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Televised and online services replaced the usually packed-out Orthodox Easter congregations across Eastern Europe and the Middle East as coronavirus lockdowns persist.

In today's roundup: Orthodox Easter celebrated at home, UK criticised over ethnic minority Covid-19 deaths, Iranians permitted not to fast over Ramadan while prisoners are granted extra furlough.

Egypt postpones new administrative capital move over coronavirus

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Egypt postpones new administrative capital move over coronavirus

Postponing the move to the new capital is a major blow to a project personally conceived of by Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, which has already suffered many delays.

Copts in Egypt: Trapped between a strongman and saviour

Charlie Hoyle

Copts in Egypt: Trapped between a strongman and saviour

Sisi has long crafted an image as the protector of Coptic Christians, a community trapped between the state and society with protection from ...

Angry Copts mourn Egypt bus attack victims Angry Copts mourn Egypt bus attack victims

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Angry Copts mourn Egypt bus attack victims

Egyptian Coptic Christians buried victims who were killed when IS militants attacked a bus carrying pilgrims on Friday.

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Bishop murder saga rattles Egypt's Coptic community

For years the Coptic Christian community, about 10 percent of Egypt's mainly Sunni Muslim population of 100 million, have coped with marginalisation and the ire of extremists.

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Egypt prosecutors order ex-monk detained over Coptic abbot death

Egypt, the birthplace of Christian monasticism, is home to some of the world's most ancient monasteries, nestled in the country's barren desert.

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Egypt's Coptic pope quits 'waste of time' Facebook

In his last Facebook post Pope Tawadros II said social media was a 'waste of time, age and life'.

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Egypt Coptic Church halts accepting monks after bishop death

The body of Bishop Epiphanius, the 68-year-old abbot of Saint Macarius monastery, was found with head injuries on Sunday in what was being ...

Saudi crown prince concludes Egypt tour with mosque visit

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Saudi crown prince concludes Egypt tour with mosque visit

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman visited al-Azhar mosque in old Cairo as the final destination of his whistle-stop tour of Egypt focused on ...

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Cairo, Riyadh sign $16 billion deal during prince visit

Saudi Arabia and Egypt have agreed to establish a multi-billion joint fund to develop a mega-city during a visit by the Saudi crown prince to ...

Saudi Arabia's influential crown prince lands in Egypt

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Saudi Arabia's influential crown prince lands in Egypt

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has been received by Egypt's President Sisi on arrival in Cairo, as he kicks off his maiden foreign tour

Chronicles of the Egyptian Revolution

Laith Saud

Chronicles of the Egyptian Revolution

Book review: Bassiouni's account of Egypt's revolution is an engaging insight into Egypt's Arab Spring and its aftermath, from the side of state ...

Egypt's Copts celebrate Orthodox Christmas amid tightened security measures

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Egypt's Copts celebrate Orthodox Christmas amid tightened security measures

Thousands of Egypt's Copts flocked to local churches to celebrate Orthodox Christmas eve amid tightened security following a year blighted by ...

Pence pays surprise visit to US troops in Afghanistan Pence pays surprise visit to US troops in Afghanistan

The New Arab

Pence pays surprise visit to US troops in Afghanistan

Pence had been expected to visit Egypt and Israel this week, but instead paid a visit to the men and women fighting America's longest-ever war.

Charlie Hoyle

Palestinian Christians decry Trump's Jerusalem decision

Trump's decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital has left Palestinian Christians dismayed, with communities worried about their future in the city following the historic shift in US foreign policy.

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Israeli security guard stabbed as Jerusalem protests flare up

A Palestinian stabbed and seriously wounded an Israeli security guard in Jerusalem on Sunday, amid unrest over the White House's declaration of ...

The New Arab

Egypt's Coptic Pope cancels Pence meeting over Jerusalem move

Egypt's Coptic Pope has cancelled a meeting with US Vice President Mike Pence in Cairo later this month in protest at Washington's ...

The anti-gay agenda of Egypt's Coptic Orthodox Church

Bård Kårtveit

The anti-gay agenda of Egypt's Coptic Orthodox Church

Comment: As the Coptic Orthodox Church pushes Sisi's homophobic policies, young Copts in Egypt are orienting themselves towards Europe and North ...

Sam Fouad

Sisi and Trump: What do Copts see in strongmen?

Comment: The Coptic community in both the US and Egypt has thrown its support behind authoritarian leaders, but at what price? asks Sam Fouad.

Egypt's Islamic foundation cancels Ramadan celebrations following IS attack Egypt's Islamic foundation cancels Ramadan celebrations following IS attack

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Egypt's Islamic foundation cancels Ramadan celebrations following IS attack

The Egyptian state body responsible for issuing Islamic advisory opinions cancelled its annual Ramadan month celebrations after an attack on ...

Egypt refers 48 to military trial over church bombings

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Egypt refers 48 to military trial over church bombings

Egypt's general prosecution referred on Sunday 48 defendants to military court on charges of involvement in three recent deadly church bombings ...

<em>Pope</em> leaves Egypt with a strong 'No' to violence

Jo Schietti

Pope leaves Egypt with a strong 'No' to violence

Analysis: During his visit, the Pope spoke passionately about the need for practicing justice, writes Jo Schietti.

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