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Conflict between Pope and secular Copts escalates over personal status law

CAIRO: Clashes between Pope Shenouda, the Patriarch of Saint Mark Episcopate, and the Secular Copts group have escalated after the latter presented the Ministry of Justice with a draft personal status law parallel to the one presented by the church. Pope Shenounda denounced the group’s draft law, and accused the group of violating the Bible’s …

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Secular Copts present own version of unified personal status bill

CAIRO: The Secular Copts group presented to the Ministry of Justice last week its version of the unified personal status draft law for non-Muslims, which is currently being prepared by ministry and church representatives. Following controversy over a court ruling — which was later frozen — obliging the Church to give remarriage licenses to divorcees, …

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Tagammu Party to run in parliamentary elections with 80 candidates

CAIRO: The leftist Tagammu Party announced on Tuesday that it will nominate 80 candidates, including eight women, in the upcoming parliamentary election, scheduled for November. The party’s general secretariat will hold a meeting on Saturday to announce the preliminary list of selected candidates which so far includes about 50. This announcement comes a few months …

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Court postpones April 6 Movement’s lawsuit for the right to demonstrate

CAIRO: The Administrative Court postponed until Nov. 16 the examination of a lawsuit filed by the April 6 Youth Movement, demanding the right to demonstrate. The lawsuit condemns the Ministry of Interior’s role in obstructing demonstrators instead of securing the demonstrations, according to the Egyptian constitution and international conventions that guarantee the right to demonstrate. …

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Court ruling leaves Al-Ghad Party with no leader

  CAIRO: The Supreme Administrative Court accepted on Sunday an appeal by the political parties committee and Al-Ghad Party’s president Moussa Mostafa Moussa on a previous ruling that obliged them to recognize Ehab El-Kholy as head of the party.   The court, however, also rejected a lawsuit filed by Moussa to recognize him as the …

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Christian convert case postponed due to feud between his lawyers

CAIRO: The Administrative Court postponed the case of covert to Christianity Maher El-Gohary to Nov. 19, because of a feud between his three lawyers. El-Gohary, who converted to Christianity 34 years ago, had filed a case against Prime Minister Ahmed Nazif and Minister of Interior Habib El Adly in November 2009 when he and his …

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Differences over adoption mar discussions of unified personal status law

CAIRO: Naguib Gobrael, head of the Egyptian Union for Human Rights Organization, proposed a bill to the Ministry of Justice, allowing adoption among Christians. The bill is proposed at a time when differences among the three main Egyptian churches — Orthodox, Catholic and Evangelical — are riled over articles included in the personal status law …

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Egyptians oblivious to political situation, says Al Jazeera journalist

  CAIRO: “[Mohamed] ElBaradei needs a miracle,” journalist Howaida Taha, who produced a documentary about the former IAEA head for Al Jazeera, told Daily News Egypt.   “Following my interviews with different people, I reached the conclusion that the Egyptian people are oblivious [to the political situation in Egypt] and don’t follow anything related to …

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Bahais demand inclusion in unified personal status law

CAIRO: Egypt’s Bahais are demanding they be included in the unified personal status law for non-Muslims or the formation of a new legislation that includes them altogether. Bahais, whose numbers range between 2,000 to 3,000 in Egypt, can’t document their marriages because the state doesn’t recognize them. The Supreme Administrative Court last year ruled in …

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Pope Shenouda resorts to Supreme Constitutional Court on remarriage controversy

CAIRO: Pope Shenouda III, head of Egypt’s Coptic Orthodox Church, assigned the Church’s legal committee to file a lawsuit at the Supreme Constitutional Court to settle the legal controversy regarding the Administrative Court’s ruling that compels the church to allow divorced Orthodox Copts to remarry. Ramses El-Naggar, a lawyer representing the Orthodox Church, told Daily …

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Prosecutor General looks into calls to arrest Netanyahu and Barak on entering Egypt

CAIRO: Prosecutor General Abdel Meguid Mahmoud opened an investigation into a complaint submitted by activists and MPs calling for the arrest of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his Defense Minister Ehud Barak upon entering Egypt. The complaint, filed on June 3, accuses Israeli officials of committing war crimes and crimes against humanity during the …

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Tens of Copts demonstrate near parliament

CAIRO: Tens of Copts demonstrated Sunday in front of parliament, demanding the People’s Assembly pass a unified personal status law for Copts and another regulating the construction of houses of worship. The demonstration, which was organized by the Egyptian Union for Human Rights Organization, featured the participation of 11 groups representing Diaspora Copts from the …

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Supreme Admin Court approves Pope Shenouda's writ on remarriage ruling

CAIRO: The Supreme Administrative Court agreed to a writ by Pope Shenouda on its May 29 ruling that obliged him to allow divorced Orthodox Copts to remarry. While there are no appeals in supreme courts, accepting a writ means the implementation of the verdict would be halted until the case is reconsidered by the court. …

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ElBaradei more determined to fight for change

CAIRO: Reform leader Mohamed ElBaradei announced that he agreed with a number of leftist leaders and members of the "Leftists for ElBaradei" campaign to participate in his campaign for reform and collect signatures for his petition. ElBaradei, former director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), met Tuesday evening with a number of prominent …

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Pope Shenouda says Church will not implement remarriage ruling

CAIRO: Pope Shenouda III, head of Egypt’s Coptic Orthodox Church, reiterated the Church’s refusal to implement a verdict by the Supreme Administrative Court that allows divorced Orthodox Copts to remarry. At a press conference in St. Mark’s Cathedral in Abassiyya, Pope Shenouda said that he is worried about "restrictions on Copts in practicing their faith." …

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Activists, MPs call for Netanyahu, Barak arrest over flotilla raid

CAIRO: Egyptian activists and MPs filed a complaint to Prosecutor General Abdel Meguid Mahmoud on Thursday, calling for the arrest of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his Defense Minister Ehud Barak upon entering Egypt. The group says the Israeli officials committed war crimes and crimes against humanity during the Israeli attack on the ‘Freedom …

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Supreme Admin Court obliges Pope to allow divorced Copts to re-marry

CAIRO: The Supreme Administrative Court rejected on Saturday Pope Shenouda’s appeal and obliged him to allow divorced Orthodox Copts to remarry. The Administrative Court had issued a ruling in favor if a Copt, Hani Wasfi, allowing him to remarry after obtaining divorce through court. But Pope Shenouda III, head of Egypt’s Coptic Orthodox Church, appealed …

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Thousands due for release under emergency law amendments: rights groups

CAIRO: Rights groups started compiling a list of political and criminal detainees who should be released under the amendments to the emergency law. The amendments to the law limit its implementation to terrorism and drug related crimes. According to the interpretations and the statements by governmental officials including Fathi Sorour, People’s Assembly speaker, these amendments …

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ElBaradei arrives in Cairo with no fanfare

CAIRO: Mohamed ElBaradei, head of the National Coalition for Change arrived in Cairo unannounced Monday afternoon following an almost month-long trip abroad. Sources at the National Coalition for Change told Daily News Egypt, "ElBaradei expressed his desire not to notify the media of the time of his arrival and kept it a secret. Only a …

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Activist, lawyer accused of defaming the judiciary speaks to prosecution office

CAIRO: The Cairo appeals prosecution office on Monday listened to the testimony of the director of the Arab Center for the Independence of the Judiciary, Nasser Amin, who is accused of defaming the judiciary. Yehia El-Dakroury, chairman of the Judges’ Club, had accused Amin of defamation through press releases in which the latter criticized the …

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Activist sentenced to six months in prison

CAIRO: The Qasr El-Nil Misdemeanors Court on Saturday sentenced activist Ahmed Saad Abu Doma to six months in prison with an LE 300 bail, on charges of vandalism of state property and assaulting a central security officer, leaving him with bruises. Abu Doma was arrested on May 3 at a demonstration headed by Members of …

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Witnesses identify two of three suspects in Naga Hammadi case

CAIRO: The Emergency State Security Criminal Court in Qena on Tuesday adjourned to June 19 the trial of the Naga Hammadi drive-by shooting case, which left six Copts and a Muslim guard dead on Jan. 6. After hearing prosecution testimonies, the court requested that Bishop Kirollos, who heads the church in the area, to testify. …

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Investigations postponed with director of center for independent judiciary

CAIRO: The Prosecutor General’s office on Monday postponed till May 24 the investigation of director of the Arab Center for the Independence of the Judiciary, Nasser Amin upon the request of his defense committee. A police report was filed against Amin by chairman of the Judges’ Club, Yehia Ragheb Dakroury, accusing him of slander and …

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Court abandons case of Copt accused of raping Muslim girl

CAIRO: The Qena Criminal Court announced on Saturday that it has stepped down from the case of Girgis Baroumi, a 22-year-old Copt accused of raping a 12-year-old girl in the town of Farshout due to conflict of interest. The same Court is trying the case of the three Muslims accused in the drive-by shooting of …

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Violations in the application process for Shoura elections, says report

CAIRO: The method in which candidate applications are received for Shoura Council (Upper House of Parliament) mid-term elections violate international standards for holding free and fair elections, a rights report said. The most evident violation is the prevention of several candidates from submitting their nomination papers, said the report that the Egyptian Organization for Human …

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Lawyers aim to collect 5 mln signatures supporting ElBaradei's demands

CAIRO: Lawyers are joining forces with the National Coalition for Change’s campaign to garner public support for its seven demands for change, by having 100 law offices collect signatures. Mohamed ElBaradei, Former Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and head of the National Coalition for Change, had presented seven demands for political …

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The trial of activist Abu Doma is postponed until May 15

CAIRO: The Qasr El Nil Misdemeanor Court on Saturday postponed the trial of activist Ahmed Saad Abu Doma to May 15. Abu Doma, who claims he was tortured, is to remain in custody until then. The April 6 Youth Movement activist is charged with assaulting two police officers, intentionally causing damage to state property and …

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State Security prosecution to investigate author of 'Azazil' for insulting Christianity

CAIRO: Prosecutor General Abdel Meguid Mahmoud referred the complaint filed against author and novelist Youssef Ziedan, to the State Security prosecution, which will begin investigations early next week. The complaint was filed by the head of the Egyptian Union for Human Rights, Naguib Gobrael, against the award-winning author of “Azazil” for insulting Christianity through statements …

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Prosecution accuses April 6 activists of assaulting an officer

CAIRO: The Central Cairo prosecution office started on Monday investigations of a member of the April 6 youth movement, Ahmed Abu Doma, who was arrested during his participation in a demonstration organized by Members of Parliament to demand an end to emergency law. The prosecution accused Abu Doma of gathering and assaulting a police officer …

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Arab Journalists Union calls on UN to protect journalists

CAIRO: The Arab Journalists Union on Monday called on UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to put in place regulations and rules that protect journalists especially in conflict zones. The union was wary of what it described as "the Arab Press entering its last phase of decline" despite the relative revival of the press in some …

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