "nation of the cross."
"One profound result and gift of this horrific act is that it brought people together," said Bishop Amba Angaelos, General Bishop of the Coptic Orthodox Church, in a service of commemoration last week in the Chapel of St. Mary Undercroft in the Palace of Westminster, London.
"These men paid the ultimate price, but gave us a cause to advocate for all those persecuted; they also showed us that there was a level of evil that we must all stand in solidarity against, and a level of courage, faithfulness and defiance that we must all aspire to," Angelos added. more >>
UNITED NATIONS — Former U.N. Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali has died, Venezuelan U.N. Ambassador Rafael Dario Ramirez Carreno, president of the U.N. Security Council for February, said on Tuesday. He was 93.
An Egyptian, Boutros-Ghali served one five-year term as U.N. chief from 1992 to 1996.
The 15-member Security Council observed a minute's silence. No further details on his death were immediately available. more >>