April 12, 2013 |
CAIRO - The Mass was celebrated as if from centuries past: A bearded priest veiled in incense chanted for grace in a church along the Nile, near the spot where Christians believe Jesus and his mother sought refuge in an earlier age of bloodshed and uncertainty. Marianne Samir knelt and prayed for the Coptic Christians killed in a spasm of sectarian violence that has further shaken a nation engulfed in economic and political anxieties. "I feel unsafe," said Samir, a high school philosophy teacher with a cross tattooed on her wrist.
December 9, 1987 |
Egypt's population topped the 52-million mark last week.
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July 17, 2003 |
Mamdouh Mahran, 58, a jailed Egyptian newspaper editor who had run an article -- about a Coptic Orthodox monk -- that sparked riots, died of a heart attack Sunday in Cairo. In June 2001, Mahran, then editor of the weekly Al-Nabaa, published a story saying that the monk, in a southern Egyptian monastery, had been having sex with women and then blackmailing them. The church condemned the article and refused to accept Mahran's apology.
January 18, 2005 |
A funeral for an Egyptian Christian couple and their two daughters slain last week devolved into a melee after the services Monday, with mourners shoving and punching each other as many blamed Muslims for the killings. Investigators are looking into the possibility that Hossam Armanious, 47, his 37-year-old wife, Amal Garas, and their daughters, Sylvia, 15, and Monica, 8, were slain by a Muslim angered over postings that the father wrote in an Internet chat room.
April 17, 2006 |
Police fired into the air with live ammunition and lobbed tear gas at crowds of rioting Christians and Muslims on Sunday, the third day of sectarian violence in Egypt's second-largest city. One man reportedly died Sunday of his injuries. Police said 40 people had been wounded in clashes and 80 had been arrested over the weekend. The riots were touched off Friday by knife attacks at three Coptic Christian churches that left one person dead and up to 16 injured.
September 23, 2007 |
Millions of Egyptians could be forced permanently from their homes, the country's ability to feed itself devastated. That's what probably awaits this already impoverished nation by the end of the century, if predictions about climate change hold true. The World Bank describes Egypt as particularly vulnerable to the effects of global warming, saying the country faces potentially "catastrophic" consequences. "The situation is serious and requires immediate attention.